One Ideal Day in Lancaster
8 am: BAE=Bacon And Eggs
It won’t just be the coffee that wakes you up at Foxy’s Landing and Restaurant, nestled inside the General William J. Fox Airfield. Lancaster’s thriving aerospace industry is on full display here, where you can watch planes land and take off from the comfort of your booth. Indulge in classic diner dishes with a twist, such as eggs topped with meaty cactus or start your morning off sweet with warm cinnamon toast and a thick peanut butter shake.
Avenue G to William J. Barnes Avenue (corner of airfield) | 661-949-2284
9:30 am: Look No Feather
Just down the street from the restaurant is the scenic and serene Apollo Community Regional Park. Various trails, playgrounds, and picnic tables pepper the blossoming greenspace, which was named in honor of the Apollo 11 astronauts. With 54 acres and three sprawling lakes, your mid-morning stroll will be accompanied by dozens of geese, swans, ducks, and other fauna native to the region.
4555 West Avenue G | 661-940-7701 | parks.lacounty.gov
Before you punch in the next destination on your GPS, take a detour down the famous Musical Road located at 3187 West Avenue G. The first of its kind in the United States, the road mechanism was originally constructed by Honda as a marketing stunt. With expertly placed intermittent grooves, your car will activate the road to play a familiar tune—the William Tell Overture. You’ve never listened to music in your car like this.
11 am: Native Know-How
Get a glimpse of Lancaster’s rich past when the City was once an active trade corridor linking surrounding American Indian regions. Constructed in 1928 over ancient rock formations, the Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic Park is outside the hustle and bustle of the City’s nucleus but offers breathtaking views of the desert. The museum exhibits over 3,000 objects, many of which are extremely rare, as well as a 1⁄2-mile nature trail.
15701 East Avenue M | 661-946-3055 | avim.parks.ca.gov
1 pm: But First, Let’s Lunch
To reboot for the afternoon, head back into town to enjoy fresh, fusion fares from 20/20 The Café. Local favorites such as the kalua pig empanadas, custom poke bowls and mango habanero wings are emblematic of the diverse flavors that capture the heart of California cuisine. Perfect for those who love a little heat, the restaurant has several fiery upgrades available to spice up your dish.
42815 30th Street West, #111 | 661-585-7519 | 2020thecafe
2 pm: The BLVD, Lancaster BLVD.
Lancaster’s charming BLVD district is a hub of the City’s most popular shops, nightlife and entertainment. Select your showtime and settle into the Regency BLVD Cinemas’ large, leather reclining seats—the perfect setting to view the latest big-box or independent film. With a vast selection of beer and wine options, this upscale theater is the ultimate “treat yourself” experience for your day in Lancaster.
742 West Lancaster Boulevard | 661-726-1537 | regencymovies.com
5 pm: The Day is Booked
Located next door to the theatre, a quaint bookshop awaits your visit. Li’l Book Bug’s selection of novels, gifts and handmade items makes this charmer the perfect spot to bring a piece of Lancaster back to friends and family. Missing your furry friends back home? Toby, the official Li’l Book Bug door greeter, will be there to keep you company.
742 West Lancaster Boulevard | 661-274-1431 | lilbookbug.com
6 pm: Let’s Taco-Bout Dinner
In just a five-minute walk, you’ll find yourself upon one of the top Mexican eateries in the Antelope Valley. Don Sal Cocina & Cantina’s focus on traditional Mexican fare has made it a favorite among Lancaster residents. Head there on a Tuesday evening to partake in their taco bar, where they grill up made-to-order tacos to your heart’s content. With a large menu, it can be hard to narrow down your choices. Insider tip—don’t skip the molcajete.
706 West Lancaster Boulevard, #109 | 661-941-2301| donsalcocinacantina.com
8 pm: Bottoms Up
Before you head back to your hotel, indulge in dessert and a nightcap cocktail at Zelda’s 750 West. The speakeasy-style joint is adorned with Art Deco metalwork, taking you back to the 1920s. The real showstoppers are in their menu, starring craft cocktails made by expert mixologists. The cocktail bar is also home to several live bands throughout the month, giving you a dose of music to end your ideal day in Lancaster.
750 West Lancaster Boulevard | 661-723-5846 | zeldas750west.com