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How far from Grand Canyon south rim to Palmdale?

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How far from Grand Canyon south rim to Palmdale?

is palmdale en route from GC to LA? We have friends there we could visit and stay over with so wondering if it would cut the journey time by a couple of hours.

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1. Re: How far from Grand Canyon south rim to Palmdale?

It is, sort of. By that I mean that the route many people prefer to take to the coast goes near Palmdale - but Palmdale is a bit north out of your way into L.A. No, it will NOT cut hours off your journey to L.A. (especially if by L.A. you mean Hollywood or Santa Monica).

Palmdale is 7 hours from Grand Canyon Village, South Rim (approximately); it is 7 hours 40 minutes to Santa Monica (just as an example) from GCVillage.

It is a little over one hour from Palmdale to Sta Monica - so not much difference.

But, in traffic (going into L.A. between 7 am and 10 am), it will be 2 hours to Sta Monica - so 9 hours total trip.

To me, going the Palmdale Route allows you to continue your canyon trip a bit - as the 14 cuts through some interesting country, some of which you may recognize from Westerns - and more currently, from the many Fox and other TV shows that film out that way (Santa Clarita area). You'll drop onto the 5 above L.A. and avoid the Cajon Pass, which I regard as a very good thing. It isn't a scary Pass - it's just prone to traffic slowdowns.

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2. Re: How far from Grand Canyon south rim to Palmdale?

Seven hours at the minimum. If you are staying in Palmdale, though, it is a quick trip to the Interstate 15 Freeway which hooks up with U.S. 40. The good part is you avoid traffic jams for the most part.

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