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This area of San Joaquin Valley has approximately 350,000 inhabitants.
Sacramento, the state capital, is about 260 miles northwest of Bakersfield, while Shafter is 17 miles to the northwest.
Explore, laugh and be amazed at Camelot Park and the Kern County Fairgrounds, two excellent attractions for the young and the young at heart.
Snap a few photos, admire the educational displays and learn about animal biodiversity at the California Living Museum. If you're short on time, stop at the information center and collect a map so you can quickly find the zoo's many highlights.
Feast your eyes on the polished chome of the finely tuned machines and cheer on the drivers as they hurtle past at incredible speed at the Buttonwillow Raceway Park.
To truly taste what this region is made of, gather your friends and head to the Castle Rock Vineyards. Tour the wine presses and barrel rooms and sample some expertly crafted wines. If you find something that you're particularly taken with, arrange to have a case shipped back home.
Whether you're fond of cards or you simply enjoy the sights and sounds of casinos, your best bet here is the Aviator Casino or the Golden West Casino.
When it's time for a break, grab a bite to eat and head out to one of the area's leafy green spaces, such as Fort Tejon State Historic Park or Tule Elk State Natural Reserve. Lost Hills Park and Wasco Recreation Ball Park are two more excellent places to while away the day and catch up on some reading.
Some time spent at Vista del Lago Visitors Center is a good way to get some more information about your destination.
Nature-loving locals often visit Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area and Kern National Wildlife Refuge to enjoy a fine day.
The area's exhibition spaces are brimming with educational facts and stories. Enjoy the cool and quiet interior as you check out the collections at the Kern County Museum and the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History & Science. Another two worth considering are the Bakersfield Museum of Art and the West Kern Oil Museum.
Those who enjoy history shouldn't miss the Bakersfield College or Ernst Quarries. Wander the area, take a few shots and learn about some of the major events of this region's past.
Travelers with an interest in religion will no doubt want to go for a walk around Unity Church.
Every educational institution has its own unique character, and the California State University-Bakersfield is no different. An influential part of the local community, it makes an interesting excursion for anyone who has ever been a student.
Observe the locals out and about while you browse the shops at the area's exciting retail hubs, Valley Plaza Mall and Outlets at Tejon.
Organize a night out at the Fox Theater or Buck Owens Crystal Palace and enjoy some quality live entertainment. The Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall is another important venue for the arts community here.
Many tourists have a terrific time at the Sundale Country Club. Kern Country Sheriff's Office shouldn't be missed either.
Secure a reservation for one of the 48 Bakersfield accommodation options available on Expedia's extensive hotels guide before you set out on your adventure.
The Holiday Inn Express and Suites Bakersfield Central and Homewood Suites by Hilton Bakersfield are your best lodgings in and around Bakersfield.
Located in the heart of Bakersfield, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Buck Owens Crystal Palace and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Kern County Museum. Camelot Park and Fox Theater are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Buck Owens Crystal Palace and 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Kern County Museum. Camelot Park and Fox Theater are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Situated in Bakersfield, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Camelot Park and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Kern County Museum. Buck Owens Crystal Palace and Fox Theater are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in the heart of Bakersfield, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Camelot Park, Buck Owens Crystal Palace and Valley Plaza Mall. Fox Theater and McMurtrey Aquatic Center are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Camelot Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Buck Owens Crystal Palace and Fox Theater. McMurtrey Aquatic Center and Buena Vista Museum of Natural History & Science are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated in Bakersfield, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Buck Owens Crystal Palace and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Kern County Museum. Camelot Park and Fox Theater are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in the heart of Bakersfield, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Fox Theater and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Kern County Museum. Buena Vista Museum of Natural History & Science and Rabobank Arena are also within 15 minutes.
Situated in Bakersfield, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Buck Owens Crystal Palace and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Kern County Museum. Camelot Park and Fox Theater are also within 3 miles (5 km).