Flights to Bakersfield
Bakersfield is a Californian city, situated at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley. Though not renowned as a tourist destination, Bakersfield does have some attractions and may be a worthwhile stop if you’re planning to travel across California.
Flights to Bakersfield arrive at the Meadows Field Airport (airport code: BFL), and there are many major airlines that offer international flights to here from South Africa, usually with 2 connection stops. Virgin Atlantic goes through London and Denver, whereas British Midland has a route through London and then Los Angeles. KLM has a European stop in Amsterdam before connecting again in Los Angeles. The total flight to Bakersfield will be roughly 30 to 32 hours long.
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The Tourist Attractions in Bakersfield:
As mentioned above, Bakersfield isn’t exactly a tourist destination, especially considering the many cities and natural attractions that the state of California has to offer. There are some attractions in the city, but unless you were coming here for business or another specific reason there wouldn’t be much point in staying in Bakersfield for more than a day or two.
Kern County Museum
The Kern County Museum is probably the most popular place to visit in Bakersfield. With a good selection of subjects covered, this makes a very good regional museum and is set over a large area, not just contained within one stuffy museum building! This makes it a popular museum with children, along with the added bonus of being able to visit the Lori Brock Children’s Discovery Center, also on site. The main museum features old buildings such as an 1800s log cabin, homes, a school, and more.
The Bakersfield Speedway
If you’re staying in Bakersfield on a Saturday night the Speedway makes a fun family attraction. This old racing track which is said to be the oldest in California hosts weekly races over the 1/3 mile (1/2 kilometre) track.
Annual Events in Bakersfield
As a fairly sizeable city Bakersfield does play host to several annual events that attract both locals and visitors to the city. Cultural events include a Scottish Games and Clan Gathering in the spring, and a Greek Festival in the summer. The Kern County Basque Festival is popular for its variety of events that includes music, dance, food and more, while for an agricultural theme there’s the Kern County Fair. There are also a lot of horse shows held throughout the year in Bakersfield.
When Should You Visit?:
Bakersfield has a semi arid climate so there’s not too much in the way of rainfall to worry about when you visit this city! It’s actually on average one of the sunniest cities in the whole of the United States. For warm and dry weather (with little or no rainfall) the best time to visit Bakersfield is during the summer, between April and October. Summers are very long here and average high temperatures range between 24 and 36C during these months. Winters are mild, and though there is rainfall it’s very little compared to other cities. January is the coolest month but the average high is still 13C.