Jason's 29 Palms Taxi - Weekend Getaways
Discounted Flat Rates to LA, Palm Springs, Las Vegas, Lake Havasu, Big Bear, etc.
ATTENTION: 29 Palms Marines
If you recently arrived at the Twentynine Palms Marine Base, you probably already figured out that 29 Palms and the surrounding Morongo Basin aren't exactly the most happening places on the planet. Unless desert photography, hiking, or rock climbing are really your thing, you'll probably find yourself getting bored before too long. That's the bad news.
The good news? Twentynine Palms' proximity to some of the most exciting cities, resort towns, and theme parks in the world! Pretty much anything you can think of is no more than a few hours away: beaches, lakes, mountains, amusement parks, casinos, skiing, not to mention world-class nightlife, restaurants, and shopping. And Jason's 29 Palms Taxi/Cloud 29 Cab Company offers discounted flat rates to take you there!
What Do You Want to Do?
See a show or fight, go bar hopping, pub crawling, nightclubbing, karaoke, gambling, shopping, street fairs, people watching, roller coasters, miniature golf, go-karts, bowling, laser tag, skiing, snowboarding, sledding, swimming, water slides, boating, jetskiing, kayaking, wakeboarding, waterskiing, paddleboarding, parasailing, mountain biking, off-roading, horseback riding, golf, tennis, trail hiking, rock climbing, ziplining--these are just some of the things you can do at the popular destinations listed below.
29 Palms Marine Corps Base Getaways - Popular Destinations
(Click the links or scroll down the page for an overview of what each destination has to offer--more links coming soon!)
- Las Vegas, NV
- Laughlin, NV
- Lake Havasu, AZ
- Parker, AZ
- Six Flags Magic Mountain, CA
- Knott's Berry Farm, CA
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Jason's 29 Palms Taxi is now Cloud 29 Cab Company. We'll pick you up in a top-of-the-line minivan featuring comfortable leather seating for up to six passengers, multi-zone climate control, satellite radio (your choice of 150+ channels of music, comedy, sports and talk), premium sound system, iPod and gaming hookups, movie service (on 2+ hour rides, e.g., Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego, Lake Havasu, Laughlin) and more! Available for day trips and weekend getaways any time, day or night. Advance reservations are welcome but not required.
Discounted Flat Rates
At Cloud 29 Cab Company, we've got the lowest metered rates in 29 Palms, but when you book your getaway with us, you won't pay our everyday low meter rates. All destinations beyond 40 miles are eligible for a discounted flat rate and Cloud 29 Cab Company has the lowest flat rates around. Did we mention that up to six passengers can ride for the price of one? Even 3-4 hour rides become quite affordable when you share the cost with a group of friends. Credit and debit cards are accepted and separate billing is available, making it easy to split the fare. So what are you waiting for? Reserve your ride and get ready to have a blast!
29 Palms Marine Base to Popular Vacation Destinations
$20-$65 per person!*
* Assumes six-passenger occupancy (Please note that all fares are charged per ride, not per person. You will receive
a discounted flat rate for your ride so the more people there are in your group--up to 6--the less each individual pays!)
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Twentynine Palms Marine Base - Weekend Getaways
Palm Springs is the most popular getaway for US Marines stationed at the Twentynine Palms Combat Center (MCAGCC) and the bars, pubs, clubs, restaurants, and shops lining world-famous Palm Canyon Drive are the primary draw. But that's not all Palm Springs has to offer. What else is there to do? Glad you asked!
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is the world's largest rotating aerial tramcar and one of the Palm Springs area's major attractions. The ten-minute ride will transport you thousands of feet from the floor of the Coachella Valley to just below the peak of Mount San Jacinto with breathtaking views of valley cities, canyons and cliffs along the way. Once at the top, there's sledding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing during the winter months (bring your own equipment or rent from the Adventure Center) as well as hiking and camping year-round. You'll also have a choice of two restaurants at 8,500 feet with spectacular views of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley.
If you're in Palm Springs during the spring or summer, it can definitely get hot. Cool off at Knott's Soak City Water Park (open March-September) where you'll find a variety of water slides and raft rides, a wave pool, lazy river, water curtains and more.
