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A Day in Butte County Waterfalls, museums, downtown shopping and dining, and more!

Vacation opportunities in Butte County are rich and varied - you'll find everything from local wineries to stunning waterfalls. Add in some boutique shopping unique to the area, and world-class dining, and you have the makings of a perfect trip! Below we've put together some of our favorite sites for a day that encapsulates the best that Butte County has to offer.

Feather Falls

Start your day off with a trip to Feather Falls! At 640 feet, this waterfall is one of the tallest in the nation. Don't forget your camera - the trail to the falls is a National Scenic Trail and offers incredible views of Bald Rock Dome and Bald Rock Canyon as well as the falls.

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After you've seen Feather Falls, stop by Bolt's Antique Tool Museum in the nearby city of Oroville. The museum displays approximately 12,000 different tools dating all the way back to the 1820's.

Downtown Chico

Once you've seen the museum, head into Chico for lunch. Downtown Chico is a hub for local restaurants - you'll find a wide variety of tasty cuisine, all within a few blocks! Once you've had your fill check out the shopping in the area as well - downtown Chico is home to a wide variety of local boutiques and art studios.

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Bidwell Mansion State Park

After lunch take a tour of Bidwell Mansion State Park. This opulent 1800’s home was constructed by town leaders John and Annie Bidwell and was state-of-the-art in its day, with the era’s best plumbing, gas lighting and water systems.

Bidwell Park

After you've explored Bidwell Mansion, check out Bidwell Park – the Bidwells donated the land for what would become the State of California’s third largest municipal park in 1905, and it remains a highlight of the town to this day with acres of forest, trails, and swimming holes.

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Finish your day with dinner at Almendra Winery & Distillery. Try out their world class menu for wine country elegance with a hometown feel. Don't forget to try out the drinks either - from wine straight from the vineyard to a cocktail made with their specialty gin.