5-Day Itinerary in Palm Desert
DAY 1:Arts and Entertainment
Round off this full day by trying your luck at the Agua Caliente Casino. If you’re not a gambler, check out what great live entertainment the casino is featuring.
DAY 2:Outdoor Adventure
Now, it’s time to begin your off-road adventure by exploring the San Andreas Fault or the spectacular Joshua Tree National Park. Tour guides will take you through breathtaking canyons, rugged trails and lush desert landscape. (Desert Jeep Adventures)
For those who are looking for adventure up close and personal, soar along sand dunes on an ATV. Or, take it a little slower and discover the desert on horseback.
DAY 3: Family Fun
From a flight simulator to taking flight, enjoy the best vantage possible with a helicopter tour or hot air balloon ride. Hot air balloon rides are typically run at sunset or sundown.
Are the kids with you? Soak up the sun and splash around at Knott’s Soak City. Then, cheer on Palm Springs’ hometown baseball team at the seasonal Palm Springs Power Stadium.
Before your trip to Palm Desert is over, we must recommend a visit to The Living Desert. This 1,200-acre wildlife and botanical park features rare and endangered desert animals.
End your day at Village Fest held every Thursday evening. This weekly event features hundreds of exhibitors, entertainment and other street fair activities.
DAY 4: Fun, Sun and Relaxation
Continue today’s theme of relaxation by lounging by one of Emerald Desert’s two sparkling outdoor pools.
Breathe in the fresh air and dine alfresco in the charming village of Old Town in La Quinta. Before, or after, you dine, we highly recommend strolling the retro boutiques, art galleries and chic stores of the downtown streets.
DAY 5: Hollywood’s Favorite Playground
You can’t come to Palm Desert without discovering the secluded retreats and exclusive estates of Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, and Elvis Presley. Consider taking a guided celebrity tour of these legendary performers mansion homes.
After you’ve seen their homes, follow Palm Springs’ own Walk of Stars that winds through downtown and features the stars of more than 300 celebrities, humanitarians, athletes, and civil leaders.
Film buffs rejoice! If you’re visiting Emerald Desert in June, you must attend the Palm Springs International ShortFest. This year, the festival runs June 16-22, 2015. Past attendees have included Brad Pitt, Naomi Watts and more.