Day Trip Suggestions for Chico, CA

Chico, CA is a phenomenal DayTripping destination. There’s so much to do that a trip there, may find you planning your next chance to return. Located in Northern California, this destination area has something for everyone, regardless of the type of DayTripper you are, or whether you are a single, couple or a family.

Following are our suggestions for making the most out of your day trip to the Chico area:


tin-roofWell-Rounded Adventure DayTripper

Begin the day with a trip to Tin Roof Bakery for the best chocolate croissants in town

Next, hike along the North Rim Trail in Upper Bidwell Park for panoramic views

Enjoy a picnic at One Mile’s Sycamore Pool

Take a scenic ride through the many biking and walking trails in Lower Bidwell Park

End the evening with a drink on one of the many restaurant patios downtown or a performance at the Laxson Auditorium on Chico State’s campus.


Active DayTripper

Plan to spend the entire day floating down the Sacramento River. Finish off with a beer on the patio at Scotty’s Landing


Hiking north of Chico at Feather Falls for incredible waterfall views.
Driving to Paradise to hike, swim and cliff jump at The Flumes

To pack a bunch adventure into a day, try this itinerary:

Start the day hiking to Paradise Lake in Magalia for beautiful water views, hiking and paddle boats

Next, time to paddle boarding down the Sacramento River

After lunch, either bike Lower Bidwell Park


Head to Butte Creek Ecological Reserve for hiking and wildlife

Finally, end the day hiking in Upper Bidwell Park for Chico’s beautiful sunsets


macaroonFoodie DayTripper

(Early Breakfast): Tin Roof Bakery for pastries, The Roost for classic eggs, bacon and hash, or Nash’s for champagne brunch.

(Lunch): The Upper Crust for soups, sandwiches and quiche, Grana Wood Fired Foods for wood oven pizza and fresh local ingredients or Burgers & Brew for great burgers and fries.

(Dinner): B Street Public House for fried chicken tacos, classic poutine, and a huge, delicious Cubano sandwich.


See the Sights DayTripper

5 Best bets in and around Chico to sightsee are:

  1. Bidwell Mansion
  2. Honey Run covered bridge
  3. Rancho Llano Seco
  4. New Clairvaux Vineyard and Monastery
  5. Sycamore Pool in Lower Bidwell Park and Monkey Face in Upper Bidwell Park


tour-peopleParty People DayTrippers

We recommend a few options here, but regardless what you choose, always designate a sober driver!

First, take a tour through the Sierra Nevada Brewery and stay for a great meal. For more information, click HERE.


The Handlebar, Burgers and Brew or the Winchester Goose for craft beer and food lovers.


For the brave of heart, go for a Chico Pub Crawl:

Start at: Madison Bear Garden, one of Chico’s most iconic bars.

Mosey on over to: The Banshee for great pub food and beer.

Check out: Duffys, a long-standing local favorite.

And if you still have the energy, wrap-up at: The Argus for late-night cocktails.

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Juliet Reingold

Juliet Reingold is a writer and social media whiz who loves everything food, beer, travel, fitness and adventure. She is an Ad Sales Representative for DayTripperMag.

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