Palm Desert

Travel Guide
Desert Holocaust Memorial featuring 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

Embassy Suites by Hilton Palm Desert
Embassy Suites by Hilton Palm Desert
3.5 out of 5
74700 Highway 111, Palm Desert, CA, 92260
The price is £117 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Palm Desert. Enjoy free breakfast, WiFi and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant ...
3.5/5 Good! (972 reviews)
"Breakfast😊"

Reviewed on 10 May 2022

Embassy Suites by Hilton 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, 92260
The price is £272 per night from 14 Jun to 15 Jun
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury resort in Palm Desert. Enjoy free WiFi, 5 outdoor pools and a golf course. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (991 reviews)
"The resort had great amenities. Staff was friendly & courteous. The resort was also well maintained and clean."

Reviewed on 13 May 2022

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
Marriott's Shadow Ridge
Marriott's Shadow Ridge
3.5 out of 5
9003 Shadow Ridge Road, Palm Desert, CA, 92211
The price is £139 per night from 23 May to 24 May
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! (1,861 reviews)
"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Shadow Ridge. Conveniently located close to the best restaurant in town, Castlelli‘s, casinos, and downtown Palm Springs."

Reviewed on 20 May 2022

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.
Marriott's Desert Springs Villas II
Marriott's Desert Springs Villas II
3.5 out of 5
1091 Pinehurst Ln, Palm Desert, CA, 92260
The price is £132 per night from 7 Jun to 8 Jun
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 helpful staff in their ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (2,182 reviews)
"Always a great stay!"

Reviewed on 20 May 2022

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
The price is £139 per night from 23 May to 24 May
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! (1,861 reviews)
"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Shadow Ridge. Conveniently located close to the best restaurant in town, Castlelli‘s, casinos, and downtown Palm Springs."

Reviewed on 20 May 2022

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
The price is £162 per night from 7 Jun to 8 Jun
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 helpful staff in their ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,153 reviews)
"Clean, well maintained, staff were excellent"

Reviewed on 20 May 2022

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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