Top things to do in Mojave Desert

Top Choice Gastropub in Lancaster-Palmdale

Kinetic Brewing Co

Elevating pub grub to fine-food status, this convivial brewpub spikes its menu with truffle kettle chips, mac 'n' cheese with smoked lobster and Scotch egg. All go well with its celebrated IPAs, porters and ales, as…
Museum in Ridgecrest

US Naval Museum of Armament & Technology

Touch a Tomahawk missile or mug with a 'Fat Man' (atomic bomb, that is) at this museum on a classified US Navy base. The weapons collection will likely fascinate technology, flight, history and military buffs – and …
Nature Reserve in Ridgecrest

Trona Pinnacles

What do the movies Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek V: the Final Frontier and Planet of the Apes have in common? They were all filmed at Trona Pinnacles, an eerily beautiful natural landmark where some 500 calcium ca…
Nature Preserve in Lancaster-Palmdale

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

The golden poppy is California's state flower and in this park it's given centerstage, especially from mid-March through April when the hills are practically aglow in the dainty flower and lupine, goldfields and lac…
Dunes in Mojave National Preserve

Kelso Dunes

Rising to 700ft, these beautiful dunes are the country’s third-tallest sand dunes. Under the right conditions they emanate low humming sounds that are caused by shifting sands. Running downhill sometimes jump-starts…
Museum in Boron

Borax Visitors Center

On a hilltop on the grounds of the Rio Tinto Boron Mine, California's largest open pit mine, this museum reeks 'corporate promo' but actually has some fine exhibits and a film explaining the history and process of b…
Park in Mojave Desert

Mojave National Preserve

You can spend an entire day or just a few hours driving around the free Mojave National Preserve, taking in such natural sights as giant dunes, an extinct volcano, a huge Joshua-tree forest and sculptured rock walls…
American in Lancaster-Palmdale

Bex Bar & Grill

This popular hangout fills hungry tummies with pizza, burger, pasta and most famously, a slow-roasted tri-trip. If you fancy filling your daily calorie needs in one go, order the two-pounder MOAB (Mother of all Burg…
Steak in Primm

GP's

The best among the largely poor or mediocre eateries in Primm, GP's trains the spotlight on quality meats and seafood, prepared in classic fashion. Kick things off with old-school continental classics such as lobste…
Mall in Primm

Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas

Browse for bargains at around 60 outlets by such covetable retailers as Calvin Klein, Kate Spade, Guess, Levi's, Banana Republic and Tommy Hilfiger.