Twentynine Palms Travel Guide

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Twentynine Palms Things to Do

  • Twentynine Palms Library

    Twentynine Palms has a nice library where you can research area history, check your e-mail, and catch up with the latest on VT.

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  • Nice Churches

    Since Twentynine Palms is relatively new, there are not that many buildings in town of historical and/or architectural interest. There are, however, two neat churches.

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  • Condor Field

    There is also a special monument to those who trained as Glider Pilots at nearby Condor Field in preparation for combat during World War 2.

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  • POW/MIA Monument

    There is a special monument to those who are held as Prisoners of War and those still missing in action.

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  • Veterans Park

    Twentynine Palms was initially settled mostly by homesteaders, many of whom were veterans of World War 1. Today the town owes much of its existence/prosperity to Joshua Tree National Park and the large Marine Base here. Twentynine Palms acknowledges that with a nice little Veterans Park with several monuments to those who have served in the...

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  • Old School Museum

    There is another neat museum in town; The Old School Museum. The establishment of the school was somewhat controversial and the Superintendent of Schools refused to fund it. In 1927, the Campbell Family donated 5 acres of their homestead for the school and $300 was raised for materials and construction. Today that school is preserved as a museum....

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Twentynine Palms Restaurants

  • Good, Fast, Chinese Food

    This place has Chinese food with a 3 entrée dinner with Chow Mein noodles or fried rice for $7 or Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese food off the menu. It was pretty good, and fast. $9 as of October 2012.

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  • Alaskan Fish Flown In Fresh Overnight

    The most opulent place in Twentynine Palms, the Bistro opened in early 2009. It is also very gay-friendly! Owners Sam and Karen Provost have family connections with Alaskan fisheries, and have the freshest Alaskan seafood, from king salmon to scallops to halibut, flown overnight into Palm Springs, where it is then picked up and brought to the...

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  • Funky Sophistication

    The menu is fantastic! There are nightly fresh fish specials (the supplier is the Santa Monica Seafood Co.), and several chicken dishes that are outstanding. The New York strip is superb, and the chocolate mousse is to die for! The best restaurant in 29!"Idiot's Gulch" is what we locals lovingly call the bar. It's a great place to hang out and meet...

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  • Break out the handi-wipes

    Seeing as how my options were limited because I was looking for something close to my motel AND the fact that it's a small town, I just picked The Rib Company and gave it a shot. They serve pretty good ribs. Besides that you can get pretty much anything else you'd expect in a rib joint like steaks, sandwiches, etc.

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  • A Young, Hip, and Vibrant Crowd

    The Crossroads is extremely popular with rock climbers, environmentalists, musicians, the GLBT crowd, and anyone looking for fun, socializing, and fantastic food. It literally is a crossroads, as many people from all over the world manage to find their way here. The staff is a fun-loving, eclectic group of folks ready to serve you! They have a...

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  • Authentic Mexican

    This is definitely a "greasy spoon," but it's totally worth the trip. The food is great, there's lots of it, and it's CHEAP! Plus, Santana's is open 24 hours, in case you get the midnight munchies. Great place to go after the bars close. The chicken-mushroom quesadilla with an horchata to drink can't be beat. It really hits the spot!

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Twentynine Palms Nightlife

  • Small and Crowded, but Happening

    A favorite with locals and Marines, this is the place to be on Thursday nights. Karaoke is the hot thing here, and you'll hear the good along with the excruciatingly bad. Great place to check out hip-hugging jeans on Marines and construction workers! Again, be careful and use common sense. Come as you are, and let it all hang out!

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  • Gay Friendly and Good Times

    My "home away from home," the 29 Palms Inn is just a cool place to get away from it all. The bar is a small but friendly place, and I guarantee you'll meet all sorts of neat folks, gay and straight, from around the world here. You may even find yourself sitting next to a rock or movie star! I love the martinis, which are made to perfection, and the...

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  • When the Lights Go Down in a California...

    A sports pub hugely popular with Marines, this place has karaoke, occasional live music, and an Internet jukebox. Great place to watch the guys, if you're into that. A word of caution: This is not a gay bar, and some of the folks might get a bit rowdy if they think you're trying to hit up on them, especially if they're intoxicated. Just use common...

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Twentynine Palms Transportation

  • Airports

    Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) is the closest commercial airport with scheduled airline service. It is about fifty miles from Twentynine Palms. Other airports that can be utilized include Ontario International (ONT), Los Angeles International (LAX), and McCarran International (LAS) in Las Vegas. Twentynine Palms Airport (TNP), located six...

