is a small town located about 2 hours drive north of Sacramento
on Highway 99
. Since Sacramento is the nearest sizable city to Chico, the town is pretty far out in the boonies. However, due to the state university's presence, the city is actually a huge party town. People come from far and wide to participate in festivities at times such as halloween
, get extremely trashed
, and have casual sex
. Chico is an incredible contrast to any of the conservative nearby towns.
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale comes from Chico, a beer which is popular in the area, but not one of my favorites. Chico also contains a venue known as the Brick House, where good bands like Less than Jake or Home Grown occasionally play. The northern Sierra Nevada mountains are only a 30 minute drive away, adding to the area's appeal. However, during summer the area is basically a living hell. All the college students flee the area and temperatures often rise to 110 degrees or higher. Visit this town in the spring or fall.