Lancaster and Palmdale provide base personnel with extensive shopping opportunities. Both feature virtually every national and regional retail store, making it unnecessary to travel outside the Antelope Valley for most goods and services.
Lancaster has recently redeveloped its old downtown area into The BLVD (www.theblvdlancaster.com), which features arts, shopping, a weekly farmers market, dining and entertainment. It is on Lancaster Boulevard between Sierra Highway and
10th Street West.
Another main shopping area in Lancaster is on Valley Central Way, just off California State Highway 14 at exits for either Avenue I
or J, about 30 minutes from base housing.
Palmdale’s primary shopping area is anchored by the Antelope Valley Mall, on Rancho Vista Boulevard, just off California State Highway 14 at the exit for 10th Street, about 40 minutes from base housing. The mall is home to more than 120 retailers and eateries. More big-name shopping is just south of the mall along 10th Street West.
Also popular are the outlet stores in Barstow, one hour west of the base off California State Highway 58, and in Ontario, about 1 1/2 hours south of the base near the intersections of interstates 10 and 15.
Large mall complexes in the Los Angeles area are one to two hours away via California State Highway 14.