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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!(122 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!(89 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
Hyatt Place Bakersfield
Hyatt Place Bakersfield
3 out of 5
310 Coffee Road, Bakersfield, CA
Free Cancellation
The price is ¥11,241 per night from Oct 8 to Oct 9

Situated near the airport, this property is within 2 mi (3 km) of California State University-Bakersfield, GMA Healthcare Providers, and Mercy Hospital Southwest ...

4.2/5Excellent! (121 reviews)

"Basic hotel, nothing special. Did have a good nights sleep though."…"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2020

Hyatt Place Bakersfield
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Bakersfield, CA
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Bakersfield, CA
2 out of 5
2310 Wible Rd, Bakersfield, CA
The price is ¥11,915 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 6

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. McMurtrey ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,272 reviews)

"It’s was a good stay staff was polite only thing I didn’t like was that they put me in the back where all the weirdos were"…"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2020

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Bakersfield, CA
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 ¥6,611 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 12

Located in Riviera - Westchester, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Camelot Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Buck Owens Crystal Palace and Mechanics Bank Arena. ...

3.3/5 (968 reviews)

"I was able to check in even after I thought I was not going to make my trip. It was super early in the am and someone was there to accommodate me."…"

Reviewed on Jul 3, 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 lively bars or top-notch restaurants in this relaxing area.

Top things to do in Bakersfield

Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of California
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Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of California

¥1,068
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of California
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of California

¥2,137
Per adult
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of California
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of California

¥1,068
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Bakersfield Scavenger Hunt: Resilient Bakersfield
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Bakersfield Scavenger Hunt: Resilient Bakersfield

¥2,137
Per adult
Outlets at Tejon Shop & Play
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Outlets at Tejon Shop & Play

¥2,137
Per adult
USA L.A. Six Flags Magic Mountain Ticket
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USA L.A. Six Flags Magic Mountain Ticket

¥11,891
Per adult

Reviews of Bakersfield

3.6

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
315
5 - Excellent 15.757878939469736%
4 - Good
789
4 - Good 39.469734867433715%
3 - Okay
688
3 - Okay 34.417208604302154%
2 - Disappointing
131
2 - Disappointing 6.55327663831916%
1 - Terrible
76
1 - Terrible 3.8019009504752375%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 23, 2020

Nice city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 8, 2020

I love Bakersfield.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Used to live here and it has gone drastically down hill

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

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