Visitor's Guide to Palm Desert, CA
An oasis of recreation and relaxation in the heart of the Coachella Valley, Palm Desert is your destination for excitement or for sitting back and enjoying a quiet moment under our clear, blue, sun-drenched skies.
From five-star resorts to budget-friendly hotels, world-class golf to incredible art and entertainment, it’s all here in Palm Desert.
With more than 150 delicious Palm Desert restaurants, you’ll find plenty of places to savor a variety of taste tempting cuisines. Many restaurants feature relaxing patios, perfect for a leisurely day spent dining al fresco.
Start your shopping adventure on El Paseo – Palm Desert’s world famous mile-long shopping district. Known as the "Rodeo Drive of the Desert," El Paseo’s mix of more than 300 quaint shops, inspiring galleries, and high end boutiques offers all the retail therapy a savvy shopper could ask for. Looking for more? Explore the valley’s only regional mall, Westfield Palm Desert, as well as our seasonal Certified Farmers Market where you will find fresh grown produce from local farms along with other seasonal and artisanal products.
Whether your passion is exercise and outdoor fun or you’re just looking to relax and unwind, there’s plenty to do in Palm Desert every day of the year: rejuvenating spas, refreshing pools, challenging tennis, as well as myriad scenic hiking and biking trails.
Golfers looking to perfect their swing, or just getting a handle on their short game, will find nowhere better for golf than Palm Desert and its more than two-dozen courses. Be sure to swing by award-winning Desert Willow Golf Resort. Named one of Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play,” the resort’s two courses feature environmentally sensitive design, as well as stunning vistas of the Coachella Valley and surrounding mountains.
Home to the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert and the McCallum Theatre, Palm Desert is the region’s arts and cultural center. The Museum offers thought provoking contemporary art exhibits and a spectacular outdoor sculpture garden, while the McCallum Theatre is renowned for its high-caliber performances featuring live music, theater, dance and comedy. Must-see annual cultural events such as Fashion Week El Paseo and Food and Wine Palm Desert as well as seasonal offerings such as First Weekend Palm Desert, held November through May each year, will entice you to explore your fashionable, epicurean and artistic sides.
Whether it’s your first trip or you're nearly a native, there is always something new to discover in Palm Desert.