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Chico is 22 miles east of I-5 via Highway 32.

Though many residents of this charming small town prefer to play it down, Chico is most famous for its party school, Chico State--the second-oldest university in the state.  Both Playboy and MTV have acknowledged this claim to fame.  And indeed, students are seen all around the town, which is not particularly surprising since downtown streets dead-end at the campus.  Still, in spite of the fact that Chico is first and foremost Party Central, much more to see and do awaits visitors here.  It is no wonder that Chico is also referred to as “the crown jewel of the north valley,” and many movies were filmed here, among them Gone with the Wind and Clint Eastwood’s The Outlaw Josey Wales.  It is an interesting fact that streets are named for plants and trees near the college--Chestnut, Hazel, Ivy, Cherry, Orange--spelling out “Chico.”




Butte County Cultural Tourism
Chico Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center



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