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Lancaster is a quiet city, separated from the bright lights of LA by the peaks of the Los Angeles National Forest. That makes it a relaxing destination for anyone wanting to see the county without the potential stress of staying in central LA. The poppy-lined fields of Antelope Valley add to the appeal of this SoCal city.

As with many destinations in LA County, renting a car is an essential part of a trip here. Grab a deal on the car of your choice through Orbitz, then start exploring the Mojave Desert, the nearby cities, and the family-friendly attractions of the region.

Lancaster and beyond: Los Angeles County by car

Lancaster is situated on the northern edges of Los Angeles County. Use your rental car to explore the rest of the county, starting with these three destinations.

Santa Clarita

The city of Santa Clarita is mostly famous for two things. Firstly, it’s the home of the California Institute of the Arts, a famous school where many Disney and Pixar animators were trained. Secondly, it’s the home of Six Flags Magic Mountain, which packs in a dizzying number of high-speed, high-thrills rides. It even has an adjacent water park for those hot California summer days.

Journey time: Around 50 minutes

Distance: Approximately 45 miles

Los Angeles National Forest

Drive your rental car for a short distance south of Lancaster and you’ll reach the edges of Los Angeles National Forest, a largely untouched region of wilderness that forms a backdrop to the City of Angels. Hiking trails wind up mountain slopes, beneath the shade of oaks, sycamores, manzanitas and more. Watch the skies for condors swooping over the canopies of Magic Mountain Wilderness.

Journey time: Around 35 minutes

Distance: Approximately 25 miles

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is simply one of the most chaotic, exhilarating, populous and attraction-packed cities in the US. Here, you can hop between movie studios, world-class museums and celebrity-studded beaches all within the same day. LA’s flavor varies among its neighborhoods. Hit Venice for bohemian beach vibes, Downtown for museums, and Hollywood for the magic of cinema.

Journey time: Around 1 hour 10 minutes

Distance: Approximately 70 miles