Palm Springs and the Desert Resorts: Places to Explore


  • Borrego Springs

    The permanent population of Borrego Springs, set squarely in the middle of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, hovers around 2,500. Long a quiet town, it's emerging as a laid-back destination for...

  • The Desert Resorts

  • Indian Wells

    For the most part a quiet residential community, Indian Wells is the site of golf and tennis tournaments throughout the year, including the BNP Paribus Open tennis tournament. The city has three...

  • Indio

    Indio is the home of the date shake, which is exactly what it sounds like: an extremely thick milk shake made with dates. The city and surrounding countryside generate 95% of the dates grown and...

  • La Quinta

    The desert became a Hollywood hideout in the 1920s, when La Quinta Hotel (now La Quinta Resort and Club) opened, introducing the Coachella Valley's first golf course. Old Town La Quinta is a...

  • Palm Desert

    Palm Desert is a thriving retail and business community with popular restaurants, private and public golf courses, and premium shopping. Its stellar sight to see is the Living Desert complex.

  • Salton Sea

    The Salton Sea, one of the largest inland seas on Earth, is the product of both natural and artificial forces. The sea occupies the Salton Basin, a remnant of prehistoric Lake Cahuilla. Over the...

  • Twentynine Palms

    The main gateway town to Joshua Tree National Park, Twentynine Palms is also the location of the U.S. Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Center. You can find services, supplies, and limited...

  • Yucca Valley

    One of the high desert's fastest-growing cities, Yucca Valley is emerging as a bedroom community for people who work as far away as Ontario, 85 miles to the west. In this sprawling suburb you can...


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