Palm Desert is a Magnificent Oasis
Contrary to its name, Palm Desert is an oasis in the California desert, filled with emerald-green golf courses and sparkling waters — both in residents' private pools or the resorts' — that paint a vivid picture of life in this city of more than 50,000 residents. Shopping, dining, exploring, and celebrating are just a few of the ways residents can enjoy this community.
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Shopping, Dining, and Endless Entertainment
There are as many things to do in Palm Desert as the sands in the valley. Golf courses, nightlife, tours by hot air balloon and off-road vehicles, hiking and horseback riding trails, concerts, shopping centers, street fairs, and festivals are just a few popular favorites.
But the list of attractions never ends, and living in Palm Desert gives you the best access to the city's best activities. But that's certainly not all that awaits you. You'll find just a sample of the best things to do in Palm Desert on our interactive area map below.
El Paseo Shopping District
Palm Desert's El Paseo Drive is lined with shops and restaurants, and the El Paseo Shopping District is a treasure. Here you can sample a world of tastes at restaurants like Le Paon Restaurant and Daily Grill, peruse the art galleries, and shop at upscale retailers and boutiques all while strolling down pristine sidewalks and streets lined with tall palms.
El Paseo Drive is where the annual Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade takes place in October, and it's a local favorite full of history and festive floats.
Events with Friends of the Desert Mountains
There is no better opportunity to explore the rocky mountains of Palm Desert than on guided hikes with Friends of the Desert Mountains, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the area's preservation. Guided hikes range in difficulty from easy to strenuous across Art Smith Trail, Randall Henderson Trail, and Hopalong Cassidy Trail, to name a few.
Every year, Friends of the Desert Mountains sponsors the Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival with hikes, exhibits, and fun events for everyone.
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