Make yourself at home at our Holiday Inn Express® hotels in Bakersfield, and you'll soon be dancing to the country rhythms of the Bakersfield sound and hiking in the Sequoia National Forest.
Our hotels in Bakersfield are near the Bakersfield Museum of Art, a showcase for the Central Valley's contemporary visual artists. Take a short drive or walk from the museum to the landmark Fox Theater for a photo op of the theater's retro marquee. The only way to see the restored gilded Art Deco interior is to attend a concert or stand-up comedy performance. After a good night's sleep at our hotels in Bakersfield, drive to nearby Sequoia National Forest. Hiking and walking trails of varying difficulties lead down to the Kern River, where rafters navigate white-water rapids, or up into the foothills of the rugged Sierra Nevada mountains. The massive Sequoia trees dotting the forest have been here for more than 2,000 years.
In the evening, guests of our Bakersfield hotels pull on their dancing boots and step out to Buck Owens' Crystal Palace, home of the Bakersfield sound country music. Enjoy a country-style dinner of fried catfish and biscuits before hitting the dance floor to the distinct guitar twang of Bakersfield music. Bring the kids; children 10 and under eat free. Our Bakersfield hotels are also near the city's many historic Basque restaurants. Steak and grilled fish are specialties of this unique blend of French and Spanish cooking, though oxtail soup and escargot are also on the menu. At some Basque restaurants guests are seated at communal tables, where you can break bread with the locals over bottles of reasonably priced Spanish wine.
Book a room at our Bakersfield hotels to discover the city's affordable pleasures, from hiking national parkland to dining in authentic Basque eateries.