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.
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 except Northwest & Continental.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 & Do
Aerospace & Flight
Crystalaire Airport located southeast of the city features glider rides.
Fox Airfield, to the north of the city in Lancaster, features an aviation school and hot air balloon rides, as well as a county park featuring a large pond.
Live Entertainment & Festivals
The Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival is held for ten days in the late summer at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds in Lancaster to the north of the city.
The annual California Poppy Festival is held at Lancaster City Park on a single weekend in April every year.
The Palmdale Amphitheater, located at Marie Kerr Park on the western side of the city, is a 10,000 seat outdoor amphitheater, featuring the Starlight Concert Series hosting many world famous performers on evenings in the summer.
The Palmdale Fall Festival is an annual festival said to be one of the best in California and held every October at Marie Kerr Park.
Thursday Night on the Square features an outside market, live entertainment, various arts and crafts, refreshments, and children's activities on Thursday Nights in the summer.
Local Experience, Culture & Museums
The Antelope Valley Indian Museum, located east of the city is a museum dedicated to the local Native American tribes who lived in the region for hundreds of years. It contains various Native American artifacts and sells souvoniers.
The Musical Road which was created for a Honda commercial and is currently America's only "musical" road, is located on Avenue G in Lancaster north of the city. Grooves have been cut into the road at intervals in such a way that a car driving at 55 miles per hour hears the William Tell Overture (known to many as the theme from the Lone Ranger). The section of road proved so popular that it was re-located to this less populated stretch of highway and is now sponsored by the city of Lancaster itself. Videos of what you can expect to see and hear can be found on YouTube.
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 Schoolhouse at McAdam Park is the only remaining building of the original village of Palmenthal in the late 1800s.
Outdoors, Nature, Camping & Recreation
The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is a state park located northwest of the city that is dedicated to the state flower, the California Poppy. Typically the month of April provides the best viewing time for the rolling hills of orange poppies. Additionally, the city of Lancaster will host the annual California Poppy Festival at Lancaster City Park on a single weekend in April every year.
Big Rock Creek Camp is a camping area near Devil's Punchbowl southeast of the city.
Devil's Punchbowl is a county protected natural hiking preserve along Big Rock Creek similar to a miniature Grand Canyon located 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.
The Best Of The West Softball Complex regularly hosts various state and national softball tournaments.
The Lancaster Jethawks is a minor league professional baseball team serving as a class AAA farm team affiliate for the Houston Astros. They play at Clear Channel Stadium in Lancaster to the north of the city during regular baseball season.
Brunswick Vista Lanes is located on 30th Street East near Palmdale Blvd.
Brunswick Sands Bowl is located on Sierra Highway north of Avenue L.
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.
Willow Springs International Raceway, located west of Rosamond to the north of the city, is a race complex has multiple tracks ranging from basic ovals to the 2.5 mi (4 km) big track. There is also a mini-Kart track and a convoluted street course. Events are held most weekends.
Mountain High is a ski resort in nearby Wrightwood, southeast of the city.
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.
The Feline Conservation Center also known as (The Cat House), in Rosamond to the north of the city is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of the world's endangered felines. Visitors can wander the compound to see many types of wild cats, which range in size from the house-cat size fishing cat to the 600+ pound Caesar, a Siberian Tiger. A Twilight Tour is available to allow viewing of the nocturnal species.
Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve is located in nearby Acton to the southwest of the city. It is an animal preserve which houses many animals frequently used in the filming of motion pictures.
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.
