You’ll discover plenty of things to do in Palm Desert. Thanks to the abundance of sunny days and warm winter weather, Greater Palm Springs is a year-round playground.
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Interested in making the Palm Springs area your part-time home? We rounded up our top recommendations of things to do and see, conveniently located near Revel Palm Desert.
The Great Outdoors
The opportunities are truly limitless when it comes to outdoor fun near Palm Desert. Go for a hike at Indian Canyons or the Whitewater Canyon Preserve. Take a ride to the pristine wilderness of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Visit the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens or take a jeep tour where you can explore the San Andreas fault. Go for the hot-air balloon ride you’ve always dreamed of or enjoy a night of stargazing at the Observatory in Rancho Mirage. Iconic Joshua Tree is just ninety minutes away from Revel Palm Desert, the perfect spot for a day trip or weekend away.
Architecture and design are another big draw, thanks to a wealth of midcentury modern designs from renowned architects including Albert Frey, Donald Wexler, John Lautner, and E. Stewart Williams.
With over 100 renowned golf courses, Greater Palm Springs earns its reputation as a top destination for golf. Courses offer play at all challenge levels, whether you’re looking for a casual round or demanding greens. Designs by legendary architects like Arnold Palmer, Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman are a major draw, as are the gorgeous mountain backdrops against lushly manicured courses. Even the PGA and LPGA Tours stop in this golf oasis for annual tournaments.
Mark your calendar for several festivals taking place in Greater Palm Springs throughout the year. Music lovers don their best bohemian garb and cowboy boots for Coachella and Stagecoach, held over three consecutive weekends at the Empire Polo Fields, while foodies sample local flavor at the open-air Indio International Tamale Festival. Fashionistas flock to Palm Desert each spring to watch models own the runway at Fashion Week El Paseo, design enthusiasts delight in midcentury masterpieces during Modernism Week, and movie buffs can take their pick from the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival, the American Documentary Film Festival and more.
Greater Palm Springs is a tennis utopia. In fact, the sport’s history here dates back to at least the 1930s, when the area’s first racquet clubs opened, drawing Hollywood celebrities who loved the idea of playing a little tennis before mingling over martinis by the pool. With tennis being a fun way to chill in the oasis, you’ll find plenty of places to practice your overhead volley and get a few rallies in before happy hour rolls around. The Indian Wells Masters, also known as the BNP Paribus Open Tennis Tournament, draws an annual crowd of over 400,000 attendees to the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens.
Art & Culture
Art lovers will find plenty to set their sights on, from contemporary exhibits and fine art to local artist galleries, murals, and outdoor sculptures. The renowned McCallum Theater offers a variety of concerts and performances and is located less than ten minutes from Revel Palm Desert.
Whether you love shopping unique local boutiques, designer shops, vintage finds or your favorite retailers, the Palm Desert area has plenty of shopping options. From outlet malls to street fairs, chic boutiques to independently owned galleries, you’re sure to find just what you’re shopping for. The renowned shopping of El Paseo is just 10 minutes from Revel Palm Desert, and California’s largest luxury outlets in Cabazon are a breezy 40-minute drive away.
Since the days of the earliest Native American settlers in the area and later when Old Hollywood came to relax in the healing hot springs waters, the Coachella Valley has been a destination for relaxation and wellness. Greet the day with a sun salutation or a rejuvenating morning hike. A quick drive to Desert Hot Springs is a must; many mineral spring spas offer day passes so you can take the waters and soak up all their healing powers for a few hours. Then treat yourself to a massage before settling into serenity — poolside — for the rest of the day.
Last, but not least, you can bet on an unforgettable time at any of the local casinos. From slot machines and favorite table games like poker, blackjack and craps to live entertainment and dancing, each property promises excitement beyond the gaming floor. At Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage, guests can escape to the Pívat Cigar Lounge in between poker games. Musicians, comedians, and other headlining acts perform regularly at The Show, the property’s state-of-the-art entertainment venue. Rock Yard at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino also draws crowds to its free summer outdoor concerts and tribute bans, as well as live music on Fridays and Saturdays, while local performers take the stage at Spotlight 29’s Showroom.
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