Sprawling in the Coachella Valley, this Southern California desert resort is even more exclusive than neighboring Palm Springs. Come live the lifestyle for just a day or for a whole week. Spa resorts abound here, as do golf courses, the prime attraction for most vacationers in this sunny desert city.If unwinding with a massage or playing a round of golf on one of the valley’s 100 courses aren’t enough to tempt you, how about a soaring ride on a hot-air balloon or trucking through desert badlands on a 4WD Jeep or Hummer tour? If you’re bringing the kids, spend the morning or an afternoon at the Living Desert, a unique zoo and gardens complex that explores desert ecology.
Back downtown, El Paseo is nicknamed the “Rodeo Drive of the Desert” for its high-end, catwalk-worthy fashion boutiques, luxury brand showrooms and high-end department stores. Take a break from shopping at one of the many breezy California-style bistros, cafes, bars and cocktail lounges strung along Palm Desert’s glitzy main avenue.