Travel to Chico
Chico is in the heart of Northern California, located just 90 miles north of the State Capitol, Sacramento. Situated on the east side of the Sacramento valley, surrounded by fertile farm land on the west and bordered on the east by the Sierra Nevada foothills, Chico is a friendly town that welcomes you.
Chico is located at the intersection of California State Highway 99 and Highway 32.
From the North
On Interstate 5 heading south, you will exit in Red Bluff (exit 649) onto Antelope Boulevard (which is also Highway 36 and Highway 99) heading east. At about 2 miles, the main road turns into Highway 99 heading south to Chico.
From the South
In Sacramento, both I-5 and Highway 99 run concurrent with each other. Once on the north side of Sacramento, you will exit right (525B) to continue on 99 headed north toward Chico. After about 12 miles, highway 99 and 70 will split and it is easiest to continue on Highway 99 heading north. You will pass through the towns of Yuba City, Live Oak, and Gridley on your way.
From the East
Interstate 80 is the major east-west thoroughfare in Northern California. Interstate 80 junctions with Interstate 5 and Highway 99 in Sacramento. Follow directions driving directions (above) from the south.
From the West
Interstate 80 is the major east-west thoroughfare in Northern California. Coming from the San Francisco Bay area, you have the option of taking Interstate 505 north (exit 56) which ultimately merges with I-5 heading north. Once on this route, continue north to Orland, where you will take Highway 32 (exit 619) and head east toward Chico, about 20 miles. Otherwise, continue on Interstate 80 heading toward Sacramento and exit onto Interstate 5 headed north (exit 86) and follow the directions (above) from the south.
If you are flying, the easiest airport access to Chico is through Sacramento International Airport (SMF). From Sacramento, you can get a rental car or take advantage of North Valley Shuttle which can provide round-trip pickup and drop-off services between the Sacramento airport and Chico.
If you are renting a car at the airport, Chico is a relatively easy hour and a half drive. When exiting the airport, get on I-5 headed south back toward Sacramento and take exit 525B (just over 2 miles after getting on I-5) onto Highway 99 headed north toward Yuba City and Chico. Then follow the driving directions (above) from the south.
Many people in the past have chosen to fly through San Francisco (SFO) as it is a larger airline hub. If flying into San Francisco, you will need to rent a car and it is about a 3 and half to 4 hour drive from San Francisco to Chico with good traffic.
Chico has a variety of places to stay, but they tend to fill rather quickly, so please book a room as soon as you can.
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Local Recommended hotels:
Hotel Diamond – Located Downtown and next to Bird in Hand
220 W 4th St, Chico, CA 95928
P: (530) 893-3100
Courtyard by Marriott
2481 Carmichael Dr, Chico, CA 95928
P: (530) 894-6699
Residence Inn by Marriott
2485 Carmichael Dr, Chico, CA 95928
P: (530) 894-5500
685 Manzanita Ct, Chico, CA 95926
P: (530) 433-1636
Best Western Heritage Inn
25 Heritage Ln, Chico, CA 95926
P: (530) 894-8600