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Bakersfield Travel Guide: 141 reviews and 458 photos

Just like Mecca and Medina in Islamic tradition, Moscow and Beijing in communism, and Daytona and Charlotte in NASCAR... Nashville and Bakersfield and the #1 and #2 cities in American country music. Who knew Bakersfield was country music's second city?

Birthplace of legends Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, the Bakersfield influence is also heard in modern country music sung by Dwight Yoakam, the Mavericks, Marty Stuart, and Bakersfield native Gary Allan.

Bakersfield is the county seat of Kern County, and boasts a population of about 375,000 people. Bakersfield is also in the San Joaquin Valley, perhaps the nation's most abundant farming area. Around Bakersfield you will find citrus, cotton, grapes, nuts and a wide variety of vegetables. The valley also has its share of oil fields, and is California's major oil producing region.

  • Last visit to Bakersfield: Sep 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • hindu1936's Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2009 at 10:21 AM

    So, you've found your way from Montana to here. Nearly 20 years since driving through there but it looks the same. Thanks for bring back some memories.

  • atufft's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2008 at 6:52 PM

    What a nice surprise...Bakersfield! :-)

  • SteveOSF's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Nice treatment of Bakersfield. We are thinking of driving there in June for the first night of a road trip in order to get a jump on our first leg of the trip.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Sep 25, 2007 at 1:50 PM

    Nicely said and done! I am very proud of Bakersfield because I feel like it is my second home!


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