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Welcome to Palm Desert! Golf and tennis? Sure. Relaxing, spending the day at the spa? You bet. Or maybe the stately homes of famous Hollywood actors and stars the likes of Frank Sinatra come to mind. Whether you’re into spa treatments or not and regardless of whether you’ve ever lifted a club or a racquet, Palm Desert is an unforgettable vacation destination for, well, just about anybody. Combine the beautiful Mojave Desert backdrop with a pleasing year-round climate, and you get one ideal vacation spot. Here are some things you don’t want to miss in Palm Desert : Natural Beauty Unlike Anything You’ve Ever Seen Take a gondola ride up Mount San Jacinto on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. It’s the world’s largest rotating tram, ascending to 8,514 feet. When you get to the top, enjoy dining or go for a hike high above the desert. Explore the wild terrain and forests at Joshua Tree National Park. You can experience this unique landscape on your own or as part of a group tour. The Indian Canyons -- the 15-mile-long Palm Canyon, the lush Andreas Canyon and the magnificent recreation areas of Murray Canyon -- are amazing. And be sure to “take a journey through the deserts of the world” at The Living Desert, but go early to beat the heat. Casino Gaming Try your luck at one of the many casinos that offer an extensive range of gaming, a prime selection of big-name entertainers and fine-dining restaurants to appeal to all tastes. Choice Dining Be sure to head up to Palm Springs and enjoy the many restaurants with outdoor seating. My favorite french restaurant is there, Le Vallauris. And Spencers is another not to missed for those who love fine dining. Misters are in fashion in summer, and in winter it’s just plain delightful. A decided bonus of the outdoor-dining scene is its optimum position for people-watching; you never know who you might see. (Of course, if you want to up the odds, take a celebrity home tour while you're in Palm Springs.) TIP: If you’re planning on visiting Palm Springs, be sure to hit downtown on a Thursday night, when the city’s weekly street fair offers lots of food and fun. In Palm Desert, my husband loves the 1950s-style Keedy's Fountain & Grill on Highway 111 for breakfast. I prefer The Palms Café on Fred Warning close to Trader Joes. The Fishermans Market next door is also tops in my book. Don’t miss Sullivan’s Steak House for great food and even better people watching in the bar. Also on the very chic El Paseo in Palm Desert is Italian cuisine at Ristorante Mamma Gina, the gnocchi melts in your mouth, and for seafood at Pacifica and Mexican food and margaritas at Armando's Dakota Bar & Grill. Ultimate Relaxation Palm Desert is a wonderland for those who choose to take their vacations slow and easy. Treat yourself to the unique Palm Desert spa experience, with treatments that utilize such natural resources as hot mineral springs and sun-dried Indian clay. And whether you feel like shopping, grabbing a bite to eat, or leisurely exploring the region’s art and culture, you can easily spend all day perusing the two-mile stretch of El Paseo and its more than 300 designer boutiques, art galleries, jewelers and more. And, of Course, Golf Palm Desert is a golf mecca, annual host to both the Bob Hope Classic and the Kraft Nabisco Championship, and just about every type of golf experience you could want. If you enjoy learning and refining your technique, lessons are available at Palm Valley Country Club. Ted Robinson Jr. designed both of Palm Valley Country Club’s 18-hole courses. The par 72 Championship Course features wide fairways lined with towering palms and glistening lakes require the use of every club in your bag. The par 63 Challenge Course provides a true test of your focus and short-game skills. If you love a challenge, be sure to visit Shadow Ridge Golf Club (rated one of the 10 best public courses in California in 2006). Golf must be booked 90 days in advance by calling the Golf Shop directly at 760-674-2700. There are also two amazing 18-hole courses at the neighboring Desert Springs JW Marriott® Resort & Spa that integrate waterscapes, undulating fairways and awe-inspiring mountain views. TIP: If you’re heading to Palm Desert for golf, make sure your favorite course(s) will be available for play during your desired time before booking your vacation. These magnificent desert courses are temporarily closed at specific times throughout the year for aerification and overseeding. Experience Palm Desert for Yourself! We invite you to discover this soothing and rejuvenating escape, with plenty of active and leisure pursuits for everyone to choose from.