Palm Desert

Palm Desert

The oasis offers considerable shopping options, including Palm Desert’s elegant El Paseo and its wealth of fine stores.

Palm Desert is considered the geographical center of oasis communities. With stunning mountain views, 350 days of sunshine a year, and an environment that encourages an active lifestyle, the city attracts a wide variety of people. Consumers enjoy considerable shopping options, including elegant El Paseo and its wealth of fine stores, such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Apple, Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade, Lucky Brand Jeans, and the recent addition of Bang & Olufsen. Nearby Westfield Palm Desert represents the only regional mall in the area.

Palm Desert is also education focused, with three college campuses: College of the Desert; California State University, San Bernardino; and University of California, Riverside. The city’s must-see attraction is The Living Desert Zoo & Botanical Garden, a wildlife park devoted to desert flora and fauna from around the world — and the proud exhibitor of a collection of model trains that will delight the whole family. Add to this the arts and culture offerings of McCallum Theatre and Palm Desert’s continued popularity among locals and visitors is easily understood.

The oasis offers considerable shopping options, including Palm Desert’s elegant El Paseo and its wealth of fine stores.

Palm Desert is considered the geographical center of oasis communities. With stunning mountain views, 350 days of sunshine a year, and an environment that encourages an active lifestyle, the city attracts a wide variety of people. Consumers enjoy considerable shopping options, including elegant El Paseo and its wealth of fine stores, such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Apple, Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade, Lucky Brand Jeans, and the recent addition of Bang & Olufsen. Nearby Westfield Palm Desert represents the only regional mall in the area.

Palm Desert is also education focused, with three college campuses: College of the Desert; California State University, San Bernardino; and University of California, Riverside. The city’s must-see attraction is The Living Desert Zoo & Botanical Garden, a wildlife park devoted to desert flora and fauna from around the world — and the proud exhibitor of a collection of model trains that will delight the whole family. Add to this the arts and culture offerings of McCallum Theatre and Palm Desert’s continued popularity among locals and visitors is easily understood.

Tips & Fast Facts

  • El Paseo offers a mile-long indulgence of art, sophisticated retail, and great dining.
  • Views from Palm Desert range from Mount San Jacinto to the west and past the Salton Sea to the southeast of the city. For a romantic moment from sunrise to sunset, check out Vista Point up the corkscrew road known as Highway 74.
  • Check out Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert featuring exquisite exhibitions and sophisticated events.
  • Palm Desert Civic Center Park — a lushly landscaped setting complete with waterfalls and lagoons — offers sporting facilities for tennis, basketball, volleyball, and baseball, as well as a dog park, skate park, children’s playground, and the city’s three-pool Olympicqualifying aquatic center.

Timeline

1920 — Palm Village emerges from Old MacDonald Ranch after date palms are planted.

1940 — Shadow Mountain Resort attracts Hollywood celebrities and the rich and famous.

1973 — The City of Palm Desert incorporates.

1976-79 — Construction of a flood channels allows for the building of residential homes and the Palm Desert Town Center, currently Westfield Palm Desert.

2005 — The debut of Fashion Week El Paseo ushers in a new tradition on the West Coast fashion calendar.

 

source: Palm Springs Life