Chico Visitor Guide
Welcome to Chico!
You’re in for a treat. Many of the people who fall in love with this town do so because they happened to come here for a visit. Don’t blame us if you end up staying. We’re proud of the city’s natural beauty, thriving arts scene and all-around fun, friendly atmosphere.
This Visitor Guide welcome comes to you from the News & Review, Chico’s award-winning weekly newspaper and publisher of this booklet. This community of just under 100,000 people is cozy, but there’s certainly no lack of things to do in this classic American college town. Check this guide to find special events, everyday adventures and our favorite spots to get away from it all.
Spring and Summer Highlights
There’s barely a weekend this season when Chico’s streets aren’t abuzz with activity. Check this list of community events when you’re planning for fun.
Whether you’re shopping or peoplewatching, downtown Chico is where it happens. Here’s our overview of the heart of the community.
This easy-reference map can lead you around downtown and other parts of the city.
Sure, it’s hot, but we have plenty of ideas to get away from it all this spring and summer.
Where to stay? From motels to bed-and-breakfast inns, the choice is up to you.
Curious about Chico history? This walking tour, centered around downtown, is an exciting way to learn where this town came from.
Two malls, a cozy downtown, art galleries and more. Watch your wallet—it’s a shopper’s dream.
The little ones can get their energy out at many spots around town. Bidwell Park is the biggest playground around.
Chico State University is responsible for giving Chico its college-town atmostphere. The campus is located right next to downtown and is striking, with an especially impressive feature of a creek running through it.
This natural playground is a favorite of bicyclists, skaters, equestrians, hikers, swimmers and picnickers.
Whether your idea of fun is a bar, a night at the theater or a classical concert, Chico has it.
Wine & Dine
Hungry? No worries. Chico has dishes to suit every palate.