Located in Riverside County, California and just south of Palm Springs, the community of Palm Desert offers endless family-friendly fun and activities. This popular Southern California destination attracts thousands of visitors annually due to being situated only a couple of hours south of Los Angeles. Choose from hacienda-style homes to spacious condos, and book a stay at a Palm Desert vacation rental today. Check out the most exciting neighborhoods in and around Palm Desert.

1. Palm Desert Country Neighborhood

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Located on the southeastern side of the town, the Palm Desert Country neighborhood sits close to the Palm Desert Country Club and the Woodhaven Country