When your traveling through the great state of California, Bakersfield is always on your way. It doesn’t matter if your traveling from Los Angeles to Yosemite or from Redding to San Diego you will be passing by Bakersfield and with so many great locations near by it is easy to miss Bakersfield. On our trip to Southern California we decided to spend a few days in Kern County and Bakersfield was a perfect place to experience what Kern County is all about. So glad that we didn’t drive past it this time because there is so much to see and do in Kern County.
Buck Owens Crystal Palace
Have you ever heard of Buck Owens? Well, if you haven’t he was an American country songwriter and singer. His style of music was inspired by Bakersfield and that is why it was called “Bakersfield sound.” We came here to see his collection of gold records, silver records, guitars, metals, outfits, awards, and more. There really isn’t a museum because his lifetime work starts at the lobby and goes around the restaurant. We did not come here for a show or for food because we arrived early and we ate on our way into Bakersfield. If your a fan of country music and good food you’ll love it here. The atmosphere here is great. Next time we will stay for a show.
Kern County Museum
To be honest with you we had no idea what to expect from this museum because we did not know much about Kern County. We have drove past in on our way to Los Angeles. As you can imagine we were fascinated with the black gold exhibit because we learned so much. We did not to expect to learn that Kern County is estimated to be the 5th largest oil field in the United States. Oil was discovered in Kern County in 1899 and it is the third largest oil field in California. This exhibit goes into depth on how oil was discovered and its progress over the past century. There are also a lot of really cool hands on exhibits which show and explain the process of the oil production. Did you know that cameras, dolls, crayons, dentures and much more are made out of petroleum. A large portion of oil is used for gas while a small portion is used for other things such as asphalt, lubricants, and products.
There are many buildings to go into end explore. There are actually 50 original buildings from around the county in this one location. We also really enjoyed the Lori Brick Children’s Discovery Center which had so many hands on and pretend play available.
Nuooah Nature Trail
Have you ever smelled the bark of a Ponderosa Pine? If you haven’t your missing out. On this trail we learned that the Ponderosa Pine bark smells like vanilla or butterscotch. This was the highlight for me on this trail. This trail is only 0.25 miles long but it is a steep one. Here we learned about the different types of trees and shrubs that grow in this part of California.
Located at 17350 Water Canyon Rd. Tehachapi, Ca 93561.
Silver City Ghost Town
This is one creepy but interesting places to explore. Even though we were warned about the friendly ghost that lives here and who loves to pull on peoples hair or tee-shirts as you walk through we did not run into him. This place is not as big or as grand as Bodie State Historic Park but if your in Bakersfield and if you like Ghost towns then you don’t want pass this place. Here you will find historic Kern Valley structures that have been collected in one place by Dave and Arvilla Mills family.
Located at 3829 Lake Isabella Blvd. Bodfish, Ca 93205.
Red Rock Canyon State Park
Can you believe that only one hour away from Bakersfield you can find very colorful and expressive desert landscape. When we shared videos on our Instagram story many asked if we were in Utah. It sure reminded us of Utah or Arizona. Eve even kept saying how much she loves Utah and we had to remind her that we weren’t in Utah. We loved it here because even though it reminded us of Utah we were so surprised that we were pretty much the only ones exploring this desert. We never ran into anyone on the trails and the opposite is true when we hiked in Utah. We just came here for a day trip to do some sight seeing but we wish we had more time here. We plan on camping here next time.
Located 25 miles northeast of Mojava on Highway 14.
On our way back my husbands navigation was not working so he used my phone and when he typed in Courtyard by Marriott my navigation said that it will take us two hours to get back. It took us only one hour to get here so he went the way we got here. Every few minutes my navigation kept telling my husband to take the next exit and every time he refused to listen and as a result our designation became sooner. I started thinking that it was a sign from God and that God was trying to worn us because we were travel during the time when there were so many fires. Hubby kept driving on the freeway until he knew it was the exit to get off. The next day I realized that it wasn’t a sign from God but instead I had my map settings to avoid freeways or highways. Something many of you might not know is that I really don’t like driving. When I’m with hubby he does all of the driving. I take familiar roads and try to avoid highways or freeways as much as possible as a result I end up driving much longer but I feel safer.
My top and skirt is from Called to Surf.
The Courtyard by Marriott
This was a great location for our base camp. It is near the freeway with plenty of dining options near by. The rooms here were spacious and clean. Look at that gorgeous wall paper !!! In the evenings we enjoyed the swimming and whirl pool.
Located at 3601 Marriott Dr. Bakersfield, Ca 93308.
Our matching rompers are from Robes by Silk and More.
Thank you Visit Bakersfield for hosting our stay we will be back.:)
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