Travel 29 Palms
Travel Plans: Twentynine Palms
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Twentynine Palms Marine Base
Visit the official USMC web site for 29 Palms Marine Base at www.29palms.usmc.mil. The two-fold mission of the MAGTFTC is to operate the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center for live fire combined arms training that promotes readiness of operating forces; and provide facilities, services, and support, responsive to the needs of tenant commands, Marines, Sailors and their families.
To Get On the Base
Take 29 Palms Highway to Adobe Road. Follow Adobe Road to the base. You will need to have your Marine's full name and something that identifies you as a family member to get on the base. I don't know what that 'identifier' would be, and they didn't know when I called them either. As you get close to the base, there is an office area off to the right before the guard gate. You will need to go in there and show your id, driver's registration and proof of insurance. On subsequent visits, you will check in at the main gate. When we arrived just at the gate just prior to the homecoming, they were doing routine searches of all vehicles; not a big deal, but give yourself a few extra minutes.
PROOF OF INSURANCE
You must have proof of insurance to get on the base. If you arrive without proof of insurance, call your insurance company and have them fax it to the following number: 1-760-830-6795. (phone number accurate as of May 23, 2003)
Homecoming Reunions: at Victory Field 2004
I do not have driving instructions to Victory Field at this time.
Homecoming Reunions: at the East Gym on Base 2003
To get to the east gym, go in through the main gate and continue to the first light. Turn left at the first light. Go down that road a ways and turn right on 4th Street. The gym in just a little ways down that road. The MCCS provided light refreshments and cold beverages as well as reading material in the gym. It could be a long wait for children, so bring things to entertain them. I'd suggest toting a cooler with beverages and snacks just in case MCCS is not able to provide refreshments. We got there way to early for homecoming, but I loved meeting all the other parents, wives, and families and taking photos and sharing my overabundance of excitement and adrenalin.
POSTERS WITH YOUR MARINE'S PHOTO
I couldn't bring posters with me, so we made them there. There is a little office supply store as you're driving up Adobe Road towards the base (it's on the right, past the McDonalds, a ways before the drive-up Mexican Restaurant on the left if my memory serves me correctly). They enlarged my wallet-size photo to an 11x13 for just a couple dollars. They had all the poster making tools we needed and we didn't have to spend a fortune.
NOTE: Posters and signs are can be hung up to 2 days prior to your Marine's homecoming date. They MUST be removed prior to your departure from 29 Palms.
The City of Twentynine Palms
The City of Twentynine Palms is home to the globally recognized Mural Project, Joshua Tree National Park Headquarters, and the largest and fastest growing United States Marine Corps base (Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center). Visit the web site: www.29palms.ca.
29 Palms Chamber of Commerce: 760-367-3445
Chamber Web Site: www.29chamber.org
Taxi Cabs and/or Shuttle Services
- Tops Taxi: (760) 361-6748
Onbase Accomodations: TLF
The Sleepy Tortoise is the Temporary Lodging Facilities on the base at 29 Palms. They run about $48 a night and have a small kitchenette. Call 760-830-6573 or 6583.
The Holiday Inn Express and the Best Western Inn are 'bookends' to a shopping mall. Tell the folks that you found them on www.MarineParents.com and that you have a family member returning from the Middle East, and you will qualify for the military discount.
Don't forget to ask Hotels if they offer a Military Discount!!
- Circle C
6340 El Rey Ave, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
Toll Free Reservations: 1-800-545-9696
Talk to Mike, recently retired Marine. They have 12 suites. Units include queen bed, sofa sleeper, kitchenette service for 4. Very Nice and great for the older crowd.
- El Rancho Dolores Motel
73352 29 Palms Hwy, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
Toll Free Reservations: 1-877-4-29-PALM (7256)
Downtown. Microwaves, Fridge, Pool, cable, HBO. Some units have kitchenettes. A long established motel in this area, the El Rancho Dolores has played host to travellers and tourists alike from all over the world since 1940.
- Harmony Motel
71161 29 Palms Hwy, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
Talk to Ken, a retired Marine. Harmony Motel is just minutes away from Marine base. It feels like home away from home with affordable rates, very clean, quiet and private. Amenities include pool, spa, free internet, and common area. We have 8 Units, 5 of which have full kitchenettes.
Check out traveler reviews on www.tripadvisor.com.
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites
72535 Twentynine Palms Hwy., Twentynine Palms, CA 92277 (Across from Pizza Hut)
(760) 361-1000 (phone) (760) 361-9999 (fax)
The hotel has 84 rooms, 15 of which are suites, and offers a free, hot breakfast each morning. Amenities include Free Wi-Fi, a Heated Pool and Spa, a 24/7 Fitness Center and a Business Center.
Government Rate and Service Member Rates available.
- Hotel 29 Palms
71809 29 Palms Hwy, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
They offer free breakfast each morning. Amenities include free internet, pool, and fitness center.
- Motel 6
72562 29 Palms Hwy
Toll Free Reservations: 1-800-466-8356
Rooms with microwave/refrigerator units offered. Nominal fee may apply, please inquire. This is one of the newer hotels and it is quite nice actually. I was pleasantly surprised.
- Sunnyvale Garden Suites (The Condos)
73843 Sunnyvale Dr, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
Toll Free Reservations: N/A
On the way to the base, off the beaten path, suites, pool, spa. All suites have standard-size kitchens, private patios and barbecue grills. Junior suites are 500 square feet, one bed. The 1-bedroom suite is 900 square feet; some with sofa sleepers. The 2-bedroom/1 1/2 bath suites are 1200 square feet; some with sofa sleepers.
My photo slide show of Sunnvale Garden Suites
What a beautiful gem in the middle of 29 Palms! I stayed in this complex when my Marine son returned from Iraq. It couldn't have been a better choice! We grilled outside, cooked homemade meals in our unit and invited friends over to spend time with us in the public area with the pool table and barbecue pit. The suite was clean and well-equiped; housekeeping surprised us by coming daily to clean and provide fresh towels. We had a terrific time and the service was outstanding! Thank you Robert!
- Twentynine Palms Inn
73950 Inn Ave, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
Toll Free Reservations: N/A
Friendly collection of adobe bungalows and historic wood frame cabins; Not your usual hotel or motel accommodations.
- Twentynine Palms Resort
- Additional Lodging
Visit the 29 Palms Chamber of Commerce web page for additional lodging: www.29chamber.com