Palmdale

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Palmdale is a city in the far north of Los Angeles County in the Antelope Valley region of the Mojave Desert in Southern California.

Understand[edit]

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Palmdale is about 70 miles north of Downtown Los Angeles off of California State Highway 14, the Antelope Valley Freeway. The A.V. Freeway is the area's principal NORTH - SOUTH route. The other end of CA-14 to the North connects Reno, Nevada to the Palmdale area via US Highway 395.

California State Highway 138 is the principal EAST - WEST route and connects the Inland Empire (Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario) and the "Grapevine" area of Interstate 5 to the Palmdale area.

California State Highway 18 connects the Victor Valley area to the Palmdale area via CA-138.

By plane[edit]

Palmdale Regional Airport (IATA: PMD) was served by United Airlines, but currently has no scheduled service.

The next closest airport is Bob Hope Airport (IATA: BUR) in Burbank, approximately one hour's drive to the South, and is served by most major carriers.

Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX), Ontario International Airport (IATA: ONT), and Bakersfield Meadows Field (IATA: BFL) are all approximately the same distance away timewise, assuming no traffic.

LAX has the most travel options and is generally the least expensive, but is significantly crowded and has many a long line in addition to the excessive traffic one must usually contend with to get to/from the airport.

Ontario will be much less crowded and easier to use. Traffic can be bad at times, but not nearly as bad as LAX.

Bakersfield is also an easy to use, uncrowded airport like Ontario, but has less flight options and is also generally more expensive, however, there is little to no traffic problems reaching BFL.

If you are willing to drive really far (90-120 miles), Long Beach Municipal Airport (IATA: LGB) and John Wayne International (IATA: SNA) may also be used as alternates.

There are a couple of Shuttle Bus companies that operate daily from Palmdale to LAX, costing approximately $70 one way:

  • Antelope Valley Airport Express, +1 (661) 945-2529.
  • On Time Airport Super Shuttle, +1 (800) 372-3372.

By train[edit]

The Palmdale Transportation Center in downtown, has daily rail service to Los Angeles area destinations via Metrolink, a commuter rail line. The center is also served by Amtrak California, the national passenger rail carrier, using it's Thruway Bus service. It is the metropolitan area's mass-transit hub.

The Vincent-Grade/Acton Metrolink station serves southern Palmdale and nearby Acton with commuter rail service to/from Los Angeles.

Other than coming to or leaving town, rail service is not particularly used in this area as there are only 2 stations serving Palmdale and 1 more in nearby Lancaster.

By bus[edit]

Greyhound Bus Lines serves the Palmdale Transportation Center daily.

The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) has daily commuter bus lines that connect to the Palmdale Transportation Center from various areas in Los Angeles. The AVTA is also the operator of the city's public bus system.

Santa Clarita Transit has a daily commuter bus line that runs to the Palmdale Transportation Center from the nearby city of Santa Clarita.

Get around[edit]

By bus[edit]

Palmdale has a local city bus system, operated by the Antelope Valley Transit Authority. These buses operate on most major thoroughfares throughout the metropolitan area and arrive on average of every 15 to 20 minutes. There are 2 major transfer centers in the city for switching bus lines, one at the Antelope Valley Mall and the primary one at the Palmdale Transportation Center. Santa Clarita Transit is the nearby city of Santa Clarita's public bus system and it offers connecting bus service from the PTC as well. Greyhound Bus also serves the Palmdale Transportation Center.

By taxi[edit]

Palmdale does have taxi services by several companies. However, these taxis must always be called ahead of time, they are rarely in a position to be flagged down like in New York City or Los Angeles. If you plan on using a taxi service when arriving at Palmdale Regional Airport, there is a pay phone in the terminal that can be used to call them.

  • El Taxi en Espanol (661) 266-2255
  • Southland Yellow Cab (661) 723-2227

By car[edit]

Palmdale has an extensive street system that is easily navigable by nearly everyone.

Palmdale has most of the major rental car companies present. If arriving at Palmdale Regional Airport, there is a phone available to contact the rental car companies. The rental car companies do not have lots on the airport site, but they will come and pick you up from the airport and take you to the rental car facility. They will also likewise return you to the airport in the same manner.

