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Visitor’s Guide

AVentures Magazine is the official publication of Destination Lancaster and highlights all the unique attractions, special events and experiences you can only find throughout the Antelope Valley.

The 2019 AVentures magazine is available now! It guides you through an “ideal day in Lancaster” as well as highlights hot spots and events you won’t want to miss!

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City of Lancaster

Whether you prefer a placid escape or an animated adventure, you’ll find the perfect get-away right on the edge of Los Angeles County and in the heart of the Antelope Valley. Close in and comfortable, Lancaster is a place where people come together to experience the exhilarating diversity of open spaces and the invigorating energy of urban places! This inviting, friendly high desert locale blends the best of both worlds to offer you a nearly endless choice of activities ranging from the exhilarating to the sublime. Find new joy in unexpected ways. Plan your stay today. Whether you’re into high-speed racing, high-flying aviation or high-impact athletics, Lancaster offers the perfect base for all sorts of adrenaline pumping excitement.

Lancaster, the hub of the beautiful California high desert and gateway to world renowned Death Valley, offers the charm of four seasons flavored with three hundred and sixty plus days of clear blue skies. You will be treated to magical skylines, mountainous vistas, snowcapped in the winter, brilliant sunrises, soft colorful sunsets and deep blue skies which make it positively clear that Lancaster is the perfect home away from home in the magnificent California High Desert.

Just 60 miles north of Los Angeles, located in Antelope “Aerospace” Valley, Lancaster is home to a long rich history of aviation and technology innovation, flight research and world class aerospace accomplishments. Lancaster is proud of its local heroes such as Chuck Yeager, Pete Knight, Burt and Dick Rutan and neighboring research and testing facilities such as Edwards Air force Base, China Lake Naval Training Center, the Air Force Research Laboratory, NASA, Lockheed Skunkworks along with new projects such as the F-35 Strikeforce Fighter and the development of unmanned flight technology.

It’s not unusual for Lancaster residents and visitors to be treated to once in a lifetime opportunities to view the best of the past, present and future of aviation technology in the Valley’s bright blue sky!

Geography & Climate

Geography & Climate

Although Los Angeles is “just down the hill” there is a dramatic difference in the weather and geography of the Antelope Valley, the premier gateway to the California High Desert and Western Mojave Desert Region. Lancaster experiences a moderate semiarid climate.

Lancaster in the News

Lancaster in the News

Positive travel stories are constantly being published by travel bloggers and more highlighting the one of a kind attractions in Lancaster and the Antelope Valley — festivals, restaurants and breweries, and outdoor activities.

Lancaster History

Lancaster History

Native Americans roamed the Antelope Valley ten thousand years before Southern Pacific railway tycoons Charles Crocker, Leland Stanford, Mark Hopkins and Collis Huntington decided to find the perfect rail route from San Francisco to Los Angeles.


Getting to Lancaster is easy. The City is just an hour north of Los Angeles, whether you arrived by plane at LAX or Burbank, caught a train into Union Station, or are driving from the LA Basin. Centrally located in Southern California, Lancaster is easily accessed by Interstate 5 & 15, making access simple and not congested for even cross-country travelers.

Click on each transportation method to get more information.

Healthcare & City of Lancaster

Antelope Valley Hospital

1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster, Ca. 93533
(661) 949-5000 |

Kaiser-Permanente Medical Care Program

43112 15th St. West, Lancaster, Ca. 93534
(661) 726-2500

High Desert Medical Group

43839 N. 15th St. W, Lancaster, Ca. 93534
(661) 945-5984

Antelope Valley Community Clinic

45074 10th St. W. Lancaster, Ca. 93534

High Desert Health Systems (LA County)

44900 N. 60th St. W. Lancaster, Ca. 93536
(661) 945-8385

If this is an emergency, please dial 911

Lancaster’s business-friendly atmosphere has contributed to dramatic economic growth in recent years. New businesses often choose to relocate or open another location in Lancaster, which translates to increases in local job opportunities.