Another option for daytime fun is Boomers! Palm Springs, which offers go-karts, bumper boats, miniature golf, rock climbing, and a large arcade featuring state-of-the-art gaming and an opportunity to win prizes.
Speaking of games and winning, if you're hanging out on Palm Canyon Drive and feeling lucky, you may want to stroll over to the nearby Spa Resort Casino (see Casino Runs for detailed descriptions of the Spa Resort and all other Palm Springs area casinos) where you can eat, drink and, of course, gamble 24/7.
Finally, if you ever have a chance to head to Palm Springs on a Thursday night, you have GOT to check out the Palm Springs Street Fair, a.k.a. VillageFest (pictured above). This popular weekly event features live music, artists, artisans, entertainers, a farmer's market, dozens of international food choices and vendors selling jewelry, crafts, and much more. It's a ton of fun and Jason's 29 Palms Taxi is currently offering a special promotional rate on the round-trip!
Palm Springs isn't the only city in the Coachella Valley worth checking out. Indeed, if you've got some serious shopping to do and want to catch a movie afterwards, Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage are the places to go.
Westfield Palm Desert is the Coachella Valley's largest indoor mall and features two dozen eateries (both food court and restaurants), a movie theater, and over 140 shops, including Macy’s, JCPenney, Sears, American Eagle Outfitters, Hollister Co., Express, Gap, Forever 21, Hot Topic, Victoria’s Secret, M.A.C. Cosmetics, Bath & Body Works, Sunglass Hut, Barnes & Noble, and many other top retailers.
Do you love fashion? Then you'll definitely want to head straight to El Paseo, Palm Desert’s premier shopping district. A mile long and featuring over 300 shops plus dozens of restaurants, art galleries, and hair/beauty salons, El Paseo is known as the "Rodeo Drive of the Desert." But don't worry, it's not all Gucci, Tiffany and Louis Vuitton; there are plenty of moderately priced retailers here! The Gardens on El Paseo is the district's big outdoor mall. Here you'll find Saks Fifth Avenue, Anthropologie, Juicy Couture, Lucky Jeans, True Religion Jeans, bebe, Ann Taylor, LOFT, J. Crew, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Kate Spade, Coach, Sephora, Bare Escentuals, Apple, and many more. The Shops on El Paseo is a smaller, upscale shopping area featuring Ralph Lauren, Escada, Gucci, Burberry, Stuart Weitzman, etc.
Desert Crossing is an outdoor mall featuring many big-box stores and discount retailers as well as nine restaurants. Stores include Best Buy, Target, Sports Authority, Ulta Beauty, Sally Beauty Supply, The Vitamin Shoppe, Bed Bath & Beyond, Pier 1 Imports, Petco, Old Navy, T.J. Maxx, Marshall’s, Styles for Less, DSW Shoes and Famous Footwear, among others.
Desert Gateway is another one of Palm Desert's outdoor shopping centers with an emphasis on big-box retailers. Here you'll find Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Kohl’s, PetsMart, Ashley Furniture, Payless Shoes and several others as well as a number of eateries.
Rancho Mirage's top destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment is The River, a beautifully landscaped park-like outdoor mall (pictured above) with a river walk, movie theaters, an outdoor amphitheater for concerts, a dozen eateries, and a small selection of shops including Forever 21, Blonde, M.A.C. Cosmetics, and Bath & Body Works. This is a great place for dinner (waterfront patio seating available) and a movie.
Back in Palm Desert, the College of the Desert's campus is transformed into a popular street fair on weekends. The COD Street Fair is open from 7 AM to 2 PM every Saturday and Sunday (Note: June through September, it closes at noon) and features live entertainment, a farmer's market, over two dozen food booths (everything from cotton candy and bratwurst to smoothies and ethnic foods) and close to 300 vendors selling pretty much everything under the sun (apparel, jewelry, handbags, art, cosmetics, hair extensions, gadgets, home decor, toys, pet supplies, gifts, crafts, and much more)!
Also worth a visit when you're in the area: The Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage (in fact, you may want to stay here; the rooms are VERY nice--check out Casino Runs for a detailed description of this resort casino).
