Top things to do

Brewery in Chico

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Hordes of beer snobs gather at the birthplace of the nationally distributed Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Schwarber, a Chico-only black ale. Also for sale are the ‘Beer Camp’ collaborations (www.beercamp.sierranevada.c…
Pub Food in Chico

Sierra Nevada Taproom & Restaurant

What's on tap is the main draw at the on-site restaurant of the Sierra Nevada Brewery. This genuine Chico destination is great for downing brews but lacks ambience – the huge, loud dining room is basically a factory…
University in Chico

Chico State University

Ask for a free map of the Chico State University campus, or about campus events and tours at the CSU Information Center, on the main floor of Bell Memorial Union. The attractive campus is infused with sweet floral f…
Californian in Chico

Leon Bistro

When the most ordinary thing on the menu is a wagyu beef burger with bacon-onion marmalade, you know you're in for something nice. Chef Ann Leon cooked in several fine kitchens before opening her namesake restaurant…
Historic Site in Chico

Honey Run Covered Bridge

The historic 1894 bridge is an unusual style this side of the country and a favorite spot for engagement photos. Take the Skyway exit off Hwy 99 on the southern outskirts of Chico, head east and go left on Honey Run…
Historic Building in Chico

Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park

Chico’s most prominent landmark, the opulent Victorian home was built for Chico’s founders John and Annie Bidwell. The 26-room mansion was built between 1865 and 1868 and hosted many US presidents. Tours start every…
Science Center in Chico

Chico Creek Nature Center

If you plan on spending the afternoon in Bidwell Park, first stop at this sparkling nature center, with displays on local plants and animals and excellent hands-on science programs for families. The exhibit hall is …
American in Chico

5th Street Steakhouse

This is the joint where college kids take their visiting parents. It features crisp white tablecloths, steaks tender enough to cut with a reproachful look, and occasional live jazz loud enough to drown out any disap…
Pizza in Chico

Celestino’s Live from New York Pizza

One of the best imitations of ‘real’ New York pizza in Northern California, they serve thin-crust pies and playfully themed variations like the meaty Godfather. The slice-n-a-soda lunch special for $4 is a good deal…
Bar in Chico

Madison Bear Garden

This whimsically decorated campus hangout is housed in a spacious brick building. It’s the place to chat with students over thick burgers and cold drafts. The boozy action happens late night in the big beer garden.