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Rodeo Drive of the Desert

Like her sister cities that surround her, it was the early setters of the Cahuilla Indians the “Agua Caliente” (Spanish for Hot Waters) who have lived here for the past 500 years. The first white settlers where the residents of the Old MacDonald Ranch, then around the 1920’s were renamed Palm Village. In 1943 an Army maintenance camp spurred residence to move in and make this their home. In 1951 the name was change to Palm Desert and now is the home of many snowbirds and regular residence that make this their home year around. This community was incorporated in Nov of 1973.

Rodeo Drive Lives Here too!

Palm Desert offers a vast array of shopping experiences: from the high-end stylings of El Paseo and the indoor Westfield Palm Desert to numerous strip malls and outdoor vendor markets. College of the Desert hosts the largest outdoor market in the Coachella Valley, with 340 vendors. You can find everything from art, clothing, and accessories to housewares and food.

COD Street Fair

Having grown from a once-a-month event to a Saturday-Sunday year-round event, the COD Street Fair attracts a crowd. Admission and parking are free, as are shuttles to take you from the parking lots to the center of activity and back. Hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. October through May and 7 a.m. to noon June through September. Another outdoor market — a certified farmer’s market — recently began operating from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Palm Desert Visitor Center.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lots of wonderful cafe/patio restaurants and shopping galore!
  • Cons:Impatient locals, need to stop and observe safety!
  • In a nutshell:Rodeo Drive of the Desert!
  • Last visit to Palm Desert: Dec 2008
  • Intro Updated Jun 2, 2009
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Apr 1, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Hello, Dee!~ Thanks for your presentation! So many things to see and to do there.../\/\/\/\/\/\/\...

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2010 at 9:13 AM

    Palm Desert is certainly a great location to visit and explore! The boulevard has lots of amazing and artistic sculptures, statues and structures. Those sculptures certainly look stunning. ~ho & pang

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Feb 26, 2010 at 4:02 AM

    Wonderful page on Palm Desert Dee. I enjoyed your "Gallery" of sculptures and esp enjoyed "Salute to the Sun"

  • travelgourmet's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Back in the early days of Palm Desert, my wife and I loved to visit the Palm Springs area and actually bought a desert home in Palm Desert. Great tips. Larry

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Aug 21, 2009 at 7:08 AM

    We'll be visiting Palm Desert over Thanksgiving--thanks for a peek at what's waiting for us!

  • freddie18's Profile Photo
    Jun 8, 2009 at 7:11 PM

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful Palm Desert. It is an amazing place to visit.

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    May 28, 2009 at 9:26 AM

    hey, dee - as much as i love the sculptures all over the place, the trendy boutiques and upscale buildings behind them also attracted my attention. this is the kind of camping favored by my beloved spouse. great pictures.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    May 17, 2009 at 8:25 AM

    What a wonderful place - paradise for sculpture photographing! Thanks Dee for sharing!


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