Palm Desert

Palm Desert is a city in the desert of California between Palm Springs and Indio. It lies in the Coachella Valley at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains.

27 things to do

All Places United States California



Shadow Mountain Resort and Club

Shadow Mountain Resort & Club opened in the late 1940s and is within walking distance from El Paseo. The club offers a figure-8 swimming pool; a large whirlpool spa; men’s & ladies saunas and fitness studio; and sixteen tennis courts (including six lighted courts, and three clay), home to the highly acclaimed Desert Tennis Academy. Other amenities include game and bicycle rentals at the registration lobby and a variety of meeting spaces. Dining choices include the Top of the Courts Café and Corner Bar & Grill. Neighboring Shadow Mountain Resort & Club is the 18-hole Shadow Mountain Golf Club.

SLEEP   —  45-750 San Luis Rey

Embassy Suites Palm Desert Hotel & Resort

All hotel suites are two rooms, with a bedroom and separate seating area that includes a sleeper sofa. Hotel amenities include six lighted hard-court tennis courts, an outdoor pool, a fitness center, complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast, complimentary Evening Reception (21 and over only), and the Sonoma Grill restaurant.



Hampton Inn & Suites

Clean, comfortable, spacious accommodations at a reasonable price. All rooms and suites include complimentary hot breakfast, high speed internet access, use of pool, spa, fitness center, and business center.


Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

For close-up encounters with spectacular desert plants and animals. People of all ages will have fun. Be advised that during the summer, due to extremely hot temperatures, the preserve closes at 1:30.



The River

At Bob Hope Drive and Highway 111 in the neighboring city of Rancho Mirage. The center has great shopping with restaurants, shopping, movies, and more. There actually is a river there, too!.

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Picanha Churrascaria

The Brazilian food is great and they bring the meat out to you and then you decide if you want it or not rather than ordering the meat first. Great salad bar for vegetarians too.



Courtyard Palm Desert

Near plenty of golf course and tennis courts. Beautiful views! Complimentary WiFi in rooms and lobby. The Bistro offers breakfast, dinner, cocktails and Starbucks coffee.


Homewood Suites by Hilton

An all-suite hotel with fully-equipped kitchens. Complimentary hot breakfast daily, dinner with beverages M-Th, high-speed Internet, and grocery shopping service.

SLEEP   —  +1 760 568-1600 —  36999 Cook St


Residence Inn Palm Desert

Extended Stay with full size kitchens. Free WiFi and complimentary daily breakfast buffet.

SLEEP   —  +1 760 776-0050 —  38305 Cook St

Palm Desert Civic Center

Nice park with occasional musical performances, basketball courts, and a nice atmosphere.


Native Foods

Vegan restaurant, reasonable prices. The tempeh/vegetable/pesto pizza is very good.


Balloon Flights

There are a number of different balloon ride companies in Palm Desert.

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The Gardens

A very nice shopping area on El Paseo. There are lots of good stores.

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Mamma Gina's Restaurant

A more expensive restaurant with great chop salad.


Tony Roma's

Great place to go for an inexpensive rib dinner.


Westfield Shoppingtown

Nice mall right in the heart of Palm Desert.


Pacifica Seafood Restaurant

Seafood. Located at The Gardens on El Paseo

EAT   —  +1 760 674-8666 —  Map

McCallum Theatre

Has great shows going on all the time.


Armando's Dakota Bar & Grill

Great Mexican food with good fajitas.



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