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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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The 138 is not a bad hwy as some may think. Respect the road, no texting or drinking. Obey the signs & flow of traffic. Lots of history and great scenery. I enjoy the 138!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
California Desert, California
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California Desert, California
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36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The 138 is not a bad hwy as some may think. Respect the road, no texting or drinking. Obey the signs & flow of traffic. Lots of history and great scenery. I enjoy the 138!

Thank 1HotNama
Palmdale, California
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love the drive between the antelope valley and where the 138 meets the 15....it's a bit longer then going around into LA via the 14/5 but the lack of traffic makes the drive more enjoyable. history is not kind to the 138. Locally it has the nickname death highway because the long straight stretches make speed and reckless driving an... More 

Thank Bluemidnight0312
Palmdale, California
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

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

1 Thank Noah_821
Malibu, California
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1,073 reviews
420 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 448 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

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 

1 Thank SanMo
Plano, Texas
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607 reviews
171 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 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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205 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 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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964 reviews
620 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 225 helpful votes
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
Reviewed 2 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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2,148 reviews
706 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 490 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 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 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 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

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