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Palm Desert

Travel Guide
Desert Holocaust Memorial showing a monument, a memorial and a statue or sculpture

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.

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 $122 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Situated in Palm Desert, this golf hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Desert Willow Golf Resort and within 6 mi (10 km) of The Gardens on El Paseo and The River at ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,132 reviews)
"Very nice hotel with nice big rooms. The grounds were kept up nicely and the pool area was nice. There was an Applebees in the same parking lot which was nice. Grocery store was about 3 miles away. If you are just looking to get away for a weekend, I highly suggest this property. Staff was super ..."

Reviewed on Jul. 27, 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Palm Desert
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
4.5 out of 5
74-855 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert, CA
The price is CA $296 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Situated on a lake, this luxury resort is within 6 mi (10 km) of San Jacinto Mountains, El Paseo Shopping District, and Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Indian ...
4.3/5Excellent! (961 reviews)
"I like it."

Reviewed on Jul. 30, 2021

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
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 $168 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
This family-friendly Palm Desert condo resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Desert Willow Golf Resort and Hovley Soccer Park. San Jacinto Mountains is 2.7 mi (4.4 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,950 reviews)
"I liked that the Westin Desert Willows had multiple swimming pools. Two of them had thrilling water slides and there was a quiet pool that was very relaxing."

Reviewed on Jul. 30, 2021

The Westin Desert Willow Villas, 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.
Marriott's Shadow Ridge II- The Enclaves
Marriott's Shadow Ridge II- The Enclaves
3.5 out of 5
9003 Shadow Ridge Road, Palm Desert, CA
The price is CA $158 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Located in Palm Desert, this family-friendly condo resort is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Agua Caliente Casino, and within 6 mi (10 km) of San Jacinto Mountains and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (950 reviews)
"The resort provided us a wonderful getaway for the family. The 2 bedroom villa we booked was very nice, clean, and complete with what we needed. The kitchen was equipped. We even had a washer and dryer inside our villa. The resort has 4 pools, multiple snackbars, tennis court, basketball court, golf ..."

Reviewed on Jul. 30, 2021

Marriott's Shadow Ridge II- The Enclaves
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 $168 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
This family-friendly Palm Desert condo resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Desert Willow Golf Resort and Hovley Soccer Park. San Jacinto Mountains is 2.7 mi (4.4 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,950 reviews)
"I liked that the Westin Desert Willows had multiple swimming pools. Two of them had thrilling water slides and there was a quiet pool that was very relaxing."

Reviewed on Jul. 30, 2021

The Westin Desert Willow Villas, Palm Desert
Marriott's Shadow Ridge
Marriott's Shadow Ridge
3.5 out of 5
9003 Shadow Ridge Road, Palm Desert, CA
The price is CA $168 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Located in Palm Desert, this family-friendly condo resort is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Agua Caliente Casino, and within 6 mi (10 km) of San Jacinto Mountains and ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,697 reviews)
"This place was nice and clean"

Reviewed on Aug. 1, 2021

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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