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.

Where to stay in Palm Desert

Holiday Inn Express And Suites Palm Desert Millennium, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express And Suites Palm Desert Millennium, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
74777 TECHNOLOGY DRIVE, Palm Desert, CA, 92211
The price is CA $199 per night from Jan. 29 to Jan. 30
CA $199
per night
Jan. 29 - Jan. 30
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Palm Desert. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Popular attractions Classic Club and Desert Willow Golf ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (357 reviews)
Holiday Inn Express Palm Desert, oh yeah!
"This is a great hotel at a great price. Close to where I needed to be."

Reviewed on Jan. 20, 2023

Holiday Inn Express And Suites Palm Desert Millennium, an IHG Hotel
Marriott's Shadow Ridge
Marriott's Shadow Ridge
3.5 out of 5
9003 Shadow Ridge Road, Palm Desert, CA, 92211
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $332 per night from Jan. 30 to Jan. 31
CA $332
per night
Jan. 30 - Jan. 31
Stay at this 3.5-star golf condo in Palm Desert. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,995 reviews)
"Everything is great except for limited dinning options at the resort. Most of the restaurants are closed due to pandemic which is a bit inconvenient. Other than that, excellent place to stay."

Reviewed on Jan. 14, 2023

Marriott's Shadow Ridge
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, 92260
The price is CA $547 per night from Feb. 5 to Feb. 6
CA $547
per night
Feb. 5 - Feb. 6
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Palm Desert. Enjoy free WiFi, 5 outdoor pools, and a golf course. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,022 reviews)
Relaxing
"A great stay. The resort was wonderful and will plan to stay again."

Reviewed on Jan. 23, 2023

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
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 Desert Springs Villas II
Marriott's Desert Springs Villas II
3.5 out of 5
1091 Pinehurst Ln, Palm Desert, CA, 92260
Stay at this 3.5-star golf condo in Palm Desert. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 7 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the bar and the comfy beds in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (2,307 reviews)
"Great property with each suite having all the amenities, a full kitchen, washer dryer, comfortable king bed, huge bathroom, a nice sitting area with a dining table and a patio overlooking the golf course."

Reviewed on Jan. 23, 2023

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, 92211
Stay at this 3.5-star golf condo in Palm Desert. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,995 reviews)
"Everything is great except for limited dinning options at the resort. Most of the restaurants are closed due to pandemic which is a bit inconvenient. Other than that, excellent place to stay."

Reviewed on Jan. 14, 2023

Marriott's Shadow Ridge
The Westin Desert Willow Villas, Palm Desert
The Westin Desert Willow Villas, Palm Desert
4 out of 5
75 Willow Ridge, Palm Desert, CA, 92260
Stay at this 4-star golf condo in Palm Desert. Enjoy free WiFi, 4 outdoor pools, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the pool and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,344 reviews)
"The only thing is that the AC/heater didn't work properly. We would set the thermostat at 72 and the temp. range would go up much warmer and then the AC would turn on and be freezing. We would wake up in the middle of the night being too hot or too cold. We eventually just turned it off. I'm sure ..."

Reviewed on Jan. 23, 2023

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.

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