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Sitting at the southern end of California’s green and fruitful San Joaquin Valley, Bakersfield is an up and coming city moving to its own distinct beat. Famous for its thriving agriculture, oil production, and being the birthplace of country music’s ‘Bakersfield Sound’ sub-genre, the city’s heritage runs like black gold. Veer away from the new additions and you’ll find a town awash with old-fashion charm, where honky-tonk bars and down-home eateries are the order of the day.

Things to see

Built by the late musician himself, the powder pink Buck Owens Crystal Palace is a restaurant, night club, and memorabilia museum all rolled into one. Every night the Western Revival style venue gets boots stompin’ with the very best in live country music. Self proclaimed as the ‘The Best in the West’, there’s always something exciting afoot at the Kern Country Fairgrounds. From the bright-lit hijinks of its traditional funfair, to horse shows, pet fairs, and a bustling marketplace, be sure to see what’s on during your stay. Home to the Bakersfield ice hockey team, the Robobank Arena is a mecca for sports fans. Located in downtown Bakersfield, the stadium hosts an array of top notch sporting events alongside live entertainment. If you’re one for the smell of burning rubber and the sound of revving engines, check out Kern County Raceway Park. The half mile oval speedway hosts exhilarating racing events every week.

Hotels in Bakersfield

Whatever your taste and budget you’ll have a vast selection of hotels in Bakersfield to choose from. The pricier and mid-range options come in many guises, from expansive chain hotels, to sophisticated boutique accommodation. Amenities to expect include swimming pools, hot tubs, and fitness centers, whilst common in-room luxuries range from large flatscreen televisions to WiFi. The cheap hotels in Bakersfield are in especially healthy supply. You’ll find every budget brand name here, from full-service digs to basic motels. All of them provide the necessities, such as televisions and hairdryers, whilst many of them offer swimming pools too.

Where to stay

A hotel in Bakersfield’s buzzing center puts you within good reach of all the city’s best offerings. Shopaholics will find plenty of places to splurge, including the Valley Plaza Mall, the Marketplace, and downtown’s Antique District – a promising hunting ground for collectors. Foodies will find a buffet of eateries concentrated around the downtown area. Basque restaurants are especially prominent in the city, with more here than anywhere else in the United States. If you’re looking for a thriftier stay, then consider basing yourself 28 miles from the city in Buttonwillow. A small and rural town, it’s perfect for those who want a quieter stay, too.

How to get to Bakersfield

If you’re flying in, Meadows Field will be your gateway into the city. The airport serves a number of destinations throughout the United States, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, Houston and Denver. International visitors will have to connect via a larger airport, such as Denver International or Los Angeles International Airport. Just 10 miles north of downtown Bakersfield, getting from the airport into the city is best done by taxi or car rental, due to the lack of public transport serving the airport. Bakersfield is also reachable with the Amtrak train service, which stops at the city’s downtown terminal.

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