Guide to La Quinta, CA
Surrounded by the rocky red peaks of the Santa Rosa Mountains, La Quinta feels like an oasis all of its own. Just 25 miles east of Palm Springs, the Gem of the Desert is a family-friendly town that offers something for everyone. Gorgeous hikes, championship golf, boutique shopping and creative dining experiences are just a taste of what awaits you in the laid-back city of La Quinta.
La Quinta is well known on the golf circuit as the host city for the Humana Challenge, official PGA TOUR event, an annual professional and celebrity golf tournament formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic. Even if you’re not a pro, you’ll enjoy the challenging Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye designs as you tee off against the majestic Santa Rosas.
Speaking of the Santa Rosa Mountains, you can best enjoy these stunning peaks by hiking into La Quinta’s desert landscape. Several trails at the top of the La Quinta Cove offer a natural escape, whether you’re looking for a leisurely walk or an all-day trek. You can even hike to Lake Cahuilla, a 710-acre park and campsite with a sparkling lake that’s perfect for a day of fishing, picnics and summer swimming in the public pool.
You’ll find plenty of green spaces throughout La Quinta, offering barbecue pits, dog parks, tennis courts and even skate parks, all beckoning you to come outside and soak up the desert sun. Civic Center Campus is a local favorite for its water features, winding walking paths and spectacular public art, including a 9/11 memorial featuring a beam from the World Trade Center. In March, the park becomes a cultural wonderland as hundreds of contemporary artists showcase their works during the annual La Quinta Arts Festival, ranked the #1 Fine Art Show in the Nation by Art Fair SourceBook.
A trip to La Quinta isn’t complete without a stroll through Old Town La Quinta, a charming Spanish-style plaza filled with boutiques, wine bars and restaurants. When it comes time to dine, you’ll find La Quinta offers a balance of fine and casual dining experiences. From Mediterranean plates to quintessential California cuisine, La Quinta offers innovative dining concepts to please every palette.
So what are you waiting for? Come explore the Gem of the Desert for yourself.
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