A vineyard sits outside Tehachapi on a sunny day.
For many travelers, Highway 58 serves as their path to the Eastern Sierras, connecting the San Joaquin Valley to the Mojave Desert and places beyond. But as you travel this scenic road, you enter a picturesque mountain pass that is also is the location of one of the most beautiful and friendly towns you’ll ever experience: Tehachapi.
Located at the 4,000-foot crest of the 58, the city of Tehachapi and the first of four mountain valleys stretches out in front of you. Framed by mountains that reach up to nearly 8,000 feet in some places, the Tehachapi Valley is the perfect stop for travelers looking for a short break or a weekend getaway.
First-timers to Tehachapi will want to visit the historic Downtown district that runs along Tehachapi Boulevard and the busy railroad tracks. In the Greater Tehachapi area, our eclectic offering of more than 40 unique independent restaurants give travelers the perfect excuse to stop for breakfast, lunch or dinner, while the Downtown favorites include Kohnen’s German Country Bakery, Red House BBQ and Petra Mediterranean Deli.
Each of these put you in the perfect place to visit the Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum, where you can learn about the world-famous Tehachapi Loop. An engineering marvel and one of only two in existence worldwide, the Tehachapi Loop helps the many trains climb the steep ascent through the mountains by literally looping the trains right over themselves. It’s a rare sight that looks like it came right out of an elaborate model train layout. Sitting across from each other just down Green Street from the Depot are the Tehachapi Museum and Errea House Museum, two other charming and well-curated museums helping you time travel back to Tehachapi’s interesting past.
While you’re in our walkable Downtown area, why not also pop into our many antique shops, quilting stores, art and craft galleries and fashion boutiques? As you do, you’ll learn a little more about our rich heritage as you pass by and enjoy the nine murals that adorn the city buildings. And if you happen to be here while one of our many annual events are taking place, we encourage you to join us. Year round, we host fun gatherings from Wine Walks to Farmers Markets, Brew Festivals to cycling events. There is something for everyone in the city of Tehachapi.
If you can spend a bit more time with us, then we would suggest you explore the other three valleys that extend to our west. A short drive along Highway 202 will take you out to Brite, Cummings and Bear valleys. It’s here you’ll find more of our scenic and diverse destinations. No family trip is complete until you’ve visited the animals at Adorable Alpacas. It will delight kids of all ages as you get to experience these unique animals. And for grown-ups looking to go wine tasting, give our award-winning wineries a try by visiting Triassic Vineyards or Souza Family Vineyards. Both are open year-round on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Need to stretch your legs even more? Then we suggest you take a hike or bike ride in our community! Tehachapi Mountain Park serves as the trail head to many short hikes, and the Pacific Crest Trail also runs right past the Tehachapi Valley and you can section hike segments of the PCT. Paved paths in town also give you the perfect chance to walk or ride along our scenic vistas and experience a bit more of what our 38,000 resident really enjoy about Tehachapi.
We encourage you to come experience Tehachapi, and discover the joys that a good road trip can bring. Our breezy disposition will help you clear your mind and lift your spirits, and our relaxed pace will recall a time to when towns felt friendly, cared about how they looked and welcomed everyone who stopped by to pay a visit.
Plan your trip at VisitTehachapi.com or download our app at iTunes or Google play.