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.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Palm Desert
Embassy Suites by Hilton Palm Desert
3.5 out of 5
74700 Highway 111, Palm Desert, CA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $139 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Located in the heart of Palm Desert, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of San Jacinto Mountains and El Paseo Shopping District. McCallum Theatre and Living ...
3.5/5 Good! (983 reviews)
"The property was located in an area close to restaurants and markets. It was clean and well kept. The reception hour and breakfast buffet was a nice amenity!! Will visit again!!"

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2021

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
The price is $254 per night from Jan 7 to Jan 7
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 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (976 reviews)
"Family friendly resort. Food was good. Pools were nice, it was crowded but expected over a holiday weekend. We got the executive suite and it was spacious, clean. Only bad part is that the shower door didn’t open all the way, we had to lift it up to open. Hotel should have fixed that prior to families ..."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 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
This family-friendly Palm Desert condo resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Desert Willow Golf Resort, San Jacinto Mountains, and El Paseo Shopping District. Civic ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,056 reviews)
"Love the king sized beds and linked condos for our extended tall family."

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2021

The Westin Desert Willow Villas, Palm Desert
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Marriott's Shadow Ridge
Marriott's Shadow Ridge
3.5 out of 5
9003 Shadow Ridge Road, Palm Desert, CA
The price is $169 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
This family-friendly Palm Desert condo resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Sunnylands Center and Gardens and Agua Caliente Casino. El Paseo Shopping District and ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,769 reviews)
"It was a nice hotel."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

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
This family-friendly Palm Desert condo resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Desert Willow Golf Resort, San Jacinto Mountains, and El Paseo Shopping District. Civic ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,056 reviews)
"Love the king sized beds and linked condos for our extended tall family."

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2021

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 $179 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 14
This family-friendly Palm Desert condo resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Desert Willow Golf Resort, Civic Center Park, and Freedom Park. Living Desert Zoo and ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (2,110 reviews)
"Lovely property. Will definitely return."

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2021

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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