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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
Bakers Square 350 W. Palmdale Blvd. - (661) 273-1020
B.J.'s Restaurant & Brewery 1325 W. Rancho Vista Blvd. - (661) 538-9040
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar 40155 10th Street West - (661) 947-0900
Cascades Grill 3905 Club Rancho Drive - (661) 272-9082
Country Cafe 2211 E. Palmdale Blvd. - (661) 273-3082
Famous Dave's BBQ 1205 W. Rancho Vista Blvd. - (661) 225-9616
Greenhouse Cafe 1233 W. Rancho Vista Blvd. - (661) 272-8866
Hometown Buffet 422 W. Rancho Vista Blvd. - (661) 267-6277
Pines Cafe 4343 Pearblossom Highway
Red Robin Burgers & Spirits 1233 W. Rancho Vista Blvd. (661) 274-1773
Schooner Saloon Restaurant 38417 20th Street East - (661) 947-3006
Souplantation 40026 10th St. West
Steer N' Stein 2162 E. Palmdale Blvd. - (661) 274-2311
Ten West Bar & Grill 40420 10th Street West - (661) 273-9764
Texas Cattle Company 1233 W. Rancho Vista Blvd. (661) 273-6642 fax (661) 273 6672
Vincent Hill Station 553 Sierra Highway - (661) 272-4799
China Garden 2321 E. Avenue S - (661) 272-9913
China Palace 232 E. Palmdale Blvd. - (661) 273-7481
Lucky Star 38414 Division Street - (661) 273-0943
Mr. Wok 3025 E. Avenue S - (661) 947-3138
Nopgow Chinese Restaurant West 39522 10th Street West - (661) 273-0875
Nopgow Chinese Restaurant East 2551 E. Avenue S - (661) 538-0590
Phoenix Inn 2250 E. Palmdale Blvd. - (661) 265-9988
Something to Eat 39224 10th Street West - (661) 274-8838
Romi's Fine Dining 1329 W. Rancho Vista Blvd. - (661) 947-6647
Mediterranean Delight 1233 W. Rancho Vista Blvd. - (661) 273-1128
L&L Hawaiian Barbeque 39438 Trade Center Drive - (661) 538-0500
Q&Q Hawaiian Barbeque 39445 10th Street West - (661) 265-8889
Malhi's Family Indian Cuisine 39256 10th Street West - (661) 947-4400
Eduardo's Italian Restaurant 819 W. Palmdale Blvd. - (661) 273-0955
Me & Ed's Pizzeria 39202 10th Street West - (661) 266-8570
Japanese & sushi
Big Tuna 39409 10th Street West - (661) 273-9966
Geisha Japanese Restaurant 120 E. Palmdale Blvd. - (661) 266-2202
Shogun Sushi 828 E. Avenue Q-6 - (661) 947-5557
Shogun Teriyaki 1233 W. Rancho Vista Blvd. - (661) 947-0629
Tokyo Steakhouse 2106 E. Palmdale Blvd. - (661) 538-1578
Tokyo Sushi 2211 E. Palmdale Blvd. - (661) 272-1219
Uozumi Restaurant 38575 6th Street East - (661) 274-7777
Don Juan's Mexican Cantina 38350 30th Street East - (661) 947-7166
El Dorado Restaurant & Bar 2072 E. Palmdale Blvd. - (661) 947-7611
El Torito 1161 W. Rancho Vista Blvd. - (661) 274-4502
El Toreo West 38801 10th Street West - (661) 273-4050
El Toreo East 3025 E. Avenue S - (661) 266-8496
Los Arco's Mexican Food 3115 W. Rancho Vista Blvd. - (661) 267-0298
Medrano's Mexican Restaurant 1823 E. Palmdale Blvd. - (661) 272-0335
Sharky's Mexican Grill 39532 10th Street West - (661) 273-4713
Speedy Joes Mexican Restaurant 40205 10th Street West - (661) 266-9625
Mongolian Express 1233 W. Rancho Vista Blvd. - (661) 274-1703
Claim Jumper 1247 W. Rancho Vista Blvd. - (661) 274-0900
Mi Ranchito Seafood 1060 E. Palmdale Blvd. - (661) 273-2135
Louisiana Hots 2728 E. Palmdale Blvd. - (661) 274-8000
Original M&M Soul Food 2260 E. Palmdale Blvd. - (661) 273-5003
Nopgow Thai Restaurant West 39522 10th Street West - (661) 273-0875
Nopgow Thai Restaurant East 2551 E. Avenue S - (661) 538-0590
Thai Cafe Cuisine 827 W. Palmdale Blvd. - (661) 266-8429
Thai Palms Restaurant 957 E. Palmdale Blvd. - (661) 272-1267
Alice's Burgers 801 W. Palmdale Blvd. - (661) 266-8550
Baja Fresh Mexican Grill 39332 10th Street West - (661) 947-1682
Brussels Deli 906 E. Palmdale Blvd. - (661) 265-7643
Buffet King 2053 E. Palmdale Blvd. - (661) 267-1888
Cupid's Hotdogs 820 W. Rancho Vista Blvd. - (661) 273-7668
Doublz Burgers 2230 E. Palmdale Blvd. - (661) 266-0353
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