Palm Desert Travel Guide

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Palm Desert Things to Do

  • El Paseo Art Gallery

    There are also a few statues in the El Paseo Shopping District. Most are either fountains or decorative mountain goats. There are also a large number of art galleries/shops along the shopping district. Join the Art Walk the 1st Thursday of the month 5 PM to 9 PM October through May.

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  • Living Desert Zoo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Having seen wildlife happy and active in their native habitats many times, I'm less interested in visiting zoos these days. Moreover, I lived in San Diego for eight years and visited the world's largest zoo and wildlife parks several times. Even so, I know that a lot of older folks such as my parents, and families with children probably will never...

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  • Living Desert Botanical Gardens

    Much of the effort of The Living Desert is to impress upon visitors the value of desert habitat. Along the walk that visits the zoo, there are a number of garden spots with desert botanicals, some of these are irrigated as the Coachella Valley is drier than some other deserts in North America, at least, but many are also excellent native specimens....

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Palm Desert Restaurants

  • Steaks Seafood and Martinis (shaken not...

    Sullivan's is a nice place, full of energy, to get a steak dish or some seafood. They also serve martinis (shaken not stirred like James Bond likes). Decor is fairly fancy and the service is good. A bit pricey. Too fancy and formal looking for me. Sauteed Sea Scallops.

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  • Great Seafood

    Pacifica is my choice for seafood in Pam Desert. It has a nice balcony to sit on and watch the people on El Paseo and has a bit less formal an atmosphere than Sullivan's. Food and service is very good. They also have 142 Vodkas from 22 countries at their "Vodka Bar". Lake Superior Whitefish prepared with sauteed spinach, mixed mushrooms, toasted...

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  • First Class Dinner

    Set in a contemporary building Omri and Boni provides a comfortable setting, excellent service and great food. O & B offers creatively sauced food particularly very fresh fish and grilled meats (which you can see being prepared in their open kitchen. It was the best restaurant that we ate at in the Palm Desert area. It's worth the price. Make...

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Palm Desert Nightlife

  • Nice Place to Get a Drink

    Tommy Bahama's also serves food (and I heard it is quite good) but I just stopped here to get a drink and check the place out. They have a nice balcony and the wicker furniture, palm trees and ceiling fans make you think of the Caribbean. Good, friendly service. I enjoyed the Old Havana (a rum drink). Casual is the order of the day.

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  • Resort Hotel Nightlife

    Loud, dark, average size dance floor. Good drinks: alcoholic and non alcoholic.Well staffed. Fun atmosphere and lighting. No Jeans, No Sneakers.Dress Up is my suggestion, but that's just me.

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  • El Paseo is steppin up

    El Paseo is steppin up!!! Its about time El Paseo made a place fun for 21+ (but the younger side of 21+ can enjoy). Augusta's wednesday night is hot. . .with dance floor, inside/outside bar, and little fire pits throughout the back area. They make drinks worth you money. club attire.

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Palm Desert Transportation

  • El Paseo Courtesy Carts

    The City of Palm Desert operates the El Paseo Courtesy Carts. The shuttle runs along El Paseo and is free of charge. They kept stopping to ask if I needed a ride, which was nice. Seems they were keeping a eye out for any one strolling up and down the drive.FROM LOS ANGELES * Take I-10, East bound * Exit Monterey, heading South * Cross over Hwy 111,...

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  • Scenic routes from Hemet/San Jacinto and...

    Driving either east or west over the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa mountains is very scenic in terms of dramatic geological formations and desert flora. From Palm Desert's El Paseo, drive west up into the mountains on Hwy 74, past Hwy 371, until it will eventually take you into Hemet and San Jacinto. If you turn left at hwy 371, you'll drive through...

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  • El Paseo Drive Courtesy Shuttle

    Along El Paseo is a courtesy shuttle which will pick up folks for free and drop them off along the drive. Most young people will easily walk from one end of El Paseo to another, but for senior citizens or families the shuttle may come in handy.

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Palm Desert Shopping

  • Rodeo Drive of Palm Desert

    El Paseo is not just one shop, it is a full street of very high end stores. Just off of Hwy 111, El Paseo curves an arc with limited on street parking but pretty good parking lots behind the stores. Anything you might imaging can probably be found but mostly there are clothing, accessories, jewlery and art. Expect the prices to be high.

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  • El Paseo Shopping District

    The El Paseo Shopping District has a wide variety of shops, art galleries, beauty centers, plastic surgery places, and other places to spend your money. Most of them are aimed at those with money; and names like Tiffany's, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Place Vendome abound. Clothing, Jewelry, Spa, Beauty Items, etc Lots; this is not Walmart.

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  • Rodeo Drive of the Desert

    Over 300 world-class shops, clothing boutiques, art galleries, jewelers, restaurants and much, more...all lined along a beautifully maintained picture-postcard floral and statue-filled mile! Known as the Rodeo Drive of the Desert, El Paseo boasts a wide spectrum of stores from Sak's 5th Avenue to individually owned boutiques.

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Palm Desert Local Customs

  • Watch out for golf carts!

