Lancaster (California)

Lancaster is a city in far northern Los Angeles County in Southern California, eight miles from the Kern County line.



 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°F) 59 62 67 73 82 91 98 98 91 79 67 58
Nightly lows (°F) 31 35 39 45 54 61 67 64 57 46 36 30
Precipitation (in) 1.5 1.8 1.1 0.4 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.4 0.5 1.2

   Data from NOAA (1981-2010)

Get in

The Musical Road

Created for a Honda commercial, America's only "musical" road is located on Avenue G near Lancaster, CA, between 30th St. W. and 40th St. W. You must travel westbound in the left-most lane of the three-lane road. Grooves cut into the road at intervals cause tire vibrations so 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.

By car

California State Highway 14, the Antelope Valley Freeway, is the primary NORTH - SOUTH route in and out of Lancaster. It ends in Los Angeles in the South and heads North to Reno, Nevada.

California State Highway 138 heads EAST out of the "next door" city of Palmdale to the south and heads WEST along Avenue D, 6 miles north of Lancaster in unincorporated Los Angeles County. CA-138 runs co-extensively with CA-14 from Avenue D to Palmdale Blvd. Highway 138 leads to the "Grapevine" area of Interstate 5 to the west, and the Inland Empire (Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario) to the east.

By air

There is no longer air service to the Antelope Valley region. Los Angeles area airports of LAX, Bob Hope in Burbank, Ontario, Long Beach, and John Wayne in Orange County, or Bakersfield's Meadows Field may be used if willing to drive a couple of hours.

By rail

The Lancaster Metrolink Station is the final destination on the Metrolink Rail system's Antelope Valley Line from Los Angeles' Union Station. Other nearby stops include the Palmdale Transportation Center and the Vincent-Grade/Acton Metrolink stations in Palmdale. Amtrak, the national rail carrier also has its Thruway Bus that stops at both the Lancaster Metrolink Station and the Palmdale Transportation Center.

By bus

Greyhound Bus Lines stops at the Lancaster Metrolink station and also at the nearby Palmdale Transportation Center. If continuing to your final destination using the local public bus system, the Antelope Valley Transit Authority, it is advisable to get off at the Palmdale Transportation Center instead, since it is the principal hub for the AVTA and you have more connection options (5) there than the Lancaster Metrolink station, which connects to only 2 lines.

Get around

By bus

The Antelope Valley Transit Authority operates public transit buses throughout Lancaster with routes near most major hotels, parks, shopping areas and medical facilities. One-way fare (as of March, 2013) is $1.50. A day pass is $3.75.

By train

Lancaster is the end of the line for the Metrolink Antelope Valley Line at the Lancaster Station on Sierra Highway. The only other stop in the Antelope Valley is at the Palmdale Transportation Center. The Antelope Valley Line continues to the Santa Clarita Valley, San Fernando Valley, and Los Angeles.

By taxi






Stay safe

In recent years there has been an increase in crime in Lancaster. Particularly at night it is best not to go out alone.

Go next

Routes through Lancaster

Bishop Rosamond  N  S  Palmdale Los Angeles
End Junction  W  E  Palmdale Junction

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