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Explore the Palm Desert from vacation home rentals

"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

Tourist attractions near Palm Desert vacation rentals

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.


Activities near Palm Desert vacation homes

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).


Local weather for your stay in Palm Desert vacation homes

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

How to get to and around Palm Desert

The nearest airport is in Palm Springs Intl. Airport (PSP), located 10.1 mi (16.2 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Bermuda Dunes, CA (UDD), which is 6.6 mi (10.6 km) away.

Family friendly

Family fun near Palm Desert vacation rentals

Kids will love the fun-filled attractions in Palm Desert. Vacation homes can be found near places like City of Palm Desert Civic Center Park, an expansive park with tennis courts, sports fields, picnic area, concerts, and public art, and Palm Desert Aquatic Center, an aquatic center with pools, slides, and rides. You could also visit Freedom Park, a recreation area with a playground and basketball, baseball, and volleyball courts.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Palm Desert?

Whether you're searching for a cozy escape for you and your sweetheart or someplace spacious to fit all your friends, you'll find some top vacation rentals in and around Palm Desert. Here are a couple to get you started:

  • Make use of handy amenities like an oven and cable/satellite TV services at "Large, Private Yard And Heated, Saltwater Pool". Located around 6 miles from Palm Desert, this vacation rental has 4 bedrooms and good guest reviews.
  • "Walk To Coachella And Stagecoach" also promises a memorable escape, offering 4 bedrooms, winery tours, a desk and more. It's around 8 miles from Palm Desert.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Palm Desert vacation rental for you.

What are the best tiny house vacation rentals in or near Palm Desert?

Punching above its weight when it comes to charm and character, a tiny house vacation rental in Palm Desert offers a front-row seat to big adventure. Shut off all your tech and turn your focus to nature at one of these pocket-sized stays:

  • Take time off and recharge at "Desert Tiny House In Mineral Pool Resort". Located in Desert Hot Springs, a dining table and a hair dryer are included here.
  • Alternatively, make yourself at home at "Laguna" Tiny House Near 50 Temecula Wineries". Situated in Temecula, this petite abode comes with heating and winery tours.

Can I find log cabins to rent in or near Palm Desert?

You sure can! From rustic retreats to luxurious escapes, we've got an extensive range of log cabins to rent in or around Palm Desert. If you're chasing adventure, check out these options:

  • "Romantic Log Cabin ~ Updated, Quiet": This is a perfect base to try some of the fantastic outdoor activities this area has to offer, including kayaking and rock climbing.
  • "Charming Log Cabin In The Heart Of Wine Country": Spend some time enjoying all the creature comforts at this hideaway. When it's time to get outdoors, snorkeling and surfing and boogie boarding will get your blood flowing.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near Palm Desert?

If you're longing to completely switch off for a day or two, you'll find some excellent weekend getaways in and around Palm Desert. Sneak in a well-deserved break at one of these top options:

  • If exploring nature is a non-negotiable for you, book a couple of nights at "3b/3b, Golf/mountain Views, Beach Entry Pool Spa". Around 9 miles southeast of Palm Desert, it's close to Skull Rock and Mount San Jacinto State Park. Top amenities at this escape include WiFi and cable/satellite TV services.
  • Also consider "Iconic Mid - Century Modern House", which is around 13 miles northwest of Palm Desert. After a day exploring nearby sights like Bear Mountain and Sand to Snow National Monument, put your feet up in your rental and make use of coffee and tea making facilities, a barbecue grill and more.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around Palm Desert?

Studio apartments are a hard act to follow when it comes to convenience, character and location. Take a look at these studio apartments for rent in or near Palm Desert and immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture:

  • Put your bags down and your feet up at "Beautiful And Romantic Downtown Private Pool And Spa. Amazing Westerly Facing Views". Amenities including free toiletries and internet services help make guests feel at home here.
  • Another excellent choice is "One Of A Kind Lake And Mountain Views". Take advantage of a living room, a firepit and other handy amenities during your getaway.

When it's time to step outside your studio apartment and cross off the sights, there's plenty to keep you busy around Palm Desert. Interested in cultural attractions? Swing by Fox Performing Arts Center and Ramona Bowl Amphitheatre.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Palm Desert?

From time to time, you just need to escape from it all, even if it's only for one or two days. Experience a delightful combination of sightseeing and relaxation at one of these short-term rentals in or around Palm Desert:

  • Located close to the heart of Palm Desert, "Beautiful Mid Century Hideaway" is an ideal base for a short and sweet break. While you're around, be sure to visit well-known attractions like Citrus State Historic Park and University of California, Riverside.
  • Roll out of bed, make a cup of coffee and then start planning what to see around "One Chic Desert Retreat #1 Property @ Legacy Luxurious Villa #1 Lic". Riverside Convention Center and California Baptist University should be on your itinerary if you stay at this sought-after rental.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near Palm Desert?

Nothing says "I love you" quite like a romantic weekend escape. If you're eager to spend a couple of relaxing evenings away with your sweetie, we've got some romantic getaways in and around Palm Desert that will set your hearts aflutter:

  • Sneak off on Friday for a couple of nights of passion at "Large, Private Yard And Heated, Saltwater Pool". Approximately 6 miles from Palm Desert, it comes with plenty of nice touches, including a fireplace and a swimming pool.
  • Another place where you can enjoy a few dreamy days together is "Walk To Coachella And Stagecoach". Located 8 miles from Palm Desert, winery tours and a fireplace add to the atmosphere here.

Are there mansions for rent in or near Palm Desert?

We've got some superb mansions for rent in and near Palm Desert. If you're after somewhere with plenty of space as well as a large dose of wow factor, these stunners will not disappoint:

  • Around 10 miles to the southeast of Palm Desert is "Mansion - Souvignargues". Along with its grand design, you'll be impressed by its high-end amenities, such as a firepit and a fireplace.
  • Another option is "Pga West - Stunning Views 4200 Ft. ² Mansion 4br". Approximately 10 miles to the southeast of Palm Desert, this swish vacation rental is the crème-de-la-crème of homes and comes with a firepit, a swimming pool and more.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in or near Palm Desert?

Check out these large group vacation rentals in or near Palm Desert and don't worry about leaving anyone off your guest list:

  • You'll have loads of room to move at "Walk To Coachella And Stagecoach". Around 8 miles east of Palm Desert, this generous retreat has 4 bedrooms and sleeps up to 12 guests. Amenities include a swimming pool and a garden.
  • "Secluded 1 - Acre Mountain View Retreat" is another impressive option. It's around 5 miles to the east of Palm Desert, has 6 bedrooms and accommodates up to 14 guests. A swimming pool and a fireplace are just a couple of things designed to make your group vacation more comfortable.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near Palm Desert?

Of all the amenities a vacation rental can have, a pool delivers the most fun. Browse these houses for rent with a pool in or near Palm Desert and spend your time splashing about. Just don't forget to bring your inflatable unicorn:

  • Treat your loved ones to an unforgettable break at "Iconic Mid - Century Modern House". There's plenty to love about this retreat besides its pool, such as a kitchen and a swimming pool.
  • Spend lazy days splashing about or catching a few peaceful moments beside the water at "Pga West House 3 King Size Beds Salt Water Pool Spa #062351". This property is another top choice and offers childrens activities, towels and more.

Unsure how to pack your bags for your Palm Desert getaway? This leading destination has a desert climate. In summer, expect average temperatures of between 70 ºF and 95 ºF. Browse our range of Palm Desert vacation rentals by using the search bar at the top of the page. Simply adjust the filters to get more great ideas about where to stay.

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