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A Day in Palmdale

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Palmdale is teeming with outdoor pursuits and family-fun spots. It is true that Palmdale isn’t regarded as a popular tourist place, but the city has ample to keep both its residents and visitors mesmerized. It has a charm and personality that will be remembered for far longer than a short visit. Here’s a 24-hour itinerary with which you can discover the best sights the city has to offer.

Palmdale Itinerary
Image By Rennett Stowe from USA (Palmdale California) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

9:00am- Fill up your belly at Chelly’s Cafe!

Let’s start the day with a classic home-style breakfast at the Chelly’s Cafe. The cafe exudes a classic and laid-back vibe. The major draw here is the mouth-drooling fare. The menu is full of delish and creative options, including chicken fried steak, corned beef hash, eggs benedict, and a wide selection of salads, pancakes and sandwiches.  If home-style cooked food is what you crave for in Palmdale, then Chelly’s Cafe is an apt choice to stop by.  Once you step into this cafe, you would love coming back for more and more. All in all, this spot pleases everyone and offers really good value for your money. A great spot to start your day in Palmdale!

Address: 40008 10th Street W, Palmdale, CA 93551, United States
Phone: 1 661-267-1700
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00am-3:00pm; Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am-3:00pm

10:00am- A round of golf at Rancho Vista Golf Course!

Head to Rancho Vista Golf Course that is located in the midst of desert that surrounds it. Have a relaxing game of golf at this place. It is an 18-hole course designed by Ted Robinson, offering a picture-perfect view of the distant mountains. The setting of the course pleases golf lovers and keeps them coming back. After a round of golf, stop by the inviting clubhouse to relax and unwind. There’s also a restaurant onsite with a picturesque terrace, a perfect spot to savor delicious food and tasty drinks while enjoying the striking views of the golf course, desert and beyond.   Enjoy your game!

Address: 3905 Club Rancho Dr, Palmdale, CA 93551, United States
Phone: 1 661-272-9903
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 7:00am-9:00pm; Friday: 7:00am-10:00pm; Saturday: 7:00am-9:00pm
Distance and Time from Chelly’s Cafe: 3.6miles or 7minutes drive via W Avenue O

12:00pm-Get your retail fix at Antelope Valley Mall!

After a game of golf, time for satiate the shopper in you. Head to the Antelope Valley Mall, which is a major indoor mall with about 140 stores, dining and entertainment spots. Anchor stores include Macy’s, Forever 21, JCPenney, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Sears. Stores dedicated to fashion, sporting goods, health & beauty, house decoration, jewelry, accessories and several other stores, such is the diversity here. Other stores include Dillard’s, H& M, Old Navy, Aeropostale, G by GUESS and Rue 21, just to name a few. It’s a busy and active shopping mall that also offers seasonal sales on many brands. 

Address: 1233 Rancho Vista Blvd, Palmdale, CA 93551, United States 
Phone: 1 661-266-9150
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 10:00am-9:00pm; Saturday: 10:00am-8:00pm; Sunday: 11:00am-6:00pm
Distance and Time from Rancho Vista Golf Course: 3.6miles or 8minutes drive via W Avenue O

1:00pm- Lip-smacking lunch time!

The options are aplenty. Palmdale delights every taste bud, no matter what you’re hankering for.

In mood for some Italian food, swing by Fresco II (1311 W Rancho Vista Blvd). For American food, step into Famous Dave’s (1205 W Rancho Vista Blvd). Try Japanese or sushi cuisine at Hibachi Grill Buffet (1215 W Rancho Vista Blvd). Craving for Mexican food, swing by El Torito (1161 W Rancho Vista Blvd 37233 Weeping Branch Street). For succulent barbecue, swing by Dickey’s BBQ Pit (1125 W Rancho Vista Blvd).

2:00pm- Venture into aerospace history at Joe Davies Heritage Airpark!

A trip to Palmdale is incomplete without stopping by the Joe Davies Heritage Park, a place that preserves and honors the rich heritage and history of aircrafts built at the US Air Force Plant 42. It is a Palmdale’s treasure that you just can’t miss. You can see the several retired military aircrafts and scale models of the well-known fighter jets. It also boasts an impressive collection of the components of the famous aircrafts which depict the rich aviation history. Highlights include an AGM-28 Hound Dog Missile, a B-2 spirit 1/8 scale model, Northrop X-4, Convair B-58A Hustler, Boeing 747SR-46, Lockheed Starfighter, F-22 Raptor, and several other fighter jets and aircrafts. It is a place worth-visiting!

Address: 2001 E Avenue P, Palmdale, CA 93550, United States
Phone: 1 661-267-5300
Opening hours: Friday to Sunday: 11:00am-4:00pm


3:00pm-Military aircrafts abound at Blackbird Airpark!

Another city treasure that just can’t be missed is the famous Blackbird Airpark. The Blackbird Airpark boasts a rich heritage of military aircrafts of Blackbird family. Included in their unique collection are J57 engine, U-2D spy plane, J58 engine, D-21 drone, an A-12 CIA reconnaissance aircraft and Lockheed SR-71A. This spot has an engaging display of military aircrafts like no other.  

Address: 2503 E Avenue P, Palmdale, CA 93550, United States
Phone: 1 661-274-0884
Opening hours: Friday to Sunday: 11:00am-4:00pm
Time from Joe Davies Heritage Airpark: 1 minutes via E Avenue P

4:00pm- Lose yourself into water fun and thrill at Dry Town Water Park!

