Spacious Suites in Golf-Centric Palm Desert
Located in one of the world’s most popular golf regions, Homewood Suites by Hilton Palm Desert sits within a 15-minute drive of more than 100 courses. From the hotel—a 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner—you’re just 3 miles away from the Shadow Ridge course, designed by Hall of Fame swinger Nick Faldo. Less than 2 miles away is Desert Willow Golf Resort's Firecliff course, named one of the best places to play by Golf Digest. Several other attractions are also nearby, ranging from a mile-long shopping boulevard to The Living Desert, an exotic wildlife habitat.
All suites have fully equipped kitchens with granite countertops and two-burner stoves, as well as two flat-screen TVs. Dining nooks and separate living areas give guests plenty of room for stretching out or for hosting another movie-awards show. In the morning, head to the first-floor Lodge dining room for a complimentary hot breakfast of waffles, eggs, and fruit. On Monday–Thursday evenings, the hotel hosts a Welcome Home reception that includes a light meal and complimentary beer and wine.
Palm Desert, California: Shopping and Wildlife in Scenic Coachella Valley
Palm Desert shares the desert landscape and resort atmosphere of Palm Springs, about 20 miles to the northeast. It's worth it to visit Palm Desert's El Paseo, known as the Rodeo Drive of the desert for its art galleries, high-end boutiques, and brand-name retailers such as Gucci, Ralph Lauren, and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Palm Desert is also a gateway town to the more than 750,000-acre Joshua Tree National Park, located less than 60 miles away. In addition to being the birthplace of Bono, the desert park is famous for its unusual geologic formations and mountains of twisted rock, ideal for rock climbing. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife including desert bighorn sheep, golden eagles, and coyotes.
For a guaranteed glimpse of wildlife, check out The Living Desert, a zoo, botanical garden, and animal hospital in Palm Desert. As you stroll throughout the various geographical regions—including North America and Africa's Village WaTuTu—you will see flora and fauna indigenous to that area, which can include Mexican gray wolves, giraffes, or jaguars. The Living Desert also boasts a G-scale model train that winds its way through replicas of historical scenes, including a California mining and logging town and the Grand Canyon.
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