    While driving around the desert area, keep your eyes open for golf carts roaming outside the courses, often on the sidewalk. Perhaps more prevalent at night, you may spot one coming toward oncoming traffic possibly on the street or sidewalk.The website below describes a test program which was run. I am not sure of the results but know that whether...

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  • Desert Landscape Basics

    The desert vocabulary may be unfamiliar to some. An "arroyo" is a normally dry place that can become a flashflood hazard. If you are hiking along an place the looks like a dry riverbed, and it starts to rain, consider hiking to higher ground. The desert around Palm Desert is unique in its flora. In early spring, there are some very beautiful...

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  • Palm Desert Visitors Center

    Near the corner of Hwy 111 and El Paseo is a new visitors center. You can buy all the Palm Desert souvenirs you want here, but hospitality information can be very useful here. For instance, while there I overheard instructions for a desert hike that included a stop at an oasis. The center address is 72-567 Highway 111, Palm Desert. Hours are 9-5...

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Palm Desert Warnings and Dangers

  • rattle snakes

    Thanks God that they warn the visitors who take the aerial tramway ride about the rattle snakes on the top of the mountain ...mind your step ...

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  • Palm Desert

    Before coming just make sure there is still "Room" on your credit card, and/or you have a stack of Travelers checks. This is a very expensive place.....

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  • Because the desert is the...

    Because the desert is the Florida of the west coast, be prepared to encounter a lot of 'retirees.' These blue hairs driving their white Cadilacs (the offical car of the desert) can often reek havoc on the road......so drive with caution!!!!!

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Palm Desert Tourist Traps

  • El Paseo. The main shopping...

    El Paseo. The main shopping district in the area, El Paseo houses some of the finer shops around. It's like a miny Rodeo Drive so be prepared to open your wallet. Try to avoid this at all cost since you have numerous other things to do, why waste your time shopping in the heat. Sit at the pool, play some golf or tennis, get drunk in a closet,...

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  • The stores along the El Paseo...

    The stores along the El Paseo shopping area are the desert equivalent to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, so be prepared for your money to disappear very quickly. A better place to shop is the Desert Hills Outlet center on I-10 about 20-25 miles west of Palm Desert.

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Palm Desert What to Pack

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    by rainfairy Written Mar 27, 2003

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: cotton, cotton, cotton! linen is also well adjusted to that heat the desert provides. light colored, lightweight skin covering clothes are the norm. they do get storms once in a while, so an umbrella couldn't hurt.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Water, SUNSCREEN, 'sports drink', WATER, ALOE VERA, water, aspirin.......

    Miscellaneous: If you must park outside on a hot day: crack your windows to let your car 'breathe'. Use a sunshade in the front dash (and put one in the back window if you have an extra!). A white towel over the steering wheel could be helpful, as is a cloth or something to protect your hand when trying to open the car door on a really hot day (carry a cold drink to the car as extra insurance).

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Palm Desert Off The Beaten Path

  • Oasis Date Gardens

    This is a small buiding in Thermal that is on a date farm. The back part of the building is used for packaging and shipping dates. The front of the building is the retail shop that sells about a dozen varietes of dates, loose by the pound or packaged in 1/2 to 15 pound containers. They have a film that explains where dates come from ,when they came...

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  • what are you made of?

    But this is NO regular jeep adventure! This is a super-adventure, adding an element of competition and challenge to make this a great teambuilding event without a lot of physical activity! From the moment guests board their jeeps, they will be challenged with questions about the desert and their company. Games involve teams competing by taking the...

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  • Organized Outdoor Adventures...

    wind through an intricate maze of steep walled canyons and ravines, testifying vividly to the power of the SAN ANDREAS FAULT and the geological evolution of millions of years. Bring lots and lots of water, sunscreen by the barrell and a BIG straw hat or umbrella. Tip for everyone: go on an adventure as early as possible, try and avoid the heat and...

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Palm Desert Sports & Outdoors

  • Every where you turn there's a golf...

    Golf...what is there about the facination of wacking the daylights out of a poor defensless little white (mostly) ball, only to get into a motor driven cart to chase it down and wack it again until you finally deposit it in a 4 inch hole in the ground?Must do something as people are spending thousands of dollars to perform the act.In Palm Desert...

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  • College of the Desert Golf Course

    There is a nice public golf course/driving range connected to the College of the Desert. The site has a golf course, driving range, golf institute, pro shop, and a golf museum. Bring your clubs or rent some (I don't have any anymore).

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  • Golf

    There are scores of great golf courses in this area. I don't play but I know the one where we were staying (Marriott's Shadow Ridge) was beautiful.

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Palm Desert Favorites

  • Drink Plenty of Water

    Always carry a water bottle with you and keep hydrated. I found when I first moved to the Desert I was getting headaches and it was because I wasn't hydrated enough. Enjoy the desert and drink plenty of water!

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  • play golf. Palm Desert/Palm...

    play golf. Palm Desert/Palm Springs is the west coast version of Florida. Built in the desert about 2 hours outside LA, the area has some of the finest courses in the country....in fact Golf Magazine rated 4 of the courses in the top 100. The weather is hot and dry, and the desert sunsets are spectacular. Playing 36 holes of championship golf with...

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