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Palm DesertUnited States of America

A lush oasis in the middle of the parched Coachella Valley, this city makes a great base to explore an incredible area of the world.

Come to Palm Desert to get away from your hectic life. Drive a jeep across a lunar-like landscape, visit unusual animals in the zoo or relax indulgently at the spa.

Spend days in the glorious sunshine enjoying one of the many outdoor activities. Bring the whole family along for a day at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. The unusual collection of animals includes hedgehogs, leopards and coyotes. Feed a giraffe, visit the butterfly house or take an exciting night safari around the park.

Hike up the Bump and Grind Trail to get a view over the city or take panoramic photos on a hot air balloon at dawn. Ride a horse into the sunset on a tour along the Hopalong Cassidy Trail or play a round at Desert Willow Golf Resort.

Soar like a bird on a biplane flight taking you over the spectacular Santa Rosa Mountains and San Jacinto Mountain range.

Take a four-wheel drive tour to the legendary San Andreas Fault. Twisting rock formations make up this unique geological landmark. Greenery surrounds a desert spring. Learn about the history of the Native American Cahuilla tribe, who once lived off the plants and animals of this dry region.

Back in town enjoy shopping at the El Paseo Shopping District and head to the markets at the outdoor College of the Desert Street Fair. The Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert features exciting collections and an interesting sculpture garden. In Civic Center Park, find the Desert Holocaust Memorial. Bring your children to this moving site but be sure to explain that this is not an area for play.

If your kids need to burn some energy then spend a day at the Palm Desert Aquatic Center. This fun water park has slides, a swimming pool and a splash park for young children. The kids will also enjoy a visit to the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert, which has fun interactive displays. Watch them find their way out of a rope maze, learn how to tie a sailing knot and get involved with the nuts and bolts of building.

Palm Desert is a lush green city in a striking desert location.

Top Hotels in Palm Desert

Courtyard by Marriott Palm Desert
Courtyard by Marriott Palm Desert
3 out of 5
74895 Frank Sinatra Dr, Palm Desert, CA
The price is CA $137 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 29

Situated in Palm Desert, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of The Gardens on El Paseo, River and Agua Caliente Casino. Living Desert Zoo and Gardens and Indian ...

4.3/5Excellent! (878 reviews)

"This hotel is close by to restaurants and other things to do."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 23, 2020

Courtyard by Marriott Palm Desert
The Westin Desert Willow Villas, Palm Desert
The Westin Desert Willow Villas, Palm Desert
4 out of 5
75 Willow Ridge, Palm Desert, CA
The price is CA $222 per night from Nov 11 to Nov 12

This family-friendly Palm Desert condominium resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Desert Willow Golf Resort and Hovley Soccer Park. San Jacinto Mountains is 2.7 mi ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,738 reviews)

"Beautiful, scenery and all. Whirlpool bath was to die for i mis it already!"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 19, 2020

The Westin Desert Willow Villas, Palm Desert
Residence Inn By Marriott Palm Desert
Residence Inn By Marriott Palm Desert
3 out of 5
38305 Cook St, Palm Desert, CA
The price is CA $157 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 29

Situated in Palm Desert, this golf hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Freedom Park, and within 6 mi (10 km) of The Gardens on El Paseo and Agua Caliente Casino. Living ...

4.3/5Excellent! (953 reviews)

"it has bigger room with fridge and microwave. I didn't like no extra bath tissue ?"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 12, 2020

Residence Inn By Marriott Palm Desert
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Palm Desert

The Westin Desert Willow Villas, Palm Desert
The Westin Desert Willow Villas, Palm Desert
4 out of 5
75 Willow Ridge, Palm Desert, CA
The price is CA $222 per night from Nov 11 to Nov 12

This family-friendly Palm Desert condominium resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Desert Willow Golf Resort and Hovley Soccer Park. San Jacinto Mountains is 2.7 mi ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,738 reviews)

"Beautiful, scenery and all. Whirlpool bath was to die for i mis it already!"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 19, 2020

The Westin Desert Willow Villas, Palm Desert
Marriott's Desert Springs Villas II
Marriott's Desert Springs Villas II
3.5 out of 5
1091 Pinehurst Ln, Palm Desert, CA
The price is CA $210 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 29

This family-friendly Palm Desert condominium resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hovley Soccer Park and Desert Willow Golf Resort. Civic Center Park and Freedom ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,910 reviews)

"Clean. Quiet. Staff very helpful. We liked that very few people at the pool at a time."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 23, 2020

Marriott's Desert Springs Villas II
Marriott's Shadow Ridge
Marriott's Shadow Ridge
3.5 out of 5
9003 Shadow Ridge Road, Palm Desert, CA
The price is CA $200 per night from Nov 11 to Nov 12

Located in Palm Desert, this family-friendly condominium resort is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Agua Caliente Casino, and within 6 mi (10 km) of San Jacinto Mountains ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,569 reviews)

"Property is beautiful and well kept I can’t wait to come back and play a round of golf"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 15, 2020

Marriott's Shadow Ridge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Palm Desert

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 25, 2020

Very good walks and hikes in the area.

5/5 - Excellent

TK

Dec 25, 2019

Palm Desert is easy to get around in. Upscale. Feels safe.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Dec 19, 2019

Attended the excellent Palm Springs Regional Duplicate Bridge Tourney.

5/5 - Excellent

LLOEWEN

Oct 9, 2019

Such a great relaxing place to vacation!

4/5 - Good

Ernie

Jul 27, 2019

Very HOT in Summer. Will likely return in fall/winter months

5/5 - Excellent

Christopher

Mar 24, 2019

As a first time visitor the Indian canyons were very nice. Easy to drive around the cities and plenty of food options!

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