Welcome To The Highway 178 Corridor

178 Corridor Overview

The song says “All the Gold’s in California,” and many golden opportunities for vacationers await along the 178 CORRIDOR. This 95-mile highway stretches from metropolitan Bakersfield – through the Kern River Valley – to Ridgecrest and the Gateway to Death Valley National Park, providing everything for your next vacation or weekend getaway. The midway point of the corridor is Lake Isabella with plenty of camping, fishing, boating, water-skiing and jet-skiing. Kernville, on the north shore, is a white water haven where the mighty Kern River offers rafting and kayaking for beginners and experts alike. Kernville is also the southern gateway to the Giant Sequoia National Monument.

 IndianWells Valley  Kern River Valley
 Greater BakersField  Activities
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 Indian Wells Valley Highlights
We are an oasis between the L. A. area. and Mammoth, between Death Valley National Park and Bakersfield. We offer relaxing activities like rock hounding, museum visits and star gazing...along with soft adventures like mountain biking, Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) activities and rock climbing… Ridgecrest is the hub of the high desert. We are a full service community with over 700 rooms, 60 places to dine and 100 places to shop. Whether you’re looking for luxurious five star treatment or economical accommodations, Ridgecrest will fill the bill.  More ? Read here.
Kern Valley Highlights
The Kern River Valley is certain to be a highlight of your journey through the 178 CORRIDOR. This picturesque valley, nestled in the Southern Sierra Nevada, offers unrivaled beauty and recreational diversity. You name it, it’s in the Kern River Valley: fantastic Isabella Lake, the Kern River, a true gem of the West with wet and wild white water rafting and fishing; downhill and cross country skiing; camping and hiking; giant Sequoias; tall pine forests; icy brooks in verdant Sierra meadows. More ? Read here.
Bakersfield Area Highlights
Marking the western end of the Highway 178 Corridor is the City of Bakersfield. Kern County’s largest community has a rich heritage that goes back 8,000 years to the Yokuts Indians, the first people to settle the great San Joaquin Valley. Early influences also included the Spanish, French, Chinese, Basque, Italians, and Portuguese -- each leaving an indelible mark on the area’s culture. Bakersfield enjoys a wide variety of entertainment. Long known to country music fans as Nashville West, the area spawned a musical style pioneered by Buck Owens and Merle Haggard and named for the region -- the Bakersfield Sound. Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace nightclub and restaurant, founded by the late country legend, is a favorite of visitors and locals alike.  More ? Read here.