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Palm Desert stands as a testament to the tenacity and endurance of humanity, a thriving resort town in the middle of a hostile and arid desert. Casinos and golf courses offer days of entertainment beneath the baking sun in stunning landscapes. The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, meanwhile, offers visitors a glimpse of ecosystems from around the world, with leopards, giraffes, lions and more in an enchanting, all-ages attraction. Rent a car through Orbitz to explore Palm Desert and to travel into the neighboring towns and national parks. Your car can take you to both luxury resorts and untamed wilderness, where adventure awaits.

Palm Desert and beyond: Music and movies

Palm Desert is just one stop on a journey through the breathtaking landscapes of inland Southern California. Drive just a short distance to visit these three exciting destinations.


The town of Indio may appear to be unassuming at first glance: there are golf courses, casinos and historical museums for plenty of entertainment. Come here at the right time of the year, however, to experience one of its many colorful festivals, celebrating arts, drinks, local heritage, and music. Its most famous event? The hipster fest to rule them all, Coachella.

Journey time: Around 20 minutes

Distance: Approximately 10 miles

Palm Springs

Feel every worry slip away in the scenic desert resort of Palm Springs. Outdoors enthusiasts can take an aerial tramway over canyons or hike up peaks, while families can splash about in the local waterpark. Luxury accommodation peppers the landscape, offering spas and golf courses in the dramatic desert landscape. Take a hot air balloon ride for the best way to enjoy the scenery.

Journey time: Around 25 minutes

Distance: Approximately 15 miles

Joshua Tree National Park

Two deserts – the Mojave and the Colorado – meet in the ethereal landscapes of the Joshua Tree National Park. Drive through this spectacular national park to see Yucca brevifolia, or Joshua trees, jutting up into the landscape backed by golden rocks. The park hides an old western movie set in Pioneertown, a grove of cholla cacti, and hiking trails that lead to striking rock formations.

Journey time: Around one hour

Distance: Approximately 45 miles