Destination guide

Palm Desert—a destination for those who like it hot

"Lush" may be an unusual choice of adjective to describe the desert, but it's a near-perfect description of the picturesque California deserts. Palm Desert, a city in the Coachella Valley, is a veritable playground, with its own shopping street (El Paseo, nicknamed the "Rodeo Drive of the Desert"), architecturally distinctive art museum, and acclaimed performing arts center. Complete the experience by staying in a mid-century modern Palm Desert vacation rental—pose in front of the house in your most stylish Rat Pack-inspired duds, and watch those Instagram likes roll in.

Things to do

Quench your thirst for art and culture in Palm Desert

See the permanent and rotating exhibits at the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, then wander around the 4-acre sculpture garden, where modern artworks share the spotlight (or more precisely, the sunlight) with native plants, water features, and rock benches. Try to catch a show at the McCallum Theatre, which ranks among the country's most celebrated performing arts venues. Finally, take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to Mt. San Jacinto State Park—over 8,500 feet up—where you can go hiking in the summer or sledding in the winter. Check out the natural history museum and the documentary theaters before making the trip back.


Palm-tastic Palm Desert: it's anything but deserted

Scores of golf courses, hundreds of shops in the mile-long El Paseo retail district, and even an IMAX theater in Rancho Mirage—with so many things to do, it's easy to forget you're actually in the desert. Fuel up with a scrumptious breakfast in your Palm Desert vacation rental before heading out for the day and going on scenic hikes, heart-pumping all-terrain vehicle tours, and soaring cable car rides. If you've got kiddos with you, drop by the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, whose unique offerings include an endangered species carousel, a replica of a northeast African village, and flora from deserts around the globe (and not just the trendy succulents on your Pinterest feed).


There's a reason it's called Palm Desert

The weather won't rain on your parade during your Palm Desert holiday. This place gets around 350 days of sunshine a year, and barely any rainfall—if you're going to need an umbrella, it'll be for shielding your mug from the sun. Winter, from January to March, is the best time to visit, with temperatures that range from the high 40s to the low 70s. Summer in Palm Desert can get literally sizzling, with average temps of 106 degrees. If you're not fazed by triple-digit temperatures, then go ahead and book a Palm Desert vacation rental from June to August—'tis the season for low prices and thin crowds.

Natural features

Oh my Josh, look at all the Joshua Trees!

For a better appreciation of Palm Desert's photogenic oases, a hike, a horseback ride, or a cycling tour is most certainly in order. Young'uns will have a field day at Joshua Tree National Park, where they can earn Junior Ranger badges after completing an activity book. The spiky Joshua Trees may be the park's main stars, but you'll also find a remarkable variety of plant life, including over 40 rare species. You might run into squirrels, lizards, and birds while walking about during the day—just be thankful that the snakes and coyotes, among other mammals, are only active at night!

How to get there

Traveling to and around Palm Desert

The nearest airport is in Bermuda Dunes, CA (UDD), located 6.6 mi (10.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Palm Springs, CA (PSP-Palm Springs Intl.), which is 10.1 mi (16.2 km) away.

Where to stay around Palm Desert, CA?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 7,254 vacation rentals near Palm Desert. From 3,780 Houses to 2,234 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Palm Desert for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Palm Desert?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Palm Desert:

  • Bighorn: 72 vacation rentals
  • Park Palms: 77 vacation rentals
  • Cahuilla Hills: 28 vacation rentals
  • Silver Spur Ranch: 118 vacation rentals
  • Spanish Walk: 114 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Palm Desert?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Palm Desert. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Palm Desert Country Club: 4,588 vacation rentals
  • Desert Willow Golf Resort: 7,529 vacation rentals
  • Toscana Country Club: 7,498 vacation rentals
  • Adagio Galleries: 7,615 vacation rentals
  • The Gardens on El Paseo: 7,591 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Palm Desert listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Palm Desert?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 3,780 Houses in Palm Desert. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Palm Desert include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 2,234 rentals available
  • Villas: 520 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 178 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Palm Desert?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 6,147 vacation rentals with pool available in Palm Desert. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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