While visiting Palmdale in California, whether on business or for pleasure, make sure to take a day or two to explore the neighboring sites. From water parks, air force bases and natural parks, there are many things to do and see around town. Depending on which of the many Palmdale hotels to be chosen from, there are many resources and libraries of information one can take advantage of to find out what types of sights there are in the area.

When not resting in the well-appointed suites, or conducting business at Palmdale hotels, sample a few of these attractions to get a better feel of what this great city has to offer.

Hiking at Devil's Punchbowl

Visit this Los Angeles County park to take in the views of a deep canyon cut by the runoff of large amounts of water from the higher San Gabriel Mountains over an extended amount of time. Mountain peaks are more than 8,000 feet in elevation and covers 40 acres. Spend a few hours hiking down steep paths and exploring the flora and fauna that inhabit the area.

Escape to DryTown Water Park

To escape the desert heat, the DryTown Water Park provides fun for the whole family. Let the kids, or own inner child, explore and run amok on a hot day. Don't forget to test ones nerves on the water park's special rides, including the Devil's Punch Bowl, the twisting and turning Rattler's Revenge and The Wildcatter, take a lazy ride down the Big Rock River, or take a break in the arcade.

Golfing at the Rancho Vista Course

The 18-hole golf course, designed by architect Ted Robinson, is open to the public and offers different levels for a challenging and enjoyable round of golf. Private instruction is also available from a certified staff, along with a pro shop, clubhouse and restaurant. Host a golf tournament with family and friends.

Visit The Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base

The Air Force Flight Center is the center of excellence for research, development and test and evaluation for aerospace systems for the United States. The center aims to influence the design of weapon systems to make sure they meet the requirements for operational war fighting, combat support and training. The center also operates the United States Air Force Test Pilot School and the Edwards Flight Test Range takes up 20,000 square miles of airspace.

Experience the Sights of Joe Davies Heritage Airpark

At the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark, visitors can view a collection of aircrafts flown, designed, tested and produced at the United States Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale. Currently there are 14 retired military aircrafts on display and a 1/8 scale model of the B-2 Spirit and an AGM-28 Hound Dog Missile. This family friendly aircraft institution shows off the abundance in aerospace history and heritage in the area.

Local Flavor at The Palmdale Playhouse

The playhouse is open to the public and offers painting, drawing, singing, dancing, acting, learning and writing. Visit the website to see what shows or concerts are taking place during the stay at Palmdale hotels.