Coachella Valley visitors can choose from any number of cities when trying to decide where to play and where to stay. Coachella Valley tourism revolves around a variety of things, and these things include shopping in the hub city of Palm Springs. Palm Springs isn't the only shopping hot spot in this Southern California desert valley, however, and shopping certainly isn't the only activity that can be enjoyed. Regardless of where you decide to spend your time and what you opt to do on your Coachella Valley visit, you should know that winter is the peak season. The summer months see the temperatures topping 100 degrees Fahrenheit on a regular basis, but at least you can enjoy discounted rates at the area hotels.
The Coachella Valley is one of Southern California's most popular vacation destinations. This has a lot to do with its proximity to Los Angeles, which is only a couple of hours away by car. Many L.A. residents venture out to enjoy some rest and relaxation, not to mention some world-class golf and tennis. Thanks to the fact that this 45-mile long valley is bounded on one side by the San Jacinto Mountains, hiking also figures among the Coachella Valley Tourism highlights, and should you be interested, a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway can be a blast. This tramway takes visitors to the upper flanks of San Jacinto Mountain, where the atmosphere is more alpine than it is desert.
Palm Springs is the most renowned city in the Coachella Valley, and it has been welcoming visitors to the Southern California desert for decades now. When you aren't enjoying all the fun things that there are to do in Palm Springs proper, spending some time in the other cities that can be found in the valley is worth considering. One of these cities is Cathedral City, and among other things, it is known for its excellent golf courses and resorts. You can find this city of approximately 50,000 people between Rancho Mirage and the Palm Springs International Airport, and as far as the public golf courses are concerned, they include the course at the Date Palm Country Club, the Cimarron Golf Resort course, and the course that the Cathedral Canyon Golf & Tennis Club has to offer. On the lodging side of things, the Doral Desert Princess Resort aims to please with its well-equipped accommodations and its ample facilities, and you can find good rooms at a good price over at the Holiday Inn Express.
When looking for things to do in Cathedral City California, seeing what's playing at the Desert IMAX theater is among the options. You can also consider heading over to the local cemeteries. These cemeteries include the Forest-Lawn Cathedral City Cemetery and Desert Memorial Park. A number of celebrities, including Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore, are buried at these cemeteries. When you're not enjoying attractions like these while hanging out in Cathedral City, you can always take a side trip to one of the other cities in the valley. Right next door is Rancho Mirage, and among other things, it is home to the lively Agua Caliente Casino.
Rancho Mirage is an interesting city of approximately 13,000 people. It is here where you will find the world famous Betty Ford Center and the River shopping complex. The River shopping complex complements El Paseo Drive in nearby Palm Desert with its upscale shops and restaurants, and should you be looking for a place to stay while in town, the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage can make for fine base, as long as you can afford the lofty rates.
These aren't the only cities worth visiting while passing through the Coachella Valley. Others include Indio, Palm Desert, La Quinta, and Desert Hot Springs. Indio is home to approximately 50,000 people and boasts some of the most affordable hotels in the area. It's also known for its festivals and being a gateway to the awe-inspiring Joshua Tree National Park. As for Palm Desert, the upscale shopping area of El Paseo is among its highlights, while La Quinta is known for having some of the best golf courses in the area. Over in Desert Hot Springs, the natural mineral waters that lie beneath the city are responsible for the booming spa industry.