Bakersfield is young and therefore not a destination for travelers interested in archeology. But if you want to get to know America today, you will like Bakersfield and enjoy your stay there.
When you hear the word ” California “, you probably first think of sun, beach, waves and surfers. If you think of California cities as a second step, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Santa Monica will come to mind. But California is not just made up of these world-famous cities and an admittedly gorgeous coastline. The sunny state also has a hinterland and it is worth exploring this hinterland. Bakersfield would be an ideal starting point for this. But this friendly university town is well worth a trip in and of itself.
Admittedly, the city is young and therefore not a destination for travelers interested in archeology. But anyone who wants to get to know the America of today, who is curious about California beyond the coast and above all who loves music, will like Bakersfield and enjoy the stay there. Another advantage of the city is that it is extremely family-friendly. Bakersfield has fun attractions for children of all ages. But the parents are guaranteed not to miss out either.
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Bakersfield – how do you get there?
Transport options are an issue for every traveler. The good news is that there are plenty of transport options to get to Bakersfield. If you drive your own car, you can use Interstate 5 and find Bakersfield at the intersection of State Highways 58 and 99. Domestic flights land at Meawos Field Airport (BFL), which is just eight miles from downtown. Bakersfiled is connected to the rest of the world by train via the San Joaquin Route. And if you love the good old bus romance, you can swing in a vehicle of the Golden Empire Transit towards your destination.
Music and oil – the Bakersfield way
Bakersfield is one of the fastest growing regions in the United States. The reason for this lies sometimes more, sometimes less deep in the earth. The city is the seat of “Kern County,” which is always busy. There are rich oil reserves here, and intensive agriculture is practiced here. So work enough! Over 75 percent of California’s oil needs are generated in and around Bakersfield. This shows how important this city has become – and also how rich it is. In Bakersfield they not only work hard, they also know how to live really well after work.
The trip is even worth it for gourmets. Bakersfield has the largest number of Basque restaurants in the United States. But don’t worry, all other kitchens are also represented in a large selection and very good quality. After dinner, however, the evening in Bakersfield is far from over. Then things really start. Music is made in countless pubs and bars in the city. The sound is so unmistakable that an entire musical genre has emerged from it – “The Bakersfield Sound”. After that you can also dance great.
Off to the museum!
In the Kern County Museum and the West Kern Oil Museum, visitors can find out in an entertaining way where they actually are, what this region lives on and what makes it special. If you are seriously interested in Bakersfield, you should definitely visit these two museums. For art lovers, a visit to the Bakersfield Museum of Art is recommended, where regional, national and international art is presented with ease. The beautiful gardens are also often used as an exhibition space. The museum also goes with children. There is a special program for them. Speaking of children. You will also get your money’s worth at the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History and Bakersfield Zoo. Boredom is a foreign word in these houses.
Get out into the area
If you are in the California hinterland, you probably want to see something of the landscape too. No problem. The southern part of the Sierra Nevada is not far from Bakersfield. Fly-fishing and rafting are just two of the great things to do there. Those who like to hike will find a true paradise. In the Sequoia National Forest for example, the tallest trees in the world are supposed to stand. We didn’t measure it – but deep, high forests are really in abundance there. Also beautiful and inviting is the system of waterways and lakes that exist in the southern Sierra Nevada. There is plenty of opportunity here for all kinds of water sports. Adventurers will be just as enthusiastic about kayaking and rafting as hikers who just want to cool off.
So that your hiking equipment is complete, we have sat down and created a practical checklist for the hikers among you: Checklist for a hiking vacation in the USA.