Hello...My husband and I are planning our first trip to California, and we are planning on spending a couple days in Bakersfield to attend the Hot Rod Nationals. Since we are unfamiliar with the area, I have chosen our standby, the Homewood Suites, as our place to stay. Is it safe to travel around the city of Bakersfield, generally speaking? We like to explore and I was wondering what the areas to stay away from might be. Thanks!