Cabazon has only three major attractions but they're good ones. People routinely drive all the way out here from LA to shop at Cabazon's designer outlet malls and to gamble and party at the Morongo Resort Casino. The two malls and the casino resort are conveniently located right next to each other so you'll have no need for transportation once you get there.
If you love designer clothes and accessories but not the price tags, you'll certainly want to visit the Desert Hills Premium Outlets in Cabazon. Boasting 130 stores, Desert Hills is home to one of the largest collections of luxury outlets in the state. Here you'll find top designers such as Armani, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein, DKNY, Prada, Michael Kors, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, Tommy Hilfiger, Jimmy Choo, Kate Spade, and many, many more as well as trendy labels like AllSaints, 7 For All Mankind, BCBG, Diesel, Lucky Jeans, True Religion, Juicy Couture, Joe's Jeans, etc. and more mainstream outlets such as Gap, Eddie Bauer, Banana Republic, J. Crew, Levi's, Nike, Converse, and on and on--all at 25% to 65% off retail prices.
If you're up for more bargains, head next door to the Cabazon Outlets, a smaller outlet mall with an emphasis on sportswear. Here you'll find outlet stores such as Adidas, Reebok, PUMA, GoLite, Rip Curl, Columbia Sportswear, Under Armour, Oakley, Sunglass Hut, and more at savings of 30% to 70%.
Once you're done shopping, Casino Morongo awaits you. This Vegas-style destination resort features a nearly 150,000 square-foot casino, deluxe accomodations, ten different dining options, several bars and lounges, a popular nightclub, full-service spa, state-of-the-art bowling alley with dance club lighting, and a pool oasis with white sandy beaches, cabanas, lazy river and water slide. For a detailed description of everything this resort has to offer, take a look at the Casino Runs page.
Big Bear's main claim to fame are its two popular ski resorts--Snow Summit and Bear Mountain--but with everything there is to do on and around Big Bear Lake, this mountain resort town is worth a visit year-round. Snow Summit and Bear Mountain offer skiers and snowboarders a combined total of 438 skiable acres, 26 lifts and over 55 runs (several over a mile long) for all proficiency levels from absolute beginner to expert. Each resort has its own distinct flavor.
Snow Summit is Southern California's premier ski destination with 240 skiable acres, 14 lifts, a family-friendly traditional alpine resort atmosphere, ski and snowboarding lessons and clinics for all ages and skill levels, and 31 runs ranging from beginner (10%) and low intermediate (25%) to intermediate (40%) and advanced (25%). Fun Zones offering small jumps, bumps and rollers are great for beginners, while Ego Trip and world-famous Westridge Park offer intermediate and advanced jumps and jibs. Night skiing is available on Fridays and Saturdays through early March.
Bear Mountain offers 198 skiable acres, 12 lifts, lessons for all ages and skill levels, and highly varied terrain (15% beginner, 15% low intermediate, 40% intermediate, 30% advanced) featuring Southern California's largest beginner area AND SoCal's highest, steepest and most challenging lift-served peak, which makes for a uniquely progressive and innovative learning environment. This is a youth-focused resort with an awesome vibe, and while Bear offers something for everyone, it's an absolute haven for snowboarders and freestyle skiers. Bear Mountain's People's Park features more jumps and jibs than any other Southern Cali resort with over 165 beginner to advanced jibs (including an enormous variety of rails, boxes and walls), over 100 snow features of all shapes and sizes, and 4 pipes (including Southern California’s only Superpipe). The latest innovations are on display at the base-area park known as "The Scene" which is a great place to meet new people, enjoy a drink at the Beach Bar and relax on the 13,000 square-foot sundeck.
Not sure which resort is right for you? Try them both! The free inter-resort express shuttle makes the ten-minute journey between Snow Summit and Bear Mountain every half hour, and lift tickets are good at both resorts. Speaking of which, to prevent overcrowding, Big Bear resorts limit sales of lift tickets, so if you're going on a peak weekend (January 12, 2013 through March 10, 2013), reservations are a good idea.