  • Avis (661) 945-5825
  • Budget (661) 273-8140 or (661) 266-0662
  • Dollar (661) 945-1869
  • Enterprise (661) 274-2585 or (661) 266-0334
  • Hertz (661) 540-0889 or (661) 948-5496

See[edit]

Aerospace & Flight[edit]

  •    Blackbird Air Park2503 E. Avenue P (Take Highway 14 or Sierra Highway to Avenue P, turn east, drive to 25th Street East.),  +1 661 274-0884. F-Su 10AM-5PM. View and walk around retired SR-71A (Blackbird), A-12 and U-2 aircraft.

Live Entertainment & Festivals[edit]

Local Experience, Culture & Museums[edit]

  • NASA Dryden Flight Research Center located at Edwards Air Force Base, located east of Rosamond north of the city, is a massive testing and training ground for the Air Force and NASA. There is a museum on the base and tours are available. Note that this is an active military base so ID will be required and visitors may be required to submit to a search.
  • Palmdale Civic Center is the location of the Poncitlan Square and the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center downtown.
  • Joe Davies Heritage Airpark at Palmdale Plant 42 and the "next-door" Air Force Flight Test Center Museum's Blackbird Airpark Annex show off displays of various aircraft built or tested at Palmdale Air Force Plant 42.
  • Palmdale Playhouse and Art Gallery
  • Palmdale Schoolhouse at McAdam Park is the only remaining building of the original village of Palmenthal in the late 1800s.

Outdoors, Nature, Camping & Recreation[edit]

  • Big Rock Creek Camp is a camping area near Devil's Punchbowl southeast of the city.
  • Joshua Ranch Trail is a natural preservation area, temporarily closed due to a housing development under construction.
  • Littlerock Dam and Recreation Area, southeast of the city, is a county operated park with a public use lake and several campsites.
  • Saddleback Butte State Park is located in the buttes north of Lake Los Angeles to the northeast of the city and features a small camping area. It is known to be an ideal location for late night stargazing and viewing meteor showers on clear nights.

Sports[edit]

Baseball/Softball[edit]

  • The Best Of The West Softball Complex regularly hosts various state and national softball tournaments.

Bowling[edit]

  • Brunswick Vista Lanes is located on 30th Street East near Palmdale Blvd.
  • Brunswick Sands Bowl is located on Sierra Highway north of Avenue L.

Golf[edit]

  • Rancho Vista Golf Course is Palmdale's only PGA class golf course.
  • Antelope Valley Country Club is another major golf course which requires club membership to play.
  • Desert Aire Golf Course is located near the eastern side of the city.

Skiing[edit]

  • Mountain High is a ski resort in nearby Wrightwood, southeast of the city.

Youth Activities[edit]

  • Dry Town Water Park on Avenue S is open each summer from May to September, and features water slides, a wave pool, and a lazy river.
  • The Hammack Activity Center and Roller Hockey Rink is a family friendly facility providing various activities for youth.

Do[edit]

Buy[edit]

Palmdale has many of the stores found in the typical middle-class cities across the United States. Most of these stores are found at the intersection of Rancho Vista Blvd. and 10th Street West in and around the Antelope Valley Mall. There is also another heavy retail shopping cooridor growing on 47th Street East at Avenue S. The third main shopping area is located along Palmdale Blvd. between 17th Street East and 30th Street East.

As far as shopping unique to Palmdale, there really isn't any. You may find local area postcards in some of the stores like Wal*Mart or Target, but that's about as far as it goes.

Eat[edit]

Palmdale has eateries to satisfy any palate. Most of the food establishments are located at the intersection of Rancho Vista Blvd. and 10th Street West near the Antelope Valley Mall, or along Palmdale Blvd. between 20th and 30th Streets East.

Where multiple restaurants of the same name are mentioned, they are listed in order of distance from the city center where all hotels are located.

American & BBQ[edit]

  • Bakers Square350 W. Palmdale Blvd +1 661 273-1020.
  • B.J.'s Restaurant & Brewery1325 W. Rancho Vista Blvd +1 661 538-9040.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar40155 10th Street West +1 661 947-0900.
  • Cascades Grill3905 Club Rancho Dr +1 661 272-9082.
  • Country Cafe2211 E. Palmdale Blvd +1 661 273-3082.
  • Famous Dave's BBQ1205 W. Rancho Vista Blvd +1 661 225-9616.
  • Greenhouse Cafe1233 W. Rancho Vista Blvd +1 661 272-8866.
  • Hometown Buffet422 W. Rancho Vista Blvd +1 661 267-6277.
  • Pines Cafe 4343 Pearblossom Highway
  • Red Robin Burgers & Spirits1233 W. Rancho Vista Blvd +1 661 274-1773.
  • Schooner Saloon Restaurant38417 20th Street East +1 661 947-3006.
  • Souplantation40026 10th St. West
  • Steer N' Stein2162 E. Palmdale Blvd +1 661 274-2311.
  • Ten West Bar & Grill40420 10th Street West +1 661 273-9764.
  • Texas Cattle Company1233 W. Rancho Vista Blvd +1 661 273-6642fax: +1 661 273 6672.
  • Vincent Hill Station553 Sierra Highway +1 661 272-4799.

