Explore relaxing Palm Desert: its desert views, golf, live music, and more!

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.

Known for

Golf, Relaxing and Dancing

Top Hotels in Palm Desert

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
4.5 out of 5
74-855 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert, CA
$186/night
Sep 24 - Sep 25
4.3/5Excellent! (1,708 reviews)

Situated in Palm Desert, this luxury resort is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Desert Willow Golf Resort and within 3 mi (5 km) of Hovley Soccer Park and Freedom Park. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,708 reviews)

"I’m so thankful I can count on the Marriott to have everything taken care of is a very stressful time in my life and I don’t have to worry about anything I love my room I love the little ducks in the morning I’m looking forward to my breakfast I’m so happy with the cleanliness of the bathroom and ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2019

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
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Courtyard by Marriott Palm Desert
3 out of 5
74895 Frank Sinatra Dr, Palm Desert, CA
$80/night
Sep 22 - Sep 23
4.2/5Very Good! (1,295 reviews)

Situated in Palm Desert, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of The Gardens on El Paseo, The River at Rancho Mirage, and Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Indian ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,295 reviews)

"Amazing hotel with great staff. Super comfy bed! Beautiful property."…"

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2019

Courtyard by Marriott Palm Desert
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Marriott's Desert Springs Villas II
3.5 out of 5
1091 Pinehurst Ln, Palm Desert, CA
$135/night
Sep 29 - Sep 30
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,697 reviews)

This family-friendly Palm Desert condo resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hovley Soccer Park and Desert Willow Golf Resort. Freedom Park is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,697 reviews)

"The villa was very roomy including the huge bathroom/counter spaces and kitchen. We loved the balcony with the beautiful view of the golf course. What I did not love was the pull out bed/couch. Extremely uncomfortable, should not be considered a place to sleep."…"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

Marriott's Desert Springs Villas II

Popular things to do in Palm Desert

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

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

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
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Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

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

Palm Springs Air Museum
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Palm Springs Air Museum

Imagine taking to the skies at one of the largest collections of World War II aircraft in the world. 

Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium
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Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium

Learn how one family’s love of desert plants became a Palm Springs horticultural institution.

Indian Canyon
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Indian Canyon

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. 

Palm Springs Art Museum
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Palm Springs Art Museum

The story of the West and famous faces from the past all come alive at this Palm Springs institution.  

Top activities in Palm Desert

Joshua Tree Hummer Adventure
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Joshua Tree Hummer Adventure

$189

Explore the San Andreas Fault and the world's third-largest oasis on a back-road adventure into Joshua Tree National Park. View the unique vegetation and animals in the area where the Sonoran and Mojave deserts meet on this morning adventure.

Earthquake Canyon Bicycle Tour
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Earthquake Canyon Bicycle Tour

$115

Find the ultimate geological adventure in the rugged desert areas around Palm Springs. Take to your bike and conquer the trail that descends through the heart of the San Andreas Fault zone all the way to the lush wine country near Mecca.

Joshua Tree National Park Jeep Tour
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Joshua Tree National Park Jeep Tour

$169

Explore the unique ecology, geology, and geography of Joshua Tree National Park in style with a ride in a luxury jeep. See the majestic rock formations, native wildlife, and stunning scenery of back-country California on this thrilling sightseeing tour.

San Andreas Fault Jeep/SUV Tour
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San Andreas Fault Jeep/SUV Tour

$169

Get ready for an exhilarating tour that takes you through the deserts and diverse landscapes around the greater Palm Springs area. Admire spectacular views as you drive along the colorful San Andreas Fault, where you can find fascinating geology as well as an abundance of native flora and fauna.

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

$169

Stroll past intriguing rock formations and boulder-strewn valleys, get up-close looks at the habitats of fascinating animals, and hear how this spectacular park is about more than just a tree. Spend a day uncovering the ecology and history of Joshua Tree National Park on this fun-filled adventure.

Palm Springs General Admission to The Living Desert
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Palm Springs General Admission to The Living Desert

$25

Visit: The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92260-6156 The Living Desert is a zoo and botanical conservation park. We have over 450 different animals with boasting over 2,000 unique flora and fauna species within our botanical gardens.