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As the Southern Gateway to the Central Valley, Bakersfield is the ninth largest city in California and one of the fastest growing regions in the nation. Approximately 100 miles north of LA and 100 miles south of Fresno. Bakersfield is the birthplace of the country music genre known as &ldquo;the Bakersfield Sound. There are a variety of recreational and cultural attractions. These include award winning museums such as the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, the Bakersfield Museum of Art, and the Buck Owens Crystal Palace and three raceways: Auto Club Famoso Raceway, Bakersfield Speedway and Buttonwillow Raceway. Home to CSU-Bakersfield which offers a long list of majors and arts to enjoy. There is an impressive array of locally-owned, authentic restaurants, including more Basque restaurants than any other city in the nation. Outdoor enthusiasts exercise their rights to walk, jog, and bike on over thirty miles of scenic pathway skirted by the Kern River.