Chinese[edit]

  • China Garden 2321 E. Avenue S - +1 661 272-9913
  • China Palace232 E. Palmdale Blvd +1 661 273-7481.
  • Lucky Star38414 Division St +1 661 273-0943.
  • Mr. Wok 3025 E. Avenue S - +1 661 947-3138
  • Nopgow Chinese Restaurant West39522 10th Street West +1 661 273-0875.
  • Nopgow Chinese Restaurant East 2551 E. Avenue S - +1 661 538-0590
  • Phoenix Inn2250 E. Palmdale Blvd +1 661 265-9988.
  • Something to Eat39224 10th Street West +1 661 274-8838.

Greek[edit]

  •    Mediterranean Delight1233 W. Rancho Vista Blvd (Exit Highway 14 at 10th St. W. Drive south one block, turn right into Antelope Valley Mall. Restaurant located inside mall.),  +1 661 273-1128.

Hawaiian[edit]

Indian[edit]

  • Malhi's Family Indian Cuisine39256 10th Street West +1 661 947-4400.

Italian[edit]

Japanese & sushi[edit]

Mexican[edit]

  • Don Juan's Mexican Cantina38350 30th Street East +1 661 947-7166.
  • El Dorado Restaurant & Bar2072 E. Palmdale Blvd +1 661 947-7611.
  • El Torito1161 W. Rancho Vista Blvd +1 661 274-4502.
  • El Toreo West38801 10th Street West +1 661 273-4050.
  • El Toreo East 3025 E. Avenue S - +1 661 266-8496
  • Los Arco's Mexican Food3115 W. Rancho Vista Blvd +1 661 267-0298.
  • Medrano's Mexican Restaurant1823 E. Palmdale Blvd +1 661 272-0335.
  • Sharky's Mexican Grill39532 10th Street West +1 661 273-4713.
  • Speedy Joes Mexican Restaurant40205 10th Street West +1 661 266-9625.

Mongolian[edit]

Seafood[edit]

Soul food[edit]

Thai[edit]

  • Nopgow Thai Restaurant West39522 10th Street West +1 661 273-0875.
  • Nopgow Thai Restaurant East 2551 E. Avenue S - +1 661 538-0590
  • Thai Cafe Cuisine827 W. Palmdale Blvd +1 661 266-8429.
  • Thai Palms Restaurant957 E. Palmdale Blvd +1 661 272-1267.

Fast(er) food[edit]

Drink[edit]

  • B.J.'s Restaurant & Brewery1325 W. Rancho Vista Blvd +1 661 538-9040.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar40155 10th Street West +1 661 947-0900.
  • Chili's Bar & Grill1021 W. Rancho Vista Blvd +1 661 267-1581.
  • Don Juan's Mexican Cantina38350 30th Street East +1 661 947-7166.
  • El Dorado Restaurant Bar Dancing2072 E. Palmdale Blvd +1 661 947-7611.
  • El Torito1161 W. Rancho Vista Blvd +1 661 274-4502.
  • Horseshoe Club Cantina38426 6th St. East
  • On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina1311 Rancho Vista Blvd +1 661 225-9506.
  • Red Robin Burgers & Spirits1233 W. Rancho Vista Blvd +1 661 274-1773.
  • Texas Cattle Company1233 W. Rancho Vista Blvd +1 661 273-6642.
  • Vaughn’s Billiards 2015 E. Palmdale Blvd

Sleep[edit]

Go next[edit]

Take CA SR-14 North:

Take CA SR-14 South:

Take CA SR-138 East:

  • Mountain High Ski Resort
  • Ski Sunrise Resort
  • Inland Empire - Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario (via I-15)
  • Big Bear Lake town and resort
  • Palm Springs (via I-15 & I-10)
  • San Diego (via I-15)
  • Phoenix (via I-15 & I-10)

Take CA SR-138 West: (via SR-14 North):

Take CA SR-18 East (via SR-138 East):

Routes through Palmdale
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