Things to do in Palm Desert

Top Things to Do in Palm Desert

Things to Do in Palm Desert

Top Attractions in Palm Desert

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  • Lynn N
    Delta, Canada167 contributions
    A challenging workout , but totally worth it! The views were spectacular along the way to the top. Go early in the morning so it won’t be too hot as you hike. Wear appropriate shoes and bring lots of water.
    Written 20 May 2022
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  • Simon W
    York121 contributions
    Excellent shopping with all the top brands, fantastic prices and loads of parking , plenty of shade and easy to get round
    Written 9 June 2022
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  • advcards
    Reno, NV3 218 contributions
    Appears they have the Covid protocols down, easy to get in and out plenty of staff working. All the seats are good and appears they run multiple events each week.
    Written 26 January 2022
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  • Dirk P
    Roseland, NJ5 contributions
    It was recommended to take a trip to Idyllwild, so glad we decided to make the trip. The drive through the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains will be remembered for a long time.
    Written 4 July 2021
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  • advcards
    Reno, NV3 218 contributions
    We think this is the best street fair of all the different ones in the Palm Springs area. This year was definitely smaller than it had been in past years prior to Covid. Overall easy in and out plenty of parking in quite a few vendors along with food trucks. Takes about an hour and a half to go through it at a reasonable pace.
    Written 13 March 2022
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  • MNM1011
    Decatur, IL2 839 contributions
    Great spot to pull off the mountain road and just enjoy the vista of the Coachella Valley. However, the scenery is marred by all the litter that is strewn about. There are plenty of trashcans available, but some folks choose to ignore them. Shameful!
    Written 18 February 2022
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  • Jim F
    Toronto, Canada255 contributions
    While staying in Palm Desert, if I felt I needed some exercise from a hike this was my go to trail. Doing a loop takes about 1.5 hours. There is lots of parking. You get a good view from the top. I have done this hike more than 20 times.
    Written 13 April 2022
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  • Jeff S
    King George, VA76 contributions
    Great place to work off all the great food and drink you find in town. Super hike under a full moon as well
    Written 24 May 2021
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  • lovethesights
    chicago247 contributions
    So my hubby wanted to "see" the fault so we ventured to PD from PS. As were approached we saw a bunch of very tall green palm trees and thought it odd. Come to find out from our docent, there is a huge plate of underground water that feeds these enormous palms that the dinosaurs used to eat so those palms have been around for a very long time. It is a weird experience to walk the trail and be transported to a very wet environment while being in a desert. The trail itself is very walkable and you'll be done in about 30 minutes depending on the trail you choose. There are bathrooms available.
    Written 5 March 2022
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  • dnaleciz
    Moreno Valley, CA404 contributions
    As we pass through Palm Desert, California on our way home for a long road trip. Our guidebook provided information about the Desert Holocaust Memorial. As this was Memorial Day, we elected to pay our respects at this Memorial. The Memorial is a beautiful tribute to those 6 million individuals who lost their lives during the reign of Nazi terrorism in Europe during World War II. A Circular row of trees encompasses the memorial. The trees represent life outside the concentration camps. A bronze plaque provides a brief history of life during this terrible period of history. A brass urn containing the names of thousands of people, who assisted the Jews during the period is congealed within the pedestal. The center of the memorial consists of seven bronze figures of individuals. A standing man, a mother with two children. a child from the ghetto, a praying Jewish Rabbi and man dying alone. Each figure represents a different aspect of life for the victims. Defiant, begging for mercy, praying and finally death. Truly touching and sad. All seven figures are located on a Black Star of David. A map depicting the location of various concentration camps and the number of individuals who died at each camp is engraved on a granite block. The story of the Holocaust is told on eleven large bas relief blocks. The saddest one depicts malnutrition individual standing behind a barbwire fence. This memorial mourns the loss of these innocent individuals and projects hope that this terrible event will never happen again. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to visit numerous Concentration Camps in Europe, and many Holocaust Memorials across America. This Desert Holocaust Memorial in Palm Desert is truly remarkable and is the most touching I have visited. If you do not leave this memorial with tears in your eyes, you wasted your time here. As a Jew, I can only say “Rest in Peace & Never Again”. נוח על משכבך בשלום. לעולם לא עוד.
    Written 4 June 2021
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  • Robby G C
    Toronto, Canada78 235 contributions
    I liked that Civic Center ad City Hall of Cathedral.

    There were a lot of palm trees. It was painted in Beige.

    I liked the palm trees and everyone were nice.

    A must see!
    Written 23 May 2020
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  • Lou O
    Bellevue, WA81 contributions
    Not everything we found online was as helpful as we wanted. Went to the Visitor's Center, their brochures and the staff were super helpful. Answered all of our questions.
    Written 26 January 2022
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  • SueVirginiaBeach_Va
    Palm Desert, CA679 contributions
    Fun , fun for the family. Water slides, diving boards,
    Shallow pools, splash area, deep pools, lap lanes.
    Many tables with shade. Refreshment stand usually open. Many lifeguards
    Written 13 June 2021
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  • ameliacat91302
    Calabasas, CA14 contributions
    This is a lovely place to wander through the paths and appreciate the design elements that integrate well with the desert environment. The terrain of the main garden has been altered to create mini hills and valleys lined with varying sizes of rocks, ranging from boulders to sand. There are real water features, including a fountain and a waterfall, and take note of the blue "water" pattern in the curving concrete pathways. From a distance, I thought it was painted, but it's actually pieces of blue glass embedded in the concrete. Sculptures blend with the garden elements, and invite your own interpretation.
    Written 30 May 2022
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  • John M
    Dallas, TX6 contributions
    Just south of Bump and Grind, this trail is very easy. Completed in a little over an hour with very little elevation change. More animals and vegetation than Bump and Grind. We were there on a Tuesday and had the trail to ourselves, literally. This would be a good hike for beginners or people with children. The visitor center was closed when we were there, so plan accordingly (i.e. restrooms before you arrive). It was warm, so bring water and appropriate clothing.
    Written 24 May 2021
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