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Palm Desert, CA 92261

Welcome to Palm Desert, the "heart of the Coachella Valley." The sun shines a little brighter here. Palm Desert is nestled against the foothills of the Santa Rosa Mountains and is home to the kind of world class resorts and amenities expected from a premier location. Near-perfect weather, majestic scenery, numerous events and attractions, as well as sensational shopping and dining lure thousands of visitors annually. A growing population, an expanding work force, low land costs and plentiful resources make Palm Desert the place to be.

Few communities can boast such easy access to everything from beaches to mountains. Because of Palm Desert's close proximity to a variety of climates, residents can take advantage of the beach and surfing; the mountains and snow skiing, hiking, or mountain biking; and all the amenities of metropolitan Los Angeles or San Diego. All within a short, two-hour drive of Palm Desert.

Our Palm Springs International Airport is just 20 minutes away. Scheduled service is provided by nine major and regional airlines with over 75 daily departures. Charter flights as well as worldwide connections are available.

Palm Desert, located in Riverside County, is 117 miles east of Los Angeles, 504 miles south of San Francisco and 118 miles northeast of San Diego.

Tourism has always played a major role in the desert resorts and the City of Palm Desert. With more than twenty hotels/resorts in town, with a combined total of over 2,000 rooms, there is no dearth of hotel space here! Palm Desert is home to the largest five-star destination resort in the valley, the smallest bed and breakfast, and everything in between.

The hotels are known nationally for their ability to handle business conferences and management/sales meetings of 100 to 1,000 registrants. They are also hugely popular with the families getting away for the weekend. Numerous world-class golf and tennis tournaments draw tourist as well. Whether you are coming to Palm Desert with a convention, to follow the stars at the Frank Sinatra Invitational Golf Tournament, or to enjoy pampering at a local spa, there is a perfect place in Palm Desert to accommodate your needs.

After spending a day shopping or gallery hopping... what better way to unwind than savor the dining delights that await you in Palm Desert. From Tex-Mex to sushi, fast food to fine dining, a long list of popular eateries and their friendly staff are waiting to serve you. You can choose from more than 150 restaurants to find what best suits your mood and pocketbook.

Intimate atmospheres, piano bars with professional entertainment and lovely desert settings add to the enjoyment of dining out in Palm Desert.

With more than 30 golf courses inside the city limits, and over 100 in the valley, Palm Desert has rightfully earned the title "Golf Capital of the World." The city-owned course, Desert Willow, has been featured in Smithsonian Magazine, and has been honored for its environmental and ecological integrity. Palm Desert is home to such celebrated golf tournaments as the "Bob Hope Chrysler Classic" and the "Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational" which is hosted by the city's own Desert Willow Golf Resort.

If tennis is your game, choose from over 150 tennis courts in the city. Indian Wells Tennis Garden is home to the world's sixth largest tennis tournament in the world in March. The Desert Seniors Cup Tennis Tournament is also held here.

Palm Desert is home to over 1,050 retail establishments in more than 14 shopping districts including the area's only regional mall. El Paseo, an upscale boulevard of fine clothing shops, art galleries and quaint restaurants, is aptly called the "Rodeo Drive of the Desert." The every weekend College of the Desert Street Fair brings vendors from throughout southern California to sell their wares in an outdoor setting. And then there are literally hundreds of additional retail stores offering anything and everything you can imagine.

From a large-scale mall to outdoor stalls, from special events to specialty boutiques, exclusive avenues to expansive factory outlets, you won't find a greater variety of shopping anywhere.

The McCallum Theatre is a state-of-the-art performing arts center located in the heart of Palm Desert. Founded in 1988, it has earned a reputation for diversified, high quality programs. The theater founders committed to a goal of enriching the lives of desert residents by making the performing arts affordable and accessible to as many people as possible. Today, the McCallum annually enjoys the patronage of a quarter million theatergoers.

An astonishing variety of entertainment and cultural experiences have been presented by the McCallum over the years: award-winning plays, Broadway touring productions, international stars of dance and opera, major concert artists from classical, pop, jazz, country and rock music, and a rich variety of family and children's programming.

The valley is home to annual jazz festivals, fascinating lecture series and several highly acclaimed art shows including the La Quinta Arts Festival and Southwest Arts Festival. Special cultural events abound. Watch for information in the local media.

The Palm Desert area is a work of art itself, with a majestic mountain backdrop and prolific Art in Public Places program that integrates works of art into medians, parks, buildings and an Interstate freeway overpass bridge with lizards carved into the cement entrance. The nationally recognized program enhances the appearance of literally every portion the city. More than 90 sculptures and public artworks greet you wherever you go - in Civic Center Park, along El Paseo, and at the entrance to most centers and resorts.

Abundant art galleries are available for your pleasure. We invite you to stroll along El Paseo or Corporate Way and visit some of the dozens of galleries that offer every type and medium of art you could possibly desire. Visit one of many artist demonstrations, exhibits or outdoor art shows. It is easy to see why Palm Desert has become known for its innovation in promoting public art throughout the city.

Widely known and highly regarded, the Living Desert Reserve is the pride of Palm Desert. Privately endowed, the 1,200 acres are comprised of a superior collection of desert plants and wildlife in a natural setting. In addition to the warthogs, Arabian oryxes, desert unicorns, mountain lions, cheetahs, Mexican wolves, bighorn sheep and more, there are magnificent botanical gardens, nature trails, and the new Wa Tu Tu African Village.

Within a short drive in any direction, there are new vistas for camping, hiking, rock hounding, and bird and wildlife watching. The desert and mountain trails are perfect for exploring the natural beauty of the region. And don't be surprised to see a bighorn sheep or two on the hillsides.


Palm Desert Population - 44,217
Coachella Valley Population - 352,154
Elevation - 243
Area - 26 square miles
Average Rainfall - 3.38 inches
Average Humidity - 27%
Yearly Mean Temperature - 73 degrees
Average Number of Sunny Days - 350 a year

Palm Desert has grown to over 44,000 permanent residents, with an estimated additional 20,000 seasonal residents during the winter. Full-time population for the entire Coachella Valley is 352,000.

As more and more families move into our area, the year-round economy is booming. The average age is 48 years - a significant change from just a decade ago when the city was considered primarily a retirement area.

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