The first settlers that came to Bakersfield were attracted by findings of gold at the bottom of the Kern River. That was in 1851. Soon there was no more gold available in the hills or rivers and in 1869, Colonel Thomas Baker was tasked with developing a plan for the sprawling town.
Named after him, the city of Bakersfield was growing as a commercial center even in the midst of the gold rush. In 1899, oil was discovered nearby, and with time, this discovery spurred growth in the oil and manufacturing industry. Today, this 13th largest city in California which lies in the San Joaquin Valley, is one of the top in the United States to produce oil and provides about 70% of it to the state.
Home to over 250,000 residents, this large city is well known for the Bakersfield campus of California State University, primarily serving around 10,000 communiting students. Important to mention, this public university campus operates the only Petroleum Geology program west of the Rockies and also plays host to one of the largest wind energy facilities in the U.S.
Agriculture plays an important role in Bakersfield. Here, see large orchards of fruit trees and plants including Naval oranges, Medjool dates, grapes, kiwi, avocado, mango, figs and strawberries to name a few.
Bakersfield plays host to many hotels focused on business executives and family vacation destination
SpringHill Suites Bakersfield
La Quinta Inn - Bakersfield South
There are many hotels in Bakersfield, CA but not many come close to Hotel Rosedale when it concerns family-friendliness. The rooms are spacious, comfortable, and equipped with a microwave and refrigerator. Your kids will never have a better breakfast experience. The hotel provides fresh fruits, hot waffles, and hot coffee — all for free.
Here are several Bakersfield hotels with a pet-friendly policy
- Best Western Plus Hill House - Small pets may be accepted.
- Red Roof Inn - Bring one well-behaved pet for free.
- Quality Inn & Suites Bakersfield - Bring at most two pets that don’t exceed the 20-pound weight limit. You will pay no fee.
- Days Inn at Bakersfield - Request to bring your pet; you may be asked to pay a fee.
- Super 8 Bakersfield Center - Pay just $10 per pet, per night.
Planning which fun things to do while visiting Bakersfield?
Fox Theatre - The Fox Theater located here in Bakersfield opened in 1930 and is known for holding special events, concerts, plays and ballets. If you want a fun night out, check out the Fox to see what shows are happening!
Dine at top-rated Bakersfield eateries!
- 24th Street Cafe - American, Cafe, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free options
- Wool Growers - Gluten Free options
- Hungry Hunter Steakhouse - American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free options
- La Costa Mariscos - Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free options
- Uricchio's Trattoria - Italian, Vegetarian-Friendly, Gluten Free options
- Nuestro Mexico Restaurant - Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly
- Blank Angus Restaurant Stuart Andersons - American, Steakhouse, Bar, Gluten Free options
- Hodel's Country Dining - American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Buffet on Sundays
- Luigi's Restaurant and Delicatessan - Italian, Delicatessan, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free options
- Booterleggers Craft Pub & Eatery - American, Bar, Pub