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Address: Palmdale, CA

A great highway to travel anytime of the year, but it's best in spring.

A great highway to travel anytime of the year, but it's best in spring.

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Scary at times

Needs Street Lights. Not very safe due to high speeds and only having one lane going each direction.

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Palmdale, California
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Palmdale, California
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6 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Needs Street Lights. Not very safe due to high speeds and only having one lane going each direction.

Thank Noah_821
Malibu, California
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1,057 reviews
413 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love the name Pearblossom highway rather than boring ol state route 138. Decided to take some time on it...small towns, tract homes, and sad trashy yards...but you do get beautiful desert vistas! Named after the small town. Pear groves are all but non-existent today. If you like desert scenery-- maybe. I understand it's used as a shortcut and way... More 

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Plano, Texas
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607 reviews
171 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

We used route 138 to cut over from I-15 to I-5 and were pleasently surprised how little traffic was on the road. Yes, the speed limit is lower that on the Interstates but we didn't mind traveling on a "road less traveled". At one point we stopped at a country inn to make sure that were still on 138 seeing... More 

Thank nat1225
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195 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

I've been driving this over the years and the recent upgrade of the road makes this far more enjoyable. Knowing the history of the area is helpful for the traveler to enjoy what they are seeing. I would advise a traveler to get off the highway and view certain specific areas, i.e., Desert Punchbowl, etc.

Thank Michael E
Murrieta, California
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931 reviews
607 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Named after the small burg of Pearblossom. This road is the back way to and from the 5 to the 15, bypassing LA. It is a narrow, undulating road, which makes for very few passing zones. Only take this road if you are not in a hurry, because more than likely you will find yourself behind a truck traveling 20MPH... More 

Thank SoCalOregonian
Victoria, Canada
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8 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

heading to palm springs this road makes for easy access to the I15. WHEN SWITHCHING TO THE i215 THEN TO THE 210 east bound makes for a quick trip

Thank 1931marki
Riverside, California
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706 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 474 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

There aren't many stretches that compare in terms of scenery and vistas, but there were at least 3 times I wouldn't have wanted my kids to be behind the wheel. Even defensive driving isn't good enough when the morons decide they can pass when they shouldn't. I used turnouts liberally to let others be stupid without being close to me.

Thank Kauai-Biz-Traveler
Murrieta, California
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Highway was dark.. Raggy roads scary will never drive at night again ..know lights drove day before just as scary

Thank Donna J
Newbury Park, California
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38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

I have driven this road numerous times , do not drive this road unless A : you don't mind getting behind locals going 35mph under the speed limit B : you like to pass 3 trucks at a time C : like to have cars coming at you in your lane while they are passing 15 cars at a time... More 

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Palmdale, California
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13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Great shortcut when going to Vegas or needing to get on the 15. A good portion of the highway is single lane however there are passing lanes (is there ever enough when theres traffic?!) If heading away from Palmdale are make sure to take holidays and weekend traffic into consideration as it is popular. There are also gas stations and... More 

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