Chico, CA, USA

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Chico, CA, USA

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Urban buzz and lush parklands in Chico

Home to California State University, Chico, this area has the kind of relaxed, fun-loving feel you might expect from a college town. But there’s more to Chico than that. It’s blessed with sumptuous natural scenery that will bring out anyone’s inner explorer, while anyone with an interest in art will be spoiled for choice when it comes to galleries showing their wares. You can feel more like a local than a visitor with Chico vacation rentals, which include picturesque cottages with fireplaces and hardwood floors. Where better to get cozy and let your cares slip away during a jaunt to this part of California?

Epic parkland in Chico

Be sure to bring your walking boots, because you’ll be getting right back to nature near your Chico vacation rental. Bidwell Park is one of the largest city parks in the US, and is a far cry from a mere field with some trees. It’s a true slice of wilderness, with plenty of terrain to clamber over, and a swimming area that forms part of Big Chico Creek. Look out as well for the elaborate rock formations, including one in the shape of a monkey’s face. After recharging your batteries back at your rental, you can head out to central Chico, where numerous art galleries can be found amid tree-lined streets. Keep an eye out for the many murals and mosaics which decorate the landscape, too.

Mind-expanding attractions in Chico

Set within the historic Andrew Carnegie Library, is the Chico Museum. For decades, it’s been showcasing exhibits linked to the area’s past, and provides you with instant illumination about the community. It’s a place to take a breather amid the excitement elsewhere. Then there’s Chico Air Museum, which boasts gleaming, lovingly preserved planes from tumultuous eras like World War 2 and Vietnam. Kids will love the Gateway Science Museum, with its ever-changing exhibits, while the gardens outside feature “paleo plants” inspired by the fossil record of flora from eons past.

Year-round reasons to visit Chico

The appeal of downtown Chico, with its many places to eat and shop, means there’s never a bad time to settle into a Chico vacation rental. Even during the colder months, you’ll enjoy spending hours in the some of the restaurants, which have garnered national attention. Saying that, the spring and summer are great seasons for visiting, bringing out a green glow in the area’s sweeping parklands.

Wild woodlands near Chico

Nestled in the Sacramento Valley, Chico is close to Plumas National Forest, whose pines provide a cooling refuge on hot days. Embodying the grandeur of rural California, it is rich in wildlife and provides plenty of places to hike and swim. The region around Chico also boasts Mendocino National Forest, which is also a hiker’s paradise, and whose foothills come alive with Californian lilacs, lupines, and buttercups. It’s a ravishing place to wander come springtime, when the flowers bloom into vivid and kaleidoscopic life.