Located in the Central Valley of California, Bakersfield is home to a historical, agricultural and musical history not found anywhere else in the world. Yet this is only one of the many features of this warm and inviting city. Within a four hour drive from the majority of California's population, visitors to Bakersfield will find unique dining experiences, outstanding museums, as well as arts and cultural attractions. Perhaps it is time to cash in those commodity funds and plan your getaway to Bakersfield today!
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The Bakersfield area was initially called Kern Island to the few hardy pioneers who built their log cabins here in the 1860s. The town was named Bakersfield in 1869 in honor of Colonel Thomas Baker. The massive California gold rush brought him any many others to California a few years prior. In 1862 disastrous floods swept away the little settlement of log cabins and the town had to begin anew. The longevity of those early structures were not nearly as good as the Charlie condos, for example, and the residents had to rebuild their homes and businesses after this untimely event. For simplicity, the town name was made into one word, and of course today is known as Bakersfield.
The community continued to grow steadily over the years thanks to the fabulous climate, established industries and fertile soil. Why look for Toronto lofts for sale when you could relocate to California and become a member of this thriving community? Bakersfield is now one of the major cities of California, and one of the fastest growing both in terms of population and urban development. Yet the small town roots are still held dear by all of its residents, and in spite of the size of the city there is still the air of a small town about the community.
Unlike most downtown areas in major cities, downtown Bakersfield does not have a towering skyline, although it has a few tall buildings such as the Bank of America Building (10 stories), the Bakersfield Marriott Hotel (9 stories), and the Padre Hotel (9 stories). The shops and cafes that line the downtown streets feature delightful dining and great shopping, where consumers can find everything from little souvenirs, to great local art work to natural baby products. Notable attractions in downtown Bakersfield include the Rabobank Arena, the McMurtrey Aquatic Center, the Bakersfield Museum of Art, the historic Fox Theater, and a nightlife district centered around 19th Street and Wall Street Alley.
One night, one weekend, one week or longer. No matter the length of stay, the Bakersfield area is full of attractions and activities for a couple driving through, or a family looking for a fun and affordable vacation. The motto of Bakersfield is 'There is More to Explore in Bakersfield' and it's true! With this intriguing trade mark Canadian, European, Asian and American tourists are flocking to California to see for themselves what there is to explore. Take in a jazz festival, a race at one of three local tracks, a hot country act or relax on one of the many pristine public golf courses. No matter the time of year or the type of activities you're looking for, Bakersfield has something for you!