Looking for something new to do with your afternoon? Whether you’re a visitor or a native to this area, there’s a great selection of Bakersfield self-guided tours available from the Bakersfield visitor’s bureau. Each is designed to educate and entertain. Learn about the area’s history firsthand with informational maps that take you through cemeteries, past churches and all around the San Joaquin Valley.
The Bakersfield driving tour is great for a family or a small group. You’ll have a stop at the Kern County Museum, which features over 50 historic structures on 16 acres of land.
Later, after passing one of the oldest community colleges in the country, you can check out California Living Museum (CALM). This zoo and botanical garden features plants and animals native to the state.
The Downtown Bakersfield’s Past tour and the Unique Church Building’s tour will bring new light to some structures you might pass every day. Then, make a visit to the Historic Union Cemetery to take a spooky-yet-educational tour. You’ll get to check out notable graves, like that of Bakersfield’s founder Col. Thomas Baker.
For train fanatics, you won’t want to miss the Tehachapi Loop tour. The Tehachapi Loop exhibits impressive engineering with an average 2.2% gradient. This steep track starts in the beautiful San Joaquin Valley and goes for 28 miles. A visit to the Tehachapi Loop is a peaceful way to spend the afternoon.