BakersfieldUnited States of America

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Visit Bakersfield

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!(106 area reviews)

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

Downtown
Best ice cream shop in Bakersfield!

Oleander - Sunset

3.5/5Good!(69 area reviews)

When in Oleander - Sunset, you can plan a visit to Rabobank Arena and Fox Theater, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

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
¥9,830
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,029 reviews)

"Excellent rooms for the price, and great staff. Walking distance to the mall and many restaurants"…"

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Bakersfield, CA
La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Bakersfield South
La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Bakersfield South
2.5 out of 5
3232 Riverside Dr, Bakersfield, CA
¥5,948
per night
Jan 25 - Jan 26

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Buck Owens Crystal Palace, Kern County Museum, and Rabobank Arena. Camelot Park and Fox ...

3.4/5Good! (1,763 reviews)

"very nice rooms very clean and very nice staff dog friendly and has breakfast and coffee"…"

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2020

La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Bakersfield South
Hotel Rosedale
Hotel Rosedale
3 out of 5
2400 Camino Del Rio Court, Bakersfield, CA
¥7,159
per night
Jan 27 - Jan 28

Located in the heart of Bakersfield, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Buck Owens Crystal Palace, Kern County Museum, and Rabobank Arena. Camelot Park and ...

3.5/5Good! (3,628 reviews)

"It's a great place with accommodating and friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2019

Hotel Rosedale

Popular things to do in Bakersfield

Buck Owens Crystal Palace
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Buck Owens Crystal Palace

4/5(84 reviews)

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.

Top activities in Bakersfield

Outlets at Tejon Shop & Play
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Outlets at Tejon Shop & Play

¥2,162

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.

Operation City Quest of Bakersfield, CA
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Operation City Quest of Bakersfield, CA

¥1,081

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 One-Day General Admission
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Six Flags Magic Mountain One-Day General Admission

¥7,566

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.

USA L.A. Six Flags Magic Mountain Ticket
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USA L.A. Six Flags Magic Mountain Ticket

¥12,031

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.

Zombie Scavengers Game - Bakersfield, CA
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Zombie Scavengers Game - Bakersfield, CA

¥270

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,

Operation City Quest Scavenger Hunt - Bakersfield, CA
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Operation City Quest Scavenger Hunt - Bakersfield, CA

¥1,081

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.

Reviews of Bakersfield

3.6

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
275
5 - Excellent 15.423443634324173%
4 - Good
709
4 - Good 39.764441951766685%
3 - Okay
615
3 - Okay 34.49242849130679%
2 - Disappointing
117
2 - Disappointing 6.561974200785193%
1 - Terrible
67
1 - Terrible 3.757711721817162%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 8, 2020

Enjoyed the antique stores downtown.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 5, 2020

We frequent Bakersfield due to my husband's employment. We prefer farming and rural areas rather than in town, however as a big city, it has everything you need.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 5, 2020

Usually here biweekly to drop off and pick up husband from work.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 4, 2020

Ok went there for the night

2/5 - Disappointing

Coco

Jan 3, 2020

Bakersfield has became rather low onnit hotel stays even regarding people with disabilities or homeless families these hotels do not accommodate and can upgrade

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Dec 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.

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