Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park, 525 Esplanade, ☎ +1 530 895-6144, . Mo Noon-5PM, Sat Su 11AM-5PM. This 26-room mansion formerly owned by John and Annie Bidwell was the first in the state to have indoor plumbing. 50 minute tours of the mansion depart every hour.Age 18 and over - $6, 5 to 17 - $3, 4 and under - Free. (39.7423,-121.8478)edit
Honey Run Covered Bridge, Intersection of Honey Run Rd. and Centerville Rd.. Sep-Apr 10AM-4:30PM; May-Aug 10AM-7PM. The only covered bridge in the United States to have three distinct rooflines. Freeedit
Bidwell Park, 1968 East 8th Street (Chico Creek Nature Center), ☎ +1 530 891-4671 (email@example.com, fax: +1 530 891-0837), . 5:30AM-one hour after sunset. America's seventh largest municipal park offers hiking, biking, swimming, and numerous other options for outdoor recreation. The lower section of the park begins near Highway 99 and extends north-east through the city and continues five miles into the foothills north of the city.edit
National Yo-Yo Musuem. The largest collection of yo-yos in the U.S.edit
Aca Taco, 133 Broadway Street, +1 530 894-0191. Aca Taco is one of the most popular late-night treats in Chico. Their popular buritos are a perfect adendum to a night well spent.
Fifth Street Steakhouse, 345 West Fifth Street, +1 530 891-6328. Arguably the best restaurant in Chico, and certainly one of the most expensive, this small but divine steakhouse is known as much for its extensive wine cellar as it is for its steaks.
Italian Cottage, 2234 Esplanade. In business since 1965. Awesome breakfast omelettes, especially the spicy Italian one with marinara sauce, melted cheese, sausage, and pepperoni.
Leon's, # 817 Main Street Chico, CA 95928. Nice food and vibe.edit
Pluto's, 210 Main Street, +1 530 343-0165, Fax: +1 530 343-0184, . Pluto's specializes in sandwiches and salads that are both healthy and unbelievably tasty. Anything with roasted turkey is particularly recommended.
Red Tavern, 1250 The Esplanade, ☎ +1 530-894-3463, . Chico's premiere dining establishment with expertly made, California-cuisine style meals. Reservations definitely needed on weekend nights.$15+. edit
Smokin' Mo's BBQ, 131 Broadway St, +1 530 891-6677. They offer tri-tip, chicken, pork, and ribs. You have 4 different sauces to choose from and you can take as much sauce from each type as you want. Its an order-at-the-counter place.
Sierra Nevada Taproom and Restaurant, 1075 E 20th St., ☎ (530) 345-2739, . T-Th: 11am-9pm; F-Sat: 11am-10pm. This is one of Chico's landmark restaurants. Sierra Nevada Brewery has been a Chico icon since its founding in 1979. Chicoans take great pride in their local brewery and Sierra Nevada can be found all throughout the town. The accompanying taproom and restaurant is one of the most popular places to eat in Chico. Almost always filled to capacity, the wait can be long sometimes, but the prices are reasonable and the food is top tier.edit
Sultan's Bistro, 300 Broadway St, +1 530 345-7455. The beef and lamb gyro plates make for one of the best dinners you'll ever have.
Woodstock's Pizza, 166 E 2nd St, +1 530 893-1500, Fax: +1 530 894-8156, . The title of best pizza joint in Chico is a contentious one and no one faults Woodstock's for throwing their hat into the ring. The variety of options and the tasty desserts are the perfect fuel for a night of studying or a night on the town.
Joe's Bar, 749 West 5th Street, +1 530 894-3612. Sawdust on the floor, music blaring, cheap drinks, a back patio, and a crowd that will be singing along after midnight.
Madison Bear Garden, locally known as "The Bear", is a favorite of the students of CSU Chico. A variety of burger variations is enough to keep any student sated for years. For the particularly adventurous, the Jiffy Burger (a hamburger with peanut butter!) is a must. At night the Bear transforms from a kitschy burger spot for locals to a late-night party with theme nights, contests, and music on the second floor into the wee hours of the morning.
Sierra Nevada Brewery, +1 530 893-3520. Take a tour, try some of the best microbrew in the country. The brewery offers an alehouse with excellent food and good beer for around $2.50 a glass. Try the beer sampler.
Butte Creek Brewing Co 945 W 2nd St, +1 530 894-7906. The very definition of a microbrewery, this modest outfit, thou often overshadowed by Sierra Nevada, they offer tastings and tours.
La Salles, 229 Broadway St, ☎ (530) 893-1891. One of the rowdiest bars in Chico, second only to the Crazy Horse, this is one of the most exciting venues in Chico. Thought the long lines, $10 cover and crowds are a source for complaints, anyone walking downtown on a Friday or Saturday night knows exactly where the party is. A raucous and exciting bar and venue, a must see for the not-faint of heart.edit
Panama's Bar and Cafe, 177 East Second Street, ☎ (530) 895-8817. A favorite of students this cafe/bar is an energetic and vibrant club known almost as much for its dance floor as it is for its Long Island Iced Teas. The fun tropical theme and fun atmosphere makes a fun alternative to some of the larger bars in Chico. While not a gay bar, necessarily, it does have a gay-friendly atmosphere. edit
Hotel Diamond in Chico, 220 West 4th Street, +1 530 893-3100, . The new Hotel Diamond opened its door in May, 2005 in the same building as the original. First opened for business on September 3, 1904, The original Diamond Hotel was the "only strictly first-class house in Chico, and the superior of any North of Sacramento." The reign of the Diamond was a relatively short 12 years, as a major fire in 1916 closed the doors. Between 1920's through 1990's, the building was occupied by Chico State University students as dormitory or a low cost hotel and eventually abandoned empty.
Days Inn Chico, 740 Broadway, ☎ 530-343-3286, . edit
Oxford Suites Chico, 2035 Business Lane, ☎ (800) 870-7848, . The newly referbished Oxford Suites is one of the best choices for business travelers. Reasonably priced with plenty of business centers and Wi-Fi throughout the facility, as well as a complimentary breakfast buffet this is a fine choice for travelers. edit
Vagabond Inn Chico, 630 Main Street, Chico, CA 95928, ☎ 530-895-1323, . checkin: 3:00pm; checkout: 11:00am. Vagabond Inn offers business and pet friendly rooms, cable TV, complimentary continental breakfast, swimming pool, free WiFi, and other services.(39.727191,-121.836993)edit
Additionally throughout Chico are a wealth of Bed and Breakfasts, most of which are independently owned and operated. This is a great way to see a more residential side of Chico as well as get a local's perspective on the town.