Guide to Palm Desert, CA
You’ll always find something to do in Palm Desert. This central Coachella Valley city buzzes with something for everyone, from street fairs and shopping malls to art galleries and Broadway-caliber performances, all waiting to create your perfect vacation.
Those who love to shop ‘til they drop will enjoy the myriad shopping choices in Palm Desert. The El Paseo shopping district offers high-end boutiques and designer labels, while nearby Westfield Palm Desert holds the title for the desert’s largest indoor shopping mall. For a casual outdoor shopping experience, you won’t want to miss the College of the Desert Street Fair, where hundreds of vendors sell everything from handcrafted jewelry to fresh produce every Saturday and Sunday morning.
Dining options are equally plentiful in Palm Desert, and you’ll find something to please your palette no matter what you’re in the mood for. From celebrity-headed restaurants like Wolfgang Puck’s Pizza Café to the intimate, homemade Italian specialties at Castelli’s, and creative California cuisine at CorkTree, to French-inspired bistros like Café des Beaux-Art, Palm Desert’s extensive dining scene offers options as fancy or casual as you please.
If you’re bringing the family to Palm Desert, you won’t want to miss The Living Desert, a zoo and botanical garden featuring desert animals from around the world. The kids can spend a morning watching a mountain lion get its physical exam, hand-feeding the giraffes or meeting some of the zoo’s cute and cuddly residents during a daily animal show. (Read more about the Living Desert)
If you’re more in the mood for culture, Palm Springs Art Museum’s (PSAM) Palm Desert location and the McCallum Theatre never disappoint. PSAM in Palm Desert offers contemporary art exhibits and a spectacular outdoor sculpture garden, while the McCallum is renowned for its high-caliber programming where music, theater, dance and comedy are well-represented.
Palm Desert also offers plenty of ways to enjoy the desert’s beautiful outdoors. Golfers love Palm Desert for its challenging championship courses, while hikers can’t get enough of the scenic Bump and Grind Trail and its incredible desert views. When it’s time to cool off, you can always hit the Olympic-sized pool or waterslides at the Palm Desert Aquatic Center.
No matter what you’re looking for, there’s no doubt you’ll find it in Palm Desert.