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  • Highways

    CA-62 is the major highway linking Twentynine Palms to the rest of the world. The highway connects with I-10 just west of Palm Springs. SR-177 connects I-10 and CA-62 east of Twentynine Palms/Joshua Tree National Park. Amboy Road/Kelbaker Road links I-15, I-40, and Route 66 with Twentynine Palms from the north (Las Vegas, Barstow, and Death...

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Twentynine Palms Local Customs

  • Twentynine Palms and the Military

    Twentynine Palms was established by homesteaders; many of whom were veterans, and is home to a large Marine Corps base so the town's support of the military is obvious in a number of ways. Even Betty Boop gets in on the act.

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  • Another drink from the oasis

    I thought this was an interesting mural (for a few reasons). It was the only one I found that had a politcal and military edge to it. Does that woman look Iraqi to you? (The subject matter of the whole mural is the Iraq War)

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Twentynine Palms Warnings and Dangers

  • Excessive Speeding on CA-62

    The Twentynine Palms Highway, or CA-62, is a long, straight piece of highway that can entice people to speed excessively. There have been many accidents on this highway, a few of them fatal. There are also many bicyclists/motorcyclists on this route. Make sure to look out for the other guy, buckle up, and be courteous to other drivers.

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  • Wayward Folks

    Although Twentynine Palms itself is safe, there are some areas outside the city that travelers should be careful in. These areas include rural Landers and rural Wonder Valley. Homesteads that stand alone in the open desert can be viciously guarded by dogs and/or guns. Also, meth labs can be found in some of these cabins, and someone unlucky enough...

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Twentynine Palms What to Pack

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    Luggage and bags: Your old duffel bag or a new American Tourister -- you decide!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Spring/Summer/Fall -- Shorts, sandals, T-shirts, short-sleeved dress shirts and polos. A light jacket and jeans/slacks would also be appropriate in early spring and late fall.

    Winter -- Jacket, sweaters, sweatshirts, slacks and jeans. Make sure to bring along a good pair of hiking boots/shoes!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen!

    The local grocery stores and Rite-Aid have all of the items you'll need.

    Photo Equipment: We don't have a camera shop in town, so bring everything you want or need. Rite-Aid and Stater Bros. do carry film, and Rite-Aid also processes film, albeit the generic, Wal-Mart way.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Camping supplies can be found at our local grocery and drug stores, but bring tents, lanterns, sleeping bags, etc.

    Miscellaneous: Bring an adventurous spirit!

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    • Camping
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Twentynine Palms Off The Beaten Path

  • Veterans Memorial

    To the east of town, along California Highway 62, is this nice display honoring the nation's veterans. It appeared to be on private property; but you can photograph it from the side of the road.

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  • The Beauty Bubble Hair Salon and Museum

    Where else can you get a modern haircut surrounded by beauty equipment dating back to the late 1800's? Jeff Hafler catered to the Hollywood elite before deciding he had had enough of the city, and moved to the fascinating area of Wonder Valley, located just east of Twentynine Palms. Call Jeff for an appointment and directions. Don't need your hair...

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  • Need More Info About Twentynine Palms?

    The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce is a good source to find out more about shopping, restaurants, hotels and motels, and happenings within the city. Call or visit them on their Website to find out more.

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Twentynine Palms Sports & Outdoors

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    Rock climbing -- you can't beat it!

    Equipment: Nomad Ventures and Joshua Tree Outfitters, both located in Joshua Tree, about fifteen miles west of Twentynine Palms on CA-62, has all the climbing equipment you'll need and more!

    Rock Climbing in JTNP
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Twentynine Palms Favorites

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    by JauntBoy Updated Jun 16, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Believe it or not, gay travel to the Twentynine Palms/Morongo Basin area is steadily increasing. Our location between Palm Springs, Lake Havasu, and Las Vegas brings many GLBT visitors to our area, and it shows. Our thriving GLBT community is growing at a rapid rate. Folks wanting to escape the dreariness of San Francisco's weather, the smoginess of WeHo's air, or the traffic jams in the Coachella Valley come here to visit, and they fall in love with it! Many of them end up buying their permanent or retirement homes in the area, and become members of the community. They are artists, social activists, business owners, doctors, musicians, store and office managers, lawyers, teachers, and geographers. If you think you won't meet anyone exciting and interesting while in the Twentynine Palms/Morongo Basin area during your travels, think again!

    Fondest memory: I miss the natural beauty and mystique of the area, but I also miss the people. They are a homey, down-to-earth lot, and they lack the pretentiousness that is found in the city. Best of all, they care about who you are, not what you are. Some of the best friends I've ever made are here, and I wouldn't trade that for anything.

    Nicky Loves 29 Palms!
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