Palm Desert, CA

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Desert Holocaust Memorial which includes a memorial, a statue or sculpture and a monument
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

Residence Inn By Marriott Palm Desert
Residence Inn By Marriott Palm Desert
3 out of 5
38305 Cook St, Palm Desert, CA, 92211
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $127 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
$127
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
Stay at this 3-star golf hotel in Palm Desert. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,007 reviews)
"The front desk staff is what gives you this outstanding rating. Her customer service to every guest she meets is outstanding. She is caring, friendly, and such a dynamic personality"

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

Residence Inn 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, 92260
The price is $254 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 22
$254
per night
Dec 21 - Dec 22
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! (1,001 reviews)
"Everything is awesome!!"

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2022

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
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 $142 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 21
$142
per night
Dec 20 - Dec 21
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! (315 reviews)
"Room was clean and cozy!"

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2022

Holiday Inn Express And Suites Palm Desert Millennium, an IHG Hotel
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
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! (1,965 reviews)
"Very pleasant stay. Staff were friendly and welcoming. The pools and grounds were immaculate. We will stay again!"

Reviewed on Nov 23, 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
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 our ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,312 reviews)
"Room wasn’t ready by 4pm"

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2022

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, 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 helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (2,292 reviews)
"The resort is beautiful. We can walk to JW Marriott to enjoy Golf course and restaurants."

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2022

Marriott's Desert Springs Villas II
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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