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Chico RV parks and campgrounds are spread around the outskirts of town, with many just to the north and also the south of the metro area. I-5 has many options, and where that freeway intersects with Route 99, in Red Bluff, there are even more places to hook up your fifth wheel. To the south, the area around Oroville is dotted with nearly a dozen parks and resorts to choose from.


Many RVers are drawn to Chico as a destination to set up a base of operations to explore all that Northern California has to offer. Chico is less than three hours away from San Francisco and San Jose, and about four from the beaches of Santa Cruz. At the same time, those who have selected a Chico RV resort, have access to to gems like Mendocino National Forest, Plumas National Forest, Lake Tahoe, Reno, and even Yosemite National Park.


The Feather Falls Casino and Lodge in Oroville has gaming for the grownups and endless entertainment options (just be sure to check out the casino’s calendar well in advance). And the many lakes, rivers, and parks in the area means that once you’ve spent all the money you’ve set aside for cards and slots, there’s plenty of wilderness to explore right outside. Close to town is Upper Bidwell Park, which extends into a canyon along the Big Chico Creek. It has miles of trails with interesting geologic formations and the classic rolling golden hills dotted with the oak trees and brush that California is known for. The park also has a swimming spot called the Bear Hole, a community observatory, and a golf course. The creek and park run right into downtown Chico and form the Lower Bidwell Park, creating an urban oasis in the middle of town.


While in Chico, history buffs should make their way to Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park, or any number of museums and exhibits put on by the University of California at Chico. There is an Air Museum, Science Museum, Print Museum, and the one and only National Yo-Yo Museum as well.