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 NT$3,539 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
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 Good! (1,003 reviews)
A Great Rxperience
"Check in was fast and friendly. The room was large, modern and clean."

Reviewed on 2022/8/13

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bakersfield
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 NT$3,751 per night from Sep 8 to Sep 9
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! (378 reviews)
"The Staff Members we’re amazing and so helpful also the hotel itself is the best one in the Bakersfield area I will be coming back 10/10 experience"

Reviewed on 2022/8/12

Hourglass Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
Hyatt Place Bakersfield
Hyatt Place Bakersfield
3 out of 5
310 Coffee Road, Bakersfield, CA, 93309
Fully refundable
The price is NT$3,960 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
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! (692 reviews)
"Staff was great!"

Reviewed on 2022/8/9

Hyatt Place Bakersfield
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.
Whispering Meadows Apartments
Whispering Meadows Apartments
3 out of 5
615 West China Grade Loop, Bakersfield, CA, 93308
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Bakersfield. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and 2 spa tubs. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (247 reviews)
Loved it..
"Loved it..."

Reviewed on 2022/8/2

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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