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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 £91 per night from 26 Oct to 27 Oct

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! (874 reviews)

"Everything was great. Considering the climate the staff was A"…"

Reviewed on 19 Oct 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 £148 per night from 8 Nov to 9 Nov

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! (1,731 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 19 Oct 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 £104 per night from 26 Oct to 27 Oct

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! (949 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 12 Oct 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.

Top Holiday 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 £148 per night from 8 Nov to 9 Nov

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! (1,731 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 19 Oct 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 £139 per night from 26 Oct to 27 Oct

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! (1,906 reviews)

"The Desert Villas 2 never disappoints. The rooms are clean and spacious and the property is gorgeous! We had a great weekend getaway here and definitely will be staying here again."…"

Reviewed on 19 Oct 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 £133 per night from 9 Nov to 10 Nov

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! (1,567 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 15 Oct 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.

Popular places to visit in Palm Desert

McCallum Theatre
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McCallum Theatre

You can make plans for a show at McCallum Theatre on your trip to Palm Desert. Experience the acclaimed theatre scene or attend a sporting event in this family-friendly area.

The Gardens on El Paseo
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The Gardens on El Paseo

You can enjoy retail therapy at The Gardens on El Paseo during your trip to Palm Desert. Experience the great live music or attend a sporting event in this family-friendly area.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

5/5(25 reviews)

Glide over cliffs, wildlife and several vegetation zones as this glass-enclosed ride carries you up dramatic mountainsides.

Palm Springs Convention Center
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Palm Springs Convention Center

4/5(2 reviews)

Find out what's happening in Palm Springs Convention Center during your trip – a top convention centre in Palm Springs. Discover the area's spas or seek out its golf courses.

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
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Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

5/5(6 reviews)

Between meeting animals from across the world and exploring nature trails through the Sonoran Desert, expect an exotic experience in southern California. 

Indian Canyon
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Indian Canyon

5/5(7 reviews)

Hike in the footsteps of the Agua Caliente band of Cahuilla Indians on ancient walking trails through cool, palm-dotted canyons and timeless rock formations. 

Top things to do in Palm Desert

Joshua Tree National Park Van Tour
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Joshua Tree National Park Van Tour

£130
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
San Andreas Fault Jeep/SUV Tour
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San Andreas Fault Jeep/SUV Tour

£130
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Joshua Tree National Park Jeep Tour
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Joshua Tree National Park Jeep Tour

£130
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Earthquake Canyon Bicycle Tour
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Earthquake Canyon Bicycle Tour

£88
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour
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San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour

£107
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Modern Piaggio MP3 Luxury Scooter Rentals
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Modern Piaggio MP3 Luxury Scooter Rentals

£133
Per adult

Reviews of Palm Desert

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 Oct 2019

Like the shopping facilities and, Saturday and Sunday college of the desert market

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Jul 2019

The Marriott resort provided what we needed for a relaxing part of our vacation, making the most of the lovely weather. However, we found a local supermarket and the River for our daily basics (enhancing the Market and pool refreshments on site).

5/5 - Excellent

Christine

23 Mar 2019

We return year after year to wonderful Palm Desert and surrounding areas.

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