The Best of Both Worlds

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Driving Distance: 180 Miles

  • Take State Route 58 east out of Bakersfield, heading through the rolling hills and orchards.  On your way out, don’t miss Murray Family Farms (6700 General Beale Road; 661-330-0100). (31 miles)
  •  Continue east on Tehachapi Road to a railroad engineering marvel.  When seen from the historical marker at roadside, the rails of the Tehachapi Loop seem to be making two circles, winding around themselves like a snake. Continue east on State Route 58 to State Route 202. Head left into the city of Tehachapi. (11 miles)
  •  Don’t miss the Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum (101 W. Tehachapi Boulevard; 661-823-1100). Return to State Route 58 and travel east through the Tehachapi Pass.
  •  At the intersection of State Routes 14 and 58 lies Mojave. Mojave Air and Space Port (1434 Flightline Street;  661-824-2433) is the nation’s first FAA-licensed inland spaceport. (21 miles)
  •  Drop farther south along State Route 14 toward Lancaster, then take State Route 138 west to the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve (15101 Lancaster Road; 661-942-0662).   (24 miles)
  •  Continue west to Interstate 5 then turn north.  Along the way visit the Fort Tejon State Historic Park at Lebec (4201 Fort Tejon Road; 661-248-6692).  (41 miles)
  • Take northbound Interstate 5 to State Route 99 north and head back to Bakersfield to complete your trip.

Image and Driving Tour Source: Kern County Board of Trade; VisitKern.com.