When the weather warms up, Big Bear Lake becomes the main attraction. Several marinas, fishing, jetskiing, kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, waterskiing, wakeboarding, parasailing, jet boat rides, pirate ship rides, swimming, golfing, mountain biking--these are some of the things Big Bear has to offer from spring to mid-fall. Available year-round: horseback riding, tennis, hiking, off-roading, arcades, laser tag, bowling, and ziplining. Big Bear nightlife consists of about fifteen bars and saloons as well as a brewery and a dance club.
When it comes to accommodations, you have many options: Full-service hotels and motels, resort cabins and lodges, condos, bed and breakfasts, private home vacation rentals, and there's even a hostel (private rooms are available). If you're going in a group, cabins, condos and the like are a great deal, but packages that include lift tickets often charge you more than you'd pay if you bought the tickets separately, especially if you're 21 or under (young adult discount) and/or need lift tickets for both Saturday and Sunday (peak weekend special). Note that in order to get a military discount on Big Bear lift tickets, you need to purchase your tickets in advance from the marine base's ITT office.
The City of Angels is without a doubt one of the coolest places on earth but the thing about LA is that it isn't really one city--it's 88 cities! Everything is so spread out and there's so much to do and see that if you've only got two or three days, your best bet is to spend most of your time in just one or two cities. Which ones? The best places to stay are Hollywood/West Hollywood or Santa Monica. And having lived in both cities for many years, I'm just the guy to give you the low-down. Let's start with Hollywood.
Thanks to the extensive revitalization efforts that began about a decade ago, Hollywood and in particular Hollywood Boulevard are once again a destination (West Hollywood always was). The once-seedy boulevard and the area surrounding it are now home to great shopping, restaurants for every taste and budget, cute cafés, swanky bars (though a few popular dive bars--e.g., The Frolic Room and Power House--remain), and trendy nightclubs. And of course there's plenty of sightseeing on Hollywood Blvd: The Chinese Theater (and, further to the east, the Egyptian Theater), Hollywood Walk of Fame, Madame Tussaud's wax museum (bring a camera to have your picture taken with your favorite celebrities), Hollywood Wax Museum (cheaper than Tussaud's but lacking the almost eerily lifelike quality of the Tussaud wax figures), El Capitan Theatre, and the Hollywood Museum (movie memorabilia).
Right next to the Chinese Theater there is now a massive shopping and entertainment complex known as the Hollywood & Highland Center. Here you'll find popular shops such as American Eagle Outfitters, BCBG, Lucky Jeans, Victoria's Secret, Sephora, M.A.C. Cosmetics, Louis Vuitton, Skechers, etc. and an abundance of eateries (including a Hard Rock Cafe and the first-ever Rolling Stone restaurant and lounge), as well as the Loews Hollywood Hotel, the trendy Lucky Strike Lanes bowling alley, and the Level 3 nightclub. The H&H Center also houses the Kodak Theatre, now the permanent home of the Academy Awards as well as Cirque du Soliel's spectacular Hollywood-themed show (year-round except obviously during Oscar's week).
While you could easily spend your entire getaway in Hollywood, for first-rate shopping, dining, people-watching and celebrity-spotting, West Hollywood is not to be missed. From Hollywood Boulevard, head down Highland until you reach Melrose Avenue (about 1.4 miles or a 5-minute cab ride), then turn right onto one of the most famous shopping and dining destinations in the world. Melrose between Highland and Fairfax is an eclectic mix of cutting-edge and alternative fashion, western wear, vintage clothing stores, zany gifts and memorabilia, tattoo shops, funky murals, and trendy eateries. This is a great place to spend a Saturday afternoon. Once you pass Fairfax, Melrose becomes more upscale. The area between Fairfax and La Cienega is known as Melrose Heights and is home to chic restaurants and designer boutiques such as celebrity-favorite Fred Segal, the Kardashian sisters' D-A-S-H, international fashion houses like Alexander McQueen, Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood, and Vera Wang, as well as more moderately-priced labels like Diesel and Joe's Jeans. If you've reached La Cienega and are up for more shopping, head one block south to the intersection of Beverly and La Cienega where the humongous Beverly Center awaits you. This trendy indoor mall is a longtime favorite of Angelenos of both the famous and non-famous varieties.
