4/5 - Good
Verified travelerJan 8, 2020
Enjoyed the antique stores downtown.
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.
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If you're spending some time in Downtown, Rabobank Arena and Fox Theater are top sights worth seeing.
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When in Oleander - Sunset, you can plan a visit to Rabobank Arena and Fox Theater, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.
You might make a stop by Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall while you're exploring Rosedale.
Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020
Reviewed on Jan 4, 2020
Find out what shows are happening at Buck Owens Crystal Palace, a beloved theater in Bakersfield. Check out the top-notch restaurants or charming coffeehouses in this family-friendly area.
The Outlets at Tejon offers an exciting way to shop the outlets with our Shop & Play package that offers great savings on your favorite brands, complimentary gifts and more! Save up to 65 percent at many of the 60+ stores of upscale fashion, home goods, accessories and more.
Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.
Six Flags Magic Mountain is known as the “Thrill Capital of the World,” the 260-acre theme park features 19 world-class roller coasters and over 100 rides, games and attractions for the entire family.
Known as the daredevil's paradise, Six Flags Magic Mountain has over 100 rides packed into the 260-acre park and is easily the perfect place for anyone who loves rollercoasters, crazy free-falling drops, and other adrenaline pumping and hair-raising (literally!) rides.
Itinerary Recommended starting location to start Zombie Scavengers. This is where you will begin your hunt to survive the zombie apocalypse. (Please start outside) Stop At: • Rabobank Arena, Theater & Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave, Bakersfield,
Itinerary During Operation City Quest, participants will solve riddles in order to find items throughout the city and complete challenges. For each correct task completed, the players will get points for their team.
Verified travelerDec 29, 2019
Bakersfield in on our way coming and going to Palm Desert and also Tucson and we will likely plan our future trips so we won't be staying the night in Bakersfield in the future.