Beautiful Chico California

Our nickname is the "City of Trees"

Chico sits about a hundred miles north of Sacramento in the Sacramento Valley. This area is a world-known center for agriculture. Nuts, rice, fruits and row-crops contribute mightily to the North Valley economy!

Whether you come straight in on Highway 99 or take I-5 and connect through Highway 32, be sure your path leads to Downtown Chico! This quaint downtown still feels much as it did 50 years ago.

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The city plaza (above left) makes a nice spot to sit and rest while strolling the Downtown Area (above right).

During the Spring and Summer Chico uses this little bandstand area for Friday Night Concerts!

Chico values its trees and its architecture.

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Bidwell Mansion was the home of our founding father, John Bidwell (see your history book, under "gold rush"!)

The Chico Charmer (as we call our dear old treasures) above, right,

is an example of the historic old homes we are well known for!


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California State University Chico sits in the heart of Chico.

Many folks either come to Chico for college and stay, or find themselves drawn back to their alma matter, years later when they are ready to improve their life style. Chico is a hard town to forget! We have several very unique features that set us apart from other small cities in Northern California.

Agriculture is the backbone of Chico. With that we have a strong influence of good old-fashioned Americana!

However, the University keeps us from being too rural in thought and attitude. Since the college is literally in  the center of town, the collegiate influence and activities are shared by many. Bikes are a common mode of transportation, college sports events are attended by much of town. San Juan Capistrano is known for its sparrows returning, with Chico, our big annual event is when the students come back!

And of course, we have Bidwell Park!

The 2nd largest Municipal park in the US, Bidwell Park stretches right through town, up into the foothills and canyons of the Sierras! Bike paths, walking and horse trails, large party picnic areas, or private family spots, Bidwell Park has it all! There is a small lake setup for kids to learn how to fish. The golf course is a favorite, and Chico's swimming holes are known far and wide. 

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The pictures do not do justice to our Beautiful Chico! I will add more photos, but for a real show, give me a call and I will be happy to give you the Grand Tour!