Chico Visitor Guide

Fall/Winter 2005

What a fantastic position you are in. If this is your first visit to Chico, you have a world of natural beauty, entertainment and pleasant surprises headed your way. If you’re moving here, you’ve learned what the rest of already know: Chico is hands down one of the best places to live in California—maybe even the nation.

But don’t take our word for it. In recent years, this fair city has been named one of the country’s 100 best art towns and the best “bike town.” Forbes, Money and Kiplinger’s are among the publications that have tabbed Chico tops among places to visit, live or retire.

It’s true: There’s something about Chico that takes hold of people and won’t let them go.

We suspect you may want to stick around for a while, which is why this Visitor Guide, brought to you by the News & Review, Chico’s award-winning weekly newspaper, includes information for those looking to settle here permanently.

This community of 100,000 people is cozy, but there’s no lack of things to do in this classic American college town. Use this guide to find special events, everyday adventures and our favorite places to get away from it all.

Fall and winter highlights
During Chico’s cooler months, the city is awash in special events, from plays to downtown holiday festivities.

There’s no need to head for the big city when Chico has everything you need right here.

* Chico facts
What is Chico made of? This section will get you up to speed on politics, demographics, how-tos.

What have you gotten yourself into?

The heart of Chico is its vibrant downtown, and you’ll find plenty to do and see by day or night.

With gorgeous grounds and outstanding academic programs, Chico State is a defining part of this town.

* Education
Chico has exemplary K-12 schools, public and private.

If you’re into hiking, picnicking, golfing or just exploring, Chico is the jumping-off point for a great day trip.

Chico has an ample supply of motels and bed-and-breakfast inns.

Bidwell Park
Expect your in-town friends to bring you here first thing. It’s the pride of Chico, with something for everyone.

Skate park
Find your grind at Chico’s only skate park, complete with challenging features for the board-crazy.

* Health & wellness
Chico has a top-notch hospital and a variety of other services for when your body’s in need of healing.

Wildlife foundation
Just a few short miles from Chico is the exotic, charitable Kirschner Wildlife Foundation.

Kid friendly
A place for kids? Chico has plenty to make the little ones feel welcome.

If it’s nightlife you want, it’s nightlife you’re going to get, from country to rock to punk.

Wine & Dine
Looking for something tasty? You’re in luck. Chico has a wide variety of food choices, and our list is categorized for your convenience.

* These “Relocation Guide” sections are especially for readers new to town.

This Visitor Guide is published twice a year by the Chico News & Review, 530-894-2300 •
Copyright 2005 Chico Community Publishing.