As twilight paints the vast desert sky dusky purple, you feel a faint heat radiate from the sandstone rocks around you. The stone has been soaking up sunlight all day, and now it issues welcome warmth in the cooling, clear air. You watch the last orange and gold rays of the setting sun behind a mountain peak. An orchestra of nocturnal desert animals serenades you—insects, birds, and the scurrying feet of lizards rise and swell on the gentle evening breeze; you watch the colors of cactus blossoms and slender green yucca spires and motley boulders mellow and mute under the darkening of the watercolor sky. And then, you notice the rustle of palm fronds. What is this place—an exotic desert oasis in a far-flung corner of the earth? No, this is Palm Desert, California, a mere 14 miles east of the luxury of Palm Springs hotels but with enough Palm Desert hotel deals of its own to tempt you into staying exactly where you are.
Palm Desert is among the best-kept secrets of the Coachella Valley—and, indeed, is only 20 minutes away from the legendary Coachella Music & Arts Festival to which the valley lends its name. Ringed with wide-open desert land and impressive mountain peaks, Palm Desert is surrounded by so much natural beauty that you’d be forgiven for forgetting how conveniently close it is to so many urban conveniences: Not only is Palm Springs just a short drive down the highway, but Los Angeles is merely two hours to the west. You won’t want to wander far, though, when you realize that hotels in Palm Desert are convenient and comfortable enough to let you relax in this desert paradise and forget the big-city life. Worship the sun poolside at a posh resort, or stay at one of the tasteful and affordable smaller Palm Desert hotels and save your money for shopping and cocktails on palm-lined El Paseo. This upscale district offers cuisine and couture luxurious enough to tantalize the most discerning tastes, and artisanal boutiques and art galleries for an unforgettable treasure hunt.
If the electric energy of the desert night makes you excited to explore the surrounding Coachella Valley, let Travelocity guide you to Palm Desert rental cars. You’ll never know what’s behind the next butte until you go look—but you know that the green, rustling palms of your desert oasis will be waiting for you when you return.