Next, it’s time for some family-fun activity. So, head to the Dry Town Water Park that offers a myriad of water activities and rides for people of all ages, this doubling their fun and excitement. The water park features a kid’s fun zone with water play activities, fountains and three slides; a lazy river, a splashdown pool, a swimming pool and six water slides. Besides the water activities and rides, the park also features a Dusty’s Mineshaft Racer that offers visitors a chance to ride into an enclosed tube; spinning, plunging and splashing all the way to the finish line. This spot has gained an unprecedented popularity amongst the visitors and locals alike.  You will never fall short of enjoyment, thrill and fun here!

Address: 3850 E Avenue S, Palmdale, CA 93550, United States
Phone: 1 661-267-6161
Distance and Time from Blackbird Airpark: 4.7miles or 9minutes drive via E Avenue P and 40th Street E

6:00pm- Experience the Thrill and Fun that awaits you at Mulligan Family Fun Center!

Next, make your way over to the Mulligan Family Fun Center that caters to the entire family. The Mulligan Family Fun Center is another spot that has earned immense popularity among the families in Palmdale. Whenever you think of places where the entire family can enjoy and have fun in Palmdale, the first spot that pops up in mind is the Mulligan Family Fun Center. It is an indoor and outdoor amusement center with plethora of activities of all sorts for people of all ages. Activities include a laser tag, a rock-climbing wall, batting cages, a mini-golf, go-karts and video arcades. Ride the go-karts and have exhilarating fun, traverse a rope course, play mini-golf amid beautiful surroundings and views, take up the challenge and climb up the rock wall. The fun is endless here.

Address: 525 W Avenue P 4, Palmdale, CA 93551, United States
Phone: 1 661-273-1407
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 3:00pm-8:00pm; Friday: 3:00pm-10:00pm; Saturday: 11:00am-10:00pm; Sunday: 11:00am-8:00pm


7:00pm- Time to kick back, relax and enjoy a sip a glass of beer at Transplants Brewing Company!

Get imbibed at the Transplant Brewing Company, one of the best breweries in Palmdale that produces the city’s only craft beers. The vibrant and laid-back ambience invites folks to relax, unwind and sip on a variety of craft beers. Some of the best brews are Cucumber Some, Black bayou, Orange Cycle Ale, Palmdale Poppies, and Filbert, to name a few. Brewery tours are available from Thursday to Sunday.  

Address: 40242 La Quinta Ln Unit 101, Palmdale, CA 93551, United States
Phone: 1 661-266-7911
Opening hours: Wednesday & Thursday: 4:00pm-11:00pm; Friday: 2:00pm-12:00am; Saturday: 12:00am-12:00pm; Sunday: 12:00pm-8:00pm
Distance and Time from Mulligan Family Fun Center: 2.9miles or 7minutes drive via Rancho Vista Blvd and Division Street

8:00pm- Treat your taste buds at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse!

Head to BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse, a popular restaurant known for its hand-crafted beers, fresh and top- quality pub grub and high-energy setting. Munch on the delicious pub grub along with a cold beer. It has a great selection of cocktails to accompany your meal. Also, there are a few flat-screen televisions hanging all around to keep you entertained. This place won’t disappoint you in any way- be it food, drinks, service and ambience, everything here is top-class.

Address: 1325 Rancho Vista Blvd, Palmdale, CA 93551, United States
Phone: 1 661-538-9040
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 11:00am-12:00am; Friday: 11:00am-1:00am; Saturday: 10:00am-1:00am; Sunday: 10:00am-12:00am
Distance and Time from Transplants Brewing Company: 2.0miles or 6minutes drive via W Avenue O and 15th Street W

10:00pm- Bar Hopping!

Start your night excursion at the Chili’s Bar & Grill which serves up tasty Tex-Mex fare along with an impressive list of drinks, including wine, beer and beyond. So, if you’re hankering for tantalizing eats and drinks, then Chili’s Bar & Grill must be your post-dark place to stop by. 

Address: Antelope Valley Mall, 1021 W Avenue P, Palmdale, CA 93551, United States
Phone: 1 661-267-1581
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 11:00am-10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 11:00am-12:00am; Sunday: 11:00am-10:00pm
Distance and Time from BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: 0.8miles or 6minutes drive via Mall Ring Road

Then, head to Yard House, an upscale sports bar chain that is known for its extensive selection of draft beers and New American food. Beer on tap, from ales to stouts and classic lagers, everything is available. Munch on tasty New American food and sip on a draft beer, while watching the big game on the big screens dotting the place.

Address: Antelpoe Valley Mall,1247 Rancho Vista Blvd #1230, Palmdale- 93551, CA United States
Phone: 1 661-274-9271
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 11:00am-11:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 11:00am-1:30am; Sunday: 11:00am-11:00pm
Distance and Time from Chili’s Bar & Grill: 0.7miles or 4minutes drive via Mall Ring Road

Next, step into Buffalo Wild Wings, where you can watch the game on large screen while chowing down on wings and American grub. Satiate your late-night food carvings and thirst at this spot. The food menu is diverse, including quesadillas, burgers, nachos and sundry other American grub. Wash it all down with a cold beer. A perfect spot to end your day in Palmdale!

Address: 40155 10th Street W, Palmdale, CA 93551, United States
Phone: 1 661-947-0900
Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday: 11:00am-12:00am; Thursday: 11:00am-1:00am; Friday & Saturday: 11:00am-2:00am; Sunday: 11:00am-11:00pm
Distance and Time from Yard House: 1.6miles or 5minutes drive via 13th Street W

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