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A "Little" Something

Written by Kimberly Horg

About halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, on California Highway 1, miner and prospector George Hearst purchased 40,000 acres of ranch land in 1865. His only child, William Randolph Hearst, inherited the land years later in 1919 from his mother, Phoebe Apperson Hearst.

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Adventure–4.5 Billion Years in the Making

Written by Kimberly Horg

Resembling a graveyard found in a distant land in Jurassic Park, visitors can marvel at the hundreds of fossils that fill Dinosaur Hall at the Natural History Museum (NHM) in Los Angeles...

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Written by Donna McCrohan Rosenthal

Between Highways 395 and 14 some hour and a half east of Bakersfield and nestled in the high desert’s treeless brown and gray Rand Mountains—so designated after gold country in South Africa’s Transvaal—the living ghost town of Randsburg looks much as it has for over a century, with dramatically fewer inhabitants than in its bonanza days, yet many of the same structures...

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Off The Beaten Path

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

Vacation, daycation, staycation, whatever trendy word you want to call it, a trip to someplace new and exciting, where you can unwind and breathe in some fresh air, is never out of style. And here in Kern County, we have your pick of perfect places. For adventurers whose idea of a getaway involves a sleeping bag and weenies to roast over a campfire: this installment of Great Getaways is for you...

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Written by Bakersfield magazine

Just a half century after Columbus landed his ships in an undiscovered America, a Portuguese sailor named Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed into Point Mugu Lagoon...

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Written by Bakersfield Magazine

Those from Bakersfield are aware of just how much John Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath influenced our community in the years since its publication. But there’s another place in California that has benefitted from being referenced in a Steinbeck novel...

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Ready for Adventure?

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

The Santa Maria Valley is known throughout California for its luscious vineyards and mouth-watering barbecue, but food and wine are not the only assets to this neck of the woods...

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Written by Bakersfield Magazine


The sun is always shining on Solvang. No doubt you’ve heard of this small, Danish town, with its picturesque views and quaint streetscapes. But when’s the last time you visited?

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The Four Faces of Yosemite

Written by Donna McCrohan Rosenthal


Glaciers carved Yosemite's magnificent geologic features about one and a half million years ago. President Abraham Lincoln set it aside as federal land in 1864. Naturalist, conservationist, advocate, and author, John Muir, eloquently argued to preserve it for future generations in the late 1800s.

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Written by Bakersfield Magazine


A little over two hours away is a town that combines a respect for its history and a love of modern culture. No, it's not an oxymoron—it's Ojai. The smallest city in Ventura County has more to offer than you might realize, proving undoubtedly that, when it comes to a fun and exciting experience, size doesn't matter! This lovely “village” has so much going on at any given time that it will leave you reeling yet relaxed, and wanting to come back for more.

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