Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield - A City in the Adventurous Kern Valley

Anne Bonfert
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Located in the stunning Sierra Nevada Mountains, Bakersfield is the gateway to countless outdoor activities and recreation. The largest city of Kern County is worth a visit for many reasons. Sports fans and culture and history lovers are enjoying a trip to Bakersfield likewise.

Bakersfield is edging on the famous Sequoia National Forest located at the base of the Greenhorn Mountain Range. The entrance of the Kern Valley is the base of the city and therefore several excursions to the Kern River are being planned and starting out from Bakersfield.

Summer days can be rather hot in summer and therefore it is recommended to spend the hottest hours of the day indoors or in the shade, preferably next to cooling water. Having a hot desert-type climate, temperatures above 100 (F) aren't uncommon.

Some of the oldest and most historic restaurants of town are to be found in the center and always worth a visit. The Kern County Museum is offering a collection of local artwork and interesting for culture lovers. Several other museums in town can be visited even with children. Some of them are even having hands-on tours which make the trip to the museum even more interesting.

Bakersfield is holding several events throughout the year which cover a broad variety of sports and cultural subjects. A County Fair held in late September displays the local agricultural produce which the city is famous for.

You can watch peacocks at Hart Park, explore the California Living Museum, visit Buck Owen's Crystal Palace or go for a lazy stroll at River Walk Park. The Kern River Parkway Trail is popular for bikers and is a park made out of ponds and creeks. Several Concerts are held over here throughout the year.

If none of these sound adventurous enough for you, you should pack your outdoor gear leave the city to head into the Kern Valley for a few days. Camping, kayaking, hiking, and other outdoor adventures are popular activities along the river.


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