Comfort Suites Palm Desert makes its home amid an arid landscape of desert brush and wind-worn boulders a stone's throw from Joshua Tree National Park. Despite its rustic Coachella Valley setting, the hotel is near plenty of upscale attractions. This family-friendly hotel also caters to business travelers with a business center that offers high-speed Internet and copy and fax services.
Must-see nearby: Located less than an hour south of the hotel, the rare inland sea at Salton Sea State Recreation Area is popular for fishing and bird watching. The park has 400 types of birds, including brown pelicans and chilean flamingos.
Piping-hot breakfast: Eggs, fresh fruit, meats, cereal, and do-it-yourself waffles each morning
Take a dip: Heated outdoor pool and hot tub surrounded by palm trees
Fitness options: Outdoor putting green and fully equipped fitness room
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.