Living Desert Art
A fascinating look at life around Palm Desert waits at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. This 300-plus acres wilderness reserve is home to dozens of rare and endangered species of desert plants and animals. You can walk around the stunning recreations of desert ecosystems for hours. Then, switch gears to a live performance of dance or music at the McCallum Theater. With more than 1,000 seats and exceptional acoustics, you will be on the edge of your seat for spectacular cirque-style performances. No need to stop there, however; take in some evocative and visceral modern art at one of the city’s many art galleries.
The "Rodeo Drive of t
Palm Desert is famous for El Paseo, a mile-long stretch of a shopping district with more than 300 stores. Here you will find everything from handcrafted home decor to haute couture. As if that was not reason enough to go, the Gardens on El Paseo is 200,000 square feet of upscale favorites, such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Louis Vuitton. These shopping havens are a mix of specialty retailers and designer boutiques, the likes of which rival what you find in major metro areas. Additionally, El Paseo has art galleries along with its retail stores. Finding that perfect unique sculpture will be easy.
Feasts fit for a Quee
Of course, you need fine food to go with your fine shopping. Palm Desert does not disappoint with either. More than 150 restaurants are waiting to serve you a bountiful breakfast or delectable dinner. If you want to try a little exotic flavor with your Italian food, visit Piero’s Pizza Vino for zucchini blossoms drizzled with honey. Traditional American fare can be found at Bobby’s Cafe and Grill, with sizzling gyro omelets and fresh handcrafted burgers. Upscale seafood dining waits at Pacifica Seafood Restaurant. This elegant establishment has a vodka bar, and a wide variety of seafood choices, from Chilean sea bass to scallops.