Find Your WOW in Butte County

Find Your WOW in Butte County

A Weekend of Wide-Open Wonders

Summer is the season of WOW! Whether you're exploring our wide-open wonders or discovering those WOW moments you didn't know you needed, Butte County is a great place for a getaway. So pack the car, invite a friend or two, and get ready for an unforgettable weekend as you enjoy Butte County classics and discover new favorites with our summer itinerary.

Explore Chico

Tube the Sacramento River

Nothing says summer in Chico like spending a few hours on the Sacramento River. A favorite among the university crowd, you'll feel like you're back in college as you and your friends enjoy an afternoon lazing in inner tubes and cracking open some cold ones among wide-open riverway.

Grab a Drink

Continue the reunion tour with drinks at the long-time university hangout Riley's for immaculate college vibes. For a more local experience, Duffy's Tavern is a favorite Downtown Chico dive bar, while Argus Bar + Patio serves up a more elevated experience.

Nostalgic Fun at Coin-Op Chico

One of the newest additions to the Downtown Chico landscape, Coin-Op Game Room Chico is a 21 and older arcade and bar. With dozens of arcade games, arcade-inspired cocktails, and delicious pub fare, it's a lively spot for a night out with friends.

Find the Perfect Spot to Stay the Night

Wherever you want to stay and whatever your budget, there's an spot for you! Find the perfect lodging here.

Brunch It Up

What's a weekend getaway without a champagne brunch? There's no shortage of brunch options across Butte County, but if you're looking for more celebratory options, Chico's Unwined Kitchen & Bar, Nash's, and Hudson's Gastropub all serve champagne and mimosas as part of their delicious brunch menu.

Explore Paradise

Get Outside Among the Pines

When those triple-digit summer temps hit the valley, escape to the higher elevation of the Paradise Ridge for a slight reprieve and plenty of WOW moments. With calm waters and forested shoreline, Paradise Lake is a favorite for easy kayaking and trail hiking. If you're looking for something more remote, the Forks of Butte Creek Recreation Area features several trails, primitive campsites, and even spots where you can pan for gold!

Nosh at Nic's

Featuring cold and hot sandwiches, salads, flatbreads, and shareable charcuterie boards, Nic's Deli & Wine Bar is the place to create the perfect picnic to enjoy on your adventures or dine-in with a glass of wine or beer post-adventure.

Explore Oroville

Spend the Day on the Water

If you're a water enthusiast, Lake Oroville is the place to be! With fishing, houseboating, water skiing, sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and so much more, there will be no shortage of WOW moments when you're on the water with your friends.

Dine at Provisions

After hours on the lake, it's time to unwind at Provisions for dinner and drinks. With a full bar, regular live music, and a beautiful outdoor patio, Provisions is a local favorite for friends' night out.

Discover Downtown Oroville

If you never explored Downtown Oroville before, now's the time to discover what you've been missing! Immensely walkable and full of hidden gems, Downtown Oroville is the city's go-to spot for dining, boutique shopping, and arts and culture events.