Chico / Butte County

In Chico, see gracious living preserved at gold-miner-and-gentlemen-farmer John Bidwell's mansion and grounds, in the Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park. The lovely Italianate mansion-testament to Bidwell's vast wealth-is open for guided tours. Beyond Lake Oroville, view Feather Falls, the sixth-largest waterfall in the United States. Microbrewery fans will enjoy tours of the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, also in Chico.

Drive to Oroville, where a large Chinatown once existed, to tour an 1853 Chinese temple, which houses historic artifacts. North of the city lies Lake Oroville, with boat ramps, campsites, houseboat rentals, and 167 miles of shoreline.