The Mojave Desert Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Mojave Desert - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Afton Canyon

  • Canyon

Because of its colorful, steep walls, Afton Canyon is often called the Grand Canyon of the Mojave. It was carved over thousands of years...

Air Force Flight Test Museum at Edwards Air Force Base

  • Military Site

This museum, at what many consider to be the birthplace of supersonic flight, chronicles the rich history of flight testing. Numerous...

Alabama Hills

  • Mountain–Sight

Drop by the Lone Pine Visitor Center for a map of the Alabama Hills and take a drive up Whitney Portal Road (turn west at the light)...

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

  • Forest

About an hour's drive from Independence or Bishop you can view some of the oldest living trees on Earth, some of which date back more...

Antelope Valley Indian Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

This museum got its start as a private collection of American Indian antiquities gathered in the 1920s by artist and amateur naturalist...

Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

The California poppy, the state flower, can be spotted throughout the state, but this quiet park holds the densest concentration. Eight...

Antelope Valley Winery/Donato Family Vineyard

  • Store/Shop/Mall

Cyndee and Frank Donato purchased the Los Angeles–based McLester Winery in 1990 and moved it to Lancaster, where the high-desert sun...

Bagdad Café

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Tourists from all over the world flock to this Route 66 eatery where the 1987 film of the same name was shot. Built in the 1940s, the...

Calico Ghost Town

  • Ghost Town

This former silver-mining boom town was started in 1881 and within a few years boasted 500 mines and 22 saloons. Its reconstruction by...

California Route 66 Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Visitors from around the world still think of Historic Route 66 as one of the best ways to see the real America and this 4,500-square-foot...


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