PALM SPRINGS DESERT RESORTS:
EIGHT CITIES, ONE DESTINATION


Riverside County takes pride in its Palm Springs Desert Resorts, the eight desert resort cities of the Coachella Valley : Cathedral City , Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Indio , La Quinta, Palm Desert , Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage. The Palm Springs Desert Resorts is a premier tourist destination located in one of the world’s most glorious deserts.

Cathedral City. Regarded as “A City Where Living is Better,” Cathedral City is home to the $5.1 million Desert IMAX Theater. Named for its divine mountain terrain, Cathedral City is home to family fun, including the Camelot Park Family Entertainment Center , and Big League Dreams Sports Park which is home to three baseball fields, soccer fields, a roller-hockey rink and more.

Desert Hot Springs.
Known as “The Mineral Water Capital of the World,” Desert Hot Springs is famous for its hot mineral waters which bubble from underground at 90-145 degrees Fahrenheit and flow into the thermal wells of more than 40 hotel spas. Sought by visitors the world over for its soothing, curative effects, Desert Hot Springs also serves as the gateway city to Joshua Tree National Park.

Indian Wells. “The Desert’s Perfect Playground” has been synonymous with top-ranked golf and tennis since former President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s numerous golf vacations drew national attention to the city, and Rod Laver won the desert’s first major tennis event. The birthplace of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Indian Wells now hosts numerous golf and tennis tournaments each year, including the California State Open and the Pacific Life Open. The city is home to the prestigious Desert Town Hall Lectures.

Indio. Could it be that the flavor of Indio comes from the date shake or the annual Tamale Festival in December? The “City of Festivals ” has been home to the National Date Festival for more than 50 years, and locals are proud that 90 percent of the dates in this country are grown and harvested here. Indio is the site of the Sport of Kings with year-round polo matches, the largest hunter/jumper horse show west of the Mississippi, Indian gaming centers, the Southwest Arts Festival, and hot air balloons gliding over date palms so closely that you can almost pick a date.

La Quinta. “The Gem of the Desert” is home to one of the oldest resorts in the Coachella Valley . Surveying the landscape, it’s no wonder Ginger Rogers chose to marry here, and Frank Capra had his very own hotel suite! La Quinta is a pearl the magnitude of a golf ball, with world-class golf courses including the often-televised championship layouts at PGA West. Discover the nationally top-juried La Quinta Arts Festival and the fine dining of intimate restaurants.

Palm Desert. Palm Desert is “Where The Sun Shines A Little Brighter.” It’s a golfer’s fairway to heaven and a shopper’s haven, with a thriving retail and business community including the famous shopping boulevard of El Paseo. With star-studded performances lined up at The McCallum Theatre For The Performing Arts, the beauty and wonder of The Living Desert wildlife park and botanical gardens, as well as many spectacular restaurants to choose from, you’ll marvel at Palm Desert ’s diversity. The nation’s only citywide golf cart parade takes place here each fall.

Palm Springs. World famous as “ America ’s Premier Desert Resort,” Palm Springs is home to many popular desert attractions including the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and Knott’s Soak City USA waterpark. Palm Springs Desert Museum is a showcase of Western and contemporary art, natural science and performing arts in the Annenberg Theater. Palm Springs Air Museum showcases flying aircraft from World War II. The Indian Canyons, owned and operated by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, is North America ’s largest palm oasis. The Nortel Palm Springs International Film Festival attracts stars and cutting-edge films. The city boasts 119 hotels and the impressive Palm Springs Convention Center . Fine dining and shopping and the weekly VillageFest are magnets for international travelers.

Rancho Mirage. Ambassador Walter Annenberg took up residence here, and former President Gerald R. Ford lives and golfs next to the bighorn sheep mascots of the desert who dine on flowers by the pool of a local world-class resort. Excellent restaurants, Eisenhower Medical Center , the annual Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and the Kraft-Nabisco Championship golf tournaments give the city an unparalleled shine and a distinctive sheen. Tennis and golf by day, nightclubs by night, and some of the finest country clubs on the map lend a bright flair to this residential community known as “The Playground of the Presidents.”

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