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BakersfieldUnited States of America

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

Bakersfield showing interior views, music and performance art

Downtown

3.5/5Good!(121 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Downtown, Mechanics Bank Arena and Fox Theater are top sights worth seeing.

Downtown
Best ice cream shop in Bakersfield!

Oleander - Sunset

3.5/5Good!(86 area reviews)

While Oleander - Sunset isn't home to many top sights, Mechanics Bank Arena and Fox Theater are some notable places to visit nearby.

Oleander - Sunset
Driving through Shafter I saw this impressive set of horns!

Rosedale

You might make a stop by Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall while you're exploring Rosedale.

Rosedale

Top Hotels in Bakersfield

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Bakersfield, CA
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Bakersfield, CA
2 out of 5
2310 Wible Rd, Bakersfield, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $93 per night

Situated in the business district, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Valley Plaza Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Camelot Park and Golden West Casino. Fox Theater ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,189 reviews)

"Take exhaust fan off of motion sensor so it does not come on every time you enter the bathroom."…"

Reviewed on May 7, 2020

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Bakersfield, CA
Hyatt Place Bakersfield
Hyatt Place Bakersfield
3 out of 5
310 Coffee Road, Bakersfield, CA
Free Cancellation
The price is $98 per night

Situated near the airport, this property is within 3 mi (5 km) of California State University-Bakersfield, The Park At River Walk, and Ming Seven Golf Course. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (38 reviews)

"It was very clean and a nice setup. What I found unique was the bathroom. The shower is a full body glass doors, and the bathroom door is a blurred see through sliding door which I’ve never seen in a hotel so I thought that was neat. The beds were pretty comfy compared to most. Overall a pleasant ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2020

Hyatt Place Bakersfield
Extended Stay America - Bakersfield - California Avenue
Extended Stay America - Bakersfield - California Avenue
2.5 out of 5
3318 California Ave., Bakersfield, CA
The price is $63 per night

Located in Riviera - Westchester, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Camelot Park and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Buck Owens Crystal Palace. Fox Theater and Buena Vista ...

3.3/5 (1,214 reviews)

"For the price its pretty good. My girlfriend and i stayed here during the CA lockdown covid19 restrictions so lots of the amenities were not being offered but everything else was great. The room gave us exzctly what we needed. Clean bed, funtional kitchen, and cold AC. I would stay here again"…"

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

Extended Stay America - Bakersfield - California Avenue

Popular places to visit in Bakersfield

Buck Owens Crystal Palace
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Buck Owens Crystal Palace

4/5(92 reviews)

Take in a show or just stop by for a photo at Buck Owens Crystal Palace, a beloved theater in Bakersfield. Check out the top-notch restaurants or charming coffeehouses in this family-friendly area.

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Bakersfield Scavenger Hunt: Resilient Bakersfield

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Reviews of Bakersfield

3.6

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
312
5 - Excellent 15.709969788519638%
4 - Good
785
4 - Good 39.526686807653576%
3 - Okay
685
3 - Okay 34.49144008056395%
2 - Disappointing
130
2 - Disappointing 6.545820745216516%
1 - Terrible
74
1 - Terrible 3.7260825780463245%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 18, 2020

Best place i have been in

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 16, 2020

Crab shack, Jamaica restaurant was excellent

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 5, 2020

Bakersfield will always be home

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 3, 2020

I love Bakersfield, it’s my hometown. It is definitely not a hot spot for vacations though.

4/5 - Good

Temporarily

Apr 17, 2020

I live here. I like it.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Apr 1, 2020

We have never had such a trouble with bugs in the 25 years of going to Bakesfield! It is still the mild season and they have a serious cockroach issue. This motel needs to do some cleaning immediately!!! The location is very industrial.

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