|Climate chart (explanation)|
Buttonwillow is located along Interstate 5 at the exit for Highway 58. There are a number of motels and eateries immediately to the east of the Interstate that claim to be in Buttonwillow. Buttonwillow proper is located about 4.5 miles to the west of the Interstate on Highway 58.
- 1 Buttonwillow Tree (0.5 miles north of CA-58 on Buttonwillow Dr.). The buttonwillow tree (from which the town takes its name) is a California State Landmark. The tree, which sat alone in the broad valley, was a meeting point for cowboys herding cattle in the area.
- Bakersfield - East of Buttonwillow on Highway 58. Nicknamed "the country music capital of the West Coast", Bakersfield is the largest city in the southern San Joaquin Valley and is thus the best option for those seeking lodging, transportation, or other services.
- McKittrick - An oil & gas town located southwest of Buttonwillow on Highway 58 that is home to the McKittrick Brea Pit, a tar pit that was the site of a huge cache of prehistoric fossils.
- Taft - An oil town located south of Buttonwillow that offers food, gas, and lodging services. Taft is also home to the West Kern Oil Museum and a replica of Sutter's fort that was built in 1940 as a Depression-era project.
- Wasco - Located northeast of Buttonwillow, Wasco is known as the city of roses, with 55% of all roses grown in the USA grown in and around Wasco. Its annual spring Rose Festival attracts visitors from all over southern California.
- Lost Hills - Northwest of Buttonwillow on I-5, this town will be of most interest to travelers on the interstate who need fuel, food or other services.
- The Grapevine - The Grapevine is a corridor along I-5 that is home to the outlets at Tejon and a slew of traveler-focused restaurants and hotels for the thousands of cars traveling on the interstate.
- Tule Elk State Natural Reserve - Located about twelve miles southeast of Buttonwillow, this reserve is home to a herd of about forty tule elk, a species native to California that was nearly wiped out in the 19th century.
|Routes through Buttonwillow|
|Sacramento ← Lost Hills ←||N S||→ The Grapevine → Los Angeles|
|Ends at N S ← McKittrick ←||W E||→ Bakersfield → Barstow|