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Bakersfield, CA
Travel Guide

This Californian city is best known as the birthplace of famous country western music stars. Its blooming arts scene and outdoor adventures add to its appeal.

Bakersfield is known as “The Country Music Capital of the West Coast,” home to famous country musicians Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. In the 1950s, these two musicians created the Bakersfield Sound, a musical style derived from the music of Dust Bowl migrants. This medium-sized city in California’s San Joaquin Valley has a rich history and a thriving cultural scene that give visitors plenty to do and see.

Catch a show at the Crystal Palace, which was created by Buck Owens in 1996 as a high-class venue for country music. Not only a performance space, the Crystal Palace also houses a nightclub, bar and restaurant. Trace the career of the legendary singer at the Buck Owens Museum.

Bakersfield is close to several natural destinations. Sequoia National Forest is just a short drive up Kern River Canyon. Hike, bike or rock climb along the mountain’s peaks and trails. During warmer months, go fly-fishing or whitewater rafting. In winter, enjoy the snow on the well-maintained skiing and snowshoeing paths.

Downtown Bakersfield features a budding arts district. This historical area is now the backdrop for public murals and sculptures and has dozens of galleries and art shops. Also in arts district is the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, which focuses on anthropology, geology and paleontology. View its extensive collection of fossils and taxidermy animals. Not far from the museum is the Fox Theater, a performing arts destination in the city since 1930. Enjoy a variety of shows, ranging from ballet recitals to popular musicians on tour, in this historic art deco building. Learn about the history of the area at the Kern County Museum, about 30 minutes’ walk south of Buena Vista Museum.

Fly to Meadows Field Airport to reach Bakersfield or drive from Los Angeles, which is a 2-hour drive south. Whether you are an art aficionado, a fan of country-western music or simply want to enjoy the California wilderness, Bakersfield is worth a stop.

Where to stay in Bakersfield

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Bakersfield, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Bakersfield, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
3927 Marriott Drive, Bakersfield, CA
The price is $94 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kern River and Buck Owens Crystal Palace. Mechanics Bank Arena is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.
4.1/5Very Good! (896 reviews)
"Like the location ☺️"

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Bakersfield, an IHG Hotel
The Padre Hotel
The Padre Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1702 18th St, Bakersfield, CA
The price is $110 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
Located in Downtown Bakersfield, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Fox Theater and Mechanics Bank Arena. Kern County Museum and Buck Owens Crystal Palace ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (978 reviews)
"The Padre always has a cool vibe with a mixture of nostalgia from the 40’s and modern sleek design elements. Less favorable was the bed, always so comfortable in past stays but now there is a feather mattress topper that was on the bed unevenly and made crunching sounds when rolling in bed. Also ..."

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2021

The Padre Hotel
Hyatt Place Bakersfield
Hyatt Place Bakersfield
3 out of 5
310 Coffee Road, Bakersfield, CA
Free Cancellation
The price is $119 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kern River and California State University-Bakersfield. GMA Healthcare Providers and Mercy Hospital ...
4.2/5Excellent! (295 reviews)
"service is excelent"

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

Hyatt Place Bakersfield
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Private Entrance, Attached Studio With Private Bathroom-
Private Entrance, Attached Studio With Private Bathroom-
Bakersfield, CA
The price is $58 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
Situated in Bakersfield, this vacation home is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Bakersfield Sports Village and within 6 mi (10 km) of California State University-Bakersfield ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Awesome
"My friend recommended this place he even came to visit and like it. Was very clean and quite easy access to the room. I would definitely stay again thanks"

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2021

Private Entrance, Attached Studio With Private Bathroom-
Whispering Meadows Apartments
Whispering Meadows Apartments
3 out of 5
615 West China Grade Loop, Bakersfield, CA
The price is $166 per night from Jul 11 to Jul 11
Located in North Country Meadows, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Good Samaritan Hospital, Kern River, and Sam Lynn Ballpark. Kern County Museum is ...
4.4/5Excellent! (231 reviews)
"Stayed here for one night only during a cross country road trip. It was a clean, well appointed apartment that was a nice change from hotels. Great check in experience with Laura. Beds very comfortable. Kitchen is well stocked."

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2021

Whispering Meadows Apartments
Cozy Hygge Home 3 Bedroom 2 Bath With Pool & 2 King Beds
Cozy Hygge Home 3 Bedroom 2 Bath With Pool & 2 King Beds
Bakersfield, CA
Situated in Bakersfield, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Valley Plaza Mall, California State University-Bakersfield, and Ming Seven Golf Course. ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Excellent
"The house was in excellent condition and clean. The bonus of a pool after a hot day was perfect ending to our stay."

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2020

Cozy Hygge Home 3 Bedroom 2 Bath With Pool & 2 King Beds
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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