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Palm Desert

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Palm Desert is a city in Riverside County, California, United States, in the Coachella Valley, approximately 14 miles (23 km) east of Palm Springs and 122 miles (196 km) east of Los Angeles. The population was 48,445 at the 2010 census, up from 41,155 at the 2000 census. The city was one of the state's fastest growing in the 1980s and 1990s, beginning with 11,801 residents in 1980, doubling to 23,650 in 1990, 35,000 in 1995, and nearly double its 1990 population by 2000.A major center of growth in the Coachella Valley, Palm Desert is a popular retreat for "snowbirds" from colder climates (the Eastern and Northern United States, and Canada), who swell its population by an estimated 31,000 each winter. In the past couple of years Palm Desert has seen more residents become "full-timers", mainly from the coasts and urban centers of California, who have come for both affordable and high-valued home prices.HistoryThe area was first known as the Old MacDonald Ranch, but the name changed to Palm Village in the 1920s when date palms were planted. Local historians said the main residents of pre-1950 Palm Desert were Cahuilla Indian farmers of the now extinct San Cayetano tribe, but a few members of the Montoya family of Cahuilla/Spanish descent were prominent leaders in civic life.
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Off-Road Tour
Off-Road Tours
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Zoo
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
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Neighborhood
El Paseo Shopping District
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
Hiking Trail
Bump and Grind Trail
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Palm Desert

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National Park
Joshua Tree National Park Joshua Tree
4.7
Duration: 8 hours
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Art Museum
Sunnylands Center & Gardens Rancho Mirage
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Farm
Shields Date Garden Indio
3.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

Golf in Palm Desert

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Golf Course
Desert Willow Golf Resort
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
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Golf Course
Marriott's Shadow Ridge Golf Club
4.2
Duration: 4 hours
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Golf Course
Classic Club Golf
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Golf Course
Palm Desert Country Club
4.1
Duration: 4 hours

Hidden gems in Palm Desert

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Lookout
Coachella Valley Vista Point
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Hiking Trail
Palm Desert Cross Hiking Trail
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Garden
Civic Center Park
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Art Gallery
CODA Gallery
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

Trails in Palm Desert

Hiking Trail
Art Smith Trail
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
Biking Trail
Randall Henderson Loop Trail
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Palm Desert

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Water Park
Palm Desert Aquatic Center
4.3
Duration: 2 hours

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