Wasco is a city in Kern County in California's San Joaquin Valley.

Get inEdit

Wasco is surprisingly well served by rail, with Amtrak providing six trains per day in each on its San Joaquins service between Oakland/Sacramento via Fresno, and Bakersfield

Get aroundEdit

Wasco is a real small town. Do not be fooled by the population that it claims;there is around 8,000 people in the prison and perhaps 1,000 more in other correctional institutions.

You can walk through the whole town excluding the outskirts in little time.


Wasco is known for being the city of Roses. In fact if you buy roses in the U.S they probably came from Wasco so take a look around the fields or just pull over and enjoy your surroundings.


Visit family that may be behind bars, (worry not visitors the prison is far from the town and is surrounded by spiky roses).

  • Rose Parade. Wasco has an annual Rose Parade which gives visitors a chance to buy the freshest roses possible. (Usually in August)check the web site for schedule.
  • Wasco Recreation Ball Park.
  • Cormack Park.
  • Westside Park. Skate Park


There is one K mart and a dollar tree store other then that your best bet is going down town (it is really just one street).




Go nextEdit

  • Bakersfield - 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.
  • Buttonwillow - Located southwest of Wasco, Buttonwillow offers additional lodging options and services and is home to the Buttonwillow Tree, a state landmark that gave the town its name.
  • Lost Hills - This town will be of most interest to travelers on I-5 who need fuel, food or other services. It is west of Wasco on Highway 46.
  • McFarland - Located northeast of Wasco, McFarland is a small farming community that may be best known for the cross-country team that inspired the 2015 movie McFarland, USA.
Routes through Wasco
Paso RoblesLost Hills  W   E  McFarlandEnds at  
Sacramento / EmeryvilleHanford  N   S  Bakersfield

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