Bakersfield, CA

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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

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bakersfield
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bakersfield
4 out of 5
3100 Camino Del Rio Ct, Bakersfield, CA, 93308
The price is $120 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 30
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Bakersfield. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,000 reviews)
"nice place!"

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2022

Hourglass Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
Hourglass Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
3 out of 5
2400 Camino Del Rio Court, Bakersfield, CA, 93308
The price is $122 per night from Oct 9 to Oct 10
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Bakersfield. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the overall ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (447 reviews)
"Very nice and clean hotel. The rooms are also clean with comfortable beds. Customer service was great, they were nice and helpful. Loved the pool area, good size pool not too cold. Lots of sitting areas with shade. I highly recommend this hotel. Good coffee too!!"

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2022

Hyatt Place Bakersfield
Hyatt Place Bakersfield
3 out of 5
310 Coffee Road, Bakersfield, CA, 93309
The price is $132 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Bakersfield. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (728 reviews)
"Staff was unbelievable! So great made me feel so at home!"

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2022

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Private Entrance Queen Suite
Private Entrance Queen Suite
Bakersfield, CA
Stay at this vacation home in Bakersfield. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a patio. Popular attractions Camelot Park and Valley Plaza Mall are located nearby. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Classy, convenient, clean and a good value!
"Beautiful, peaceful, thoughtful, comfortable! Easy parking and short walk to first level suite. Private! Well-stocked and communication was fantastic- a real comfort to be able to expect this whenever staying in Bakersfield."

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2022

Private Entrance King Suite
Private Entrance King Suite
Bakersfield, CA
Stay at this vacation home in Bakersfield. Enjoy free WiFi, private pools, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Camelot Park and Valley Plaza Mall are located ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (9 reviews)
The perfect little place!
"I really loved this place and everything about it (comfy bed, well-stocked, private, great location, and very clean)! The hostess was also really quick to reply to messages, and even extended my stay for me at the last minute, which I really appreciated. I will definitely return on future trips to ..."

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2022

Bakersfield City Home w Patio and Garden
Bakersfield City Home w Patio and Garden
3 out of 5
39 Myrtle St, Bakersfield, CA, 93304
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly vacation home in Bakersfield. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Camelot Park and Valley ...
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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