Bakersfield

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.

Hourglass Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
Hourglass Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
3 out of 5
2400 Camino Del Rio Court, Bakersfield, CA
The price is CA $129 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
Located in the heart of Bakersfield, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Buck Owens Crystal Palace and Bakersfield Heart Hospital. Heart Hospital and Kern ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (55 reviews)
"I loved hoe clean it was. The bed was comfortable, and it was very pretty."

Reviewed on Sep. 14, 2021

Hourglass Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
The Padre Hotel
The Padre Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1702 18th St, Bakersfield, CA
The price is CA $176 per night from Sep 19 to Sep 19
Located in Downtown Bakersfield, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Fox Theater and Mechanics Bank Arena. Kern County Museum and Buck Owens Crystal Palace ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (963 reviews)
"nice clean room comfy bed"

Reviewed on Sep. 15, 2021

The Padre Hotel
Hyatt Place Bakersfield
Hyatt Place Bakersfield
3 out of 5
310 Coffee Road, Bakersfield, CA
The price is CA $152 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
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 ...
4.2/5Excellent! (382 reviews)
"Friendly, professional staff"

Reviewed on Sep. 11, 2021

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.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Bakersfield
Homewood Suites by Hilton Bakersfield
3 out of 5
1505 Mill Rock Way, Bakersfield, CA
The price is CA $165 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
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 ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (593 reviews)
"I didn't like that Expedia didn't switch my reservation properly and I had to rebook the room when I arrived. Not the hotel's fault of course. Nice place and good location for my business needs."

Reviewed on Sep. 9, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Bakersfield
Home2 Suites by Hilton Bakersfield
Home2 Suites by Hilton Bakersfield
3 out of 5
8227 Brimhall Road, Bakersfield, CA
The price is CA $228 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
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 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (170 reviews)
"I like that was a new facility ,I didn't like they was not completed the parking lot across from the hotel."

Reviewed on Sep. 15, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Bakersfield
Whispering Meadows Apartments
Whispering Meadows Apartments
3 out of 5
615 West China Grade Loop, Bakersfield, CA
The price is CA $294 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
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 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (235 reviews)
"Stayed here for one night only during a cross country road trip. It was a clean, well appointed apartment that was a nice change from hotels. Great check in experience with Laura. Beds very comfortable. Kitchen is well stocked."

Reviewed on Jun. 4, 2021

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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