Proximity and Mobility

One of Bakersfield's greatest assets is its location. A short drive in any direction will bring you to myriad areas of interest, such as the giant trees of Sequoia National Park or the panoramic vistas of Yosemite's Half Dome and El Capitan. The city is just a few hours from dozens of California's best beaches, scenic deserts and famed tourist attractions, such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Hollywood and Disneyland.

Centrally situated within the state, Bakersfield is easily accessible to both the 99 Freeway and Interstate 5, which run North and South, making drives to Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Francisco straight shots. In addition, the commute to work or play within the city are made with fewer traffic hassles than other metropolitan California communities, getting you to your destination in less time.

With its own airport, Meadows Field, offering direct flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, Mexico and Las Vegas, as well as several one-stop flights to hundreds of domestic and international destinations, Bakersfield is a gateway for travel.

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