Bakersfield, CA

Travel Guide

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

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 NT$2,396 per night from Dec 2 to Dec 2
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 ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,217 reviews)
"The check in staff was really nice. The property was nicely remodeled"

Reviewed on 2021/10/14

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Bakersfield, CA
Hourglass Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
Hourglass Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
3 out of 5
2400 Camino Del Rio Court, Bakersfield, CA
The price is NT$2,604 per night from Dec 27 to Dec 27
Located in the heart of Bakersfield, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Buck Owens Crystal Palace and within 3 mi (5 km) of Fox Theater and Mechanics Bank Arena. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (103 reviews)
"Everything was good, I can recommend it."

Reviewed on 2021/11/25

Hourglass Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
Hyatt Place Bakersfield
Hyatt Place Bakersfield
3 out of 5
310 Coffee Road, Bakersfield, CA
Fully refundable
The price is NT$3,307 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kern River and California State University-Bakersfield. Icardo Center and GMA Healthcare Providers ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (435 reviews)
"Clean and nice staff. Good location but a bit loud if your room faces Coffee."

Reviewed on 2021/11/29

Hyatt Place Bakersfield
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Home2 Suites by Hilton Bakersfield
Home2 Suites by Hilton Bakersfield
3 out of 5
8227 Brimhall Road, Bakersfield, CA
The price is NT$3,668 per night from Dec 24 to Dec 24
Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Kern River and 2 mi (3.1 km) from California State University-Bakersfield. Icardo ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (192 reviews)
"Hotel was clean and the staff was friendly and helpful"

Reviewed on 2021/11/3

Home2 Suites by Hilton Bakersfield
Homewood Suites by Hilton Bakersfield
Homewood Suites by Hilton Bakersfield
3 out of 5
1505 Mill Rock Way, Bakersfield, CA
The price is NT$3,863 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 16
Situated in Bakersfield, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Icardo Center and California State University-Bakersfield. Kern River and GMA Healthcare Providers ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (611 reviews)
"Friendly staff. We had everything we needed. Inside the room is pretty banged up - scratches on cabinets, etc., but everything was clean, so not a big deal."

Reviewed on 2021/11/28

Homewood Suites by Hilton Bakersfield
Whispering Meadows Apartments
Whispering Meadows Apartments
3 out of 5
615 West China Grade Loop, Bakersfield, CA
The price is NT$4,863 per night from Dec 2 to Dec 2
Located in North Country Meadows, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Good Samaritan Hospital, Kern River, and Sam Lynn Ballpark. Kern County Museum is ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (236 reviews)
Impressive!
"We were very impressed with this VRBO and everything about it. I've stayed in several and this is definitely one of the best!"

Reviewed on 2021/10/19

Whispering Meadows Apartments
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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