When the sun goes down, LA's legendary nightlife beckons. Dance clubs come and go all the time in LA, and Hollywood has more of them than anywhere else. You've literally got dozens of choices; check out LA Nightlife for the skinny on Hollywood nightclubs. If live music is what you're after, you'll want to head over to West Hollywood's world-famous Sunset Strip where clubs like The Troubadour, The Viper Room, House of Blues, The Roxy, Whisky a Go Go, and Key Club await you. Need a laugh? WeHo is also home to the world's most famous comedy clubs such as The Comedy Store and Laugh Factory on Sunset and the Improv on Melrose.
Another fun place to spend an evening is Universal CityWalk (from Hollywood Blvd, take the red line metro to Universal City, then hop on the free shuttle--departing every 15 minutes until 8 PM--to the CityWalk and Universal Studios). Not only is Universal CityWalk one of the best places in LA to see a movie (the massive AMC Cinema Stadium houses 19 state-of-the-art theaters--including a 7-story IMAX®--with plush stadium-style rocker seats that offer extended leg room), but it's got great shops, restaurants and nightspots such as the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club, the Vegas-style Infusion Lounge nightclub, rock n' roll bowling and video games at Jillian's Hi Life Lanes, the Saddle Ranch Chop House where you can eat, dance and ride mechanical bulls, and much more. You can even go indoor skydiving at iFLY Hollywood!
If you want to combine the excitement of LA with a trip to the beach, I suggest staying in Santa Monica, which will also give you a chance to experience Venice Beach or Malibu. Not that there isn't plenty to do in Santa Monica!
Santa Monica's beach is long and wide, not to mention clean and beautiful, but it does get rather crowded when the weather warms up. Even when it's too cold for swimming and sunbathing, there are always people playing beach volleyball, running, cycling and strolling down the boardwalk. Of course one of Santa Monica's most famous destinations is the pier at the end of iconic Route 66 and that's definitely a year-round attraction.
Santa Monica Pier is both a historic landmark and a modern entertainment center. Restaurants, shops, an amusement park, live music, artists, clowns, fortune tellers, games, trapeze school, fishing, a small aquarium, big crowds, great people-watching, and breathtaking sunsets--these are some of the things the pier has to offer. Santa Monica Pier's Pacific Park is an old-fashioned amusement park with a dozen rides (including an oceanfront roller coaster and the world's only solar-powered Ferris wheel), plus carnival games, attractions like the Bungee Beach Bounce and the Pacific Peak Climbing Wall, and a variety of food options including traditional theme park fare. If you're in the mood to try something completely different, sign up for a flying trapeze class and find out what it's like to fly high above the pier!
For world-class shopping, dining, and entertainment, head to downtown Santa Monica which is conveniently located right by the beach and best explored on foot (grab your walking map here). Not to be missed is the wildly popular Third Street Promenade and the new Santa Monica Place mall. The Promenade is a three-block stretch of 3rd Street that is sealed off from traffic and lined with trendy shops, restaurants, bars, sidewalk cafés, and movie theaters. Unfortunately most of the Promenade's independent boutiques and eateries have been replaced by chains in recent years (the same thing is also happening on WeHo's Melrose, though to a lesser extent), but it's still a lot of fun. On weekends, people flock here from all over LA and countless musicians, artists, and other street performers (dancers, magicians, clowns, etc.) entertain the crowds. And while many lament the demise of the Promenade's one-of-a-kind shops (such stores still exist on other Santa Monica streets), the large collection of retailers assembled on Third Street is top-notch; virtually every trendy clothing chain is represented (Abercrombie & Fitch, American Apparel, American Eagle Outfitters, Anthropologie, Armani Exchange, H&M, Diesel, Lucky, Express, Guess, Gap, Urban Outfitters, etc., etc.), plus cosmetics (Sephora, M.A.C., Fresh, LUSH, etc.), books and electronics (Barnes & Noble, Apple, etc.), and much more.
Located on the Promenade's southern end, Santa Monica Place used to be a fairly standard indoor mall but underwent a complete transformation and reopened in 2010 as an upscale open-air shopping and dining center that instantly became a big hit with celebrities residing in Santa Monica and nearby Malibu and Pacific Palisades. The top floor dining deck overlooks the Santa Monica Pier and houses ten restaurants offering something for every taste and budget with an emphasis on healthy, organic fare (though if you have a hankering for an all-American burger, fries and milkshake, Johnny Rockets has got you covered). The dining deck also features a large gourmet food court and a collection of local artisan food and gift shops known as The Market. Anchored by Nordstrom and a custom-designed Bloomingdale’s, the rest of the mall consists of a collection of A-list shops (Emporio Armani, Louis Vuitton, Coach, Tiffany, Barney's CO-OP, Michael Kors, Hugo Boss, etc.), premium denim boutiques (7 For All Mankind, Joe's Jeans, G-Star, True Religion), young and hip designer labels (AllSaints Spitalfields, Free People, Juicy Couture, kitson, Kenneth Cole, Tory Burch, etc.), as well as more budget-conscious options (Love Culture, Foreign Exchange, Hot Topic, Angl, etc.).
In addition to the buzzing downtown area (which, by the way, also includes the large Westside store of WeHo fashion emporium and celebrity magnet Fred Segal), Santa Monica has two other shopping and dining districts worth a visit. Main Street is located just south of downtown Santa Monica and one block from the beach. In addition to offering an eclectic mix of shops with very few chain stores, Main is home to dozens of restaurants, cafés, clubs, bars and taverns. In other words, this is a great place to experience Santa Monica nightlife and go bar hopping. Santa Monica nightlife, by the way, is more of a bar scene than a club scene, though there are a few cool dance clubs as long as you're not expecting Hollywood-style mega clubs. Santa Monica clubs tend to be small and intimate and the people tend to be friendly and fun. If you're into hip hop (especially old school), be sure to check out Zanzibar (on 5th Street, two blocks from the Promenade) which has great music, a great vibe, and a great crowd that's diverse, energetic and unpretentious.
Santa Monica's third shopping and dining district is Montana Avenue, located 5-6 blocks north of the downtown area. This ten-block shopping area is the least touristy of the three; this is where locals, including many celebrities, shop for everything from groceries to high fashion, get their hair and nails done, take yoga or pilates classes, and do coffee, lunch or dinner at one of the area's many restaurants and cafés. Shops are upscale but there are some moderately priced options as well (fans of designer denim should definitely check out the Blues Jean Bar which offers over 20 top brands and expert advice on cuts and styles from the "jeantender"), not too mention some awesome bakeries and ice cream shops!
Staying in Santa Monica also makes it real easy to visit the surrounding beach towns: world-famous Venice Beach to the south and Pacific Palisades and Malibu to the north. While you can walk to Venice by simply heading down Main Street, the best way to explore Santa Monica's neighboring communities is the scenic bike path ride by the beach. Sea Mist Rentals (on Ocean Front Walk, behind the pier) will rent you a beach cruiser with a basket (optional) for $6-7 an hour or just $18 for the whole day (bike locks are available for a fully refundable $20 deposit; note that they don't take credit cards and will keep your ID until you return the bike). You can ride to wild and wacky Venice in under 10 minutes and check out the canals, murals, Muscle Beach, 16,000 square-foot beachfront skatepark, shops (lots of funky boutiques, vintage clothing stores, smoke shops, skate and surf shops, and tattoo parlors), and of course the famous boardwalk--one of LA's premier people-watching spots--where you'll find a wide array of eateries and entertainers from artists and musicians to mimes, jugglers, and fortune tellers as well as sidewalk sellers of homemade art, crafts and jewelry.
If you're in Santa Monica during the summer and are looking for LA's best beach for a day of sunning, swimming and surfing, head north to Malibu's Zuma Beach where miles of white sand await you. The beach is pristine, the water is clean, the surf is great, and it's considerably less crowded than Santa Monica or Venice Beach, plus there are great trails and you may even see dolphins or seals.
Many more Getaways coming soon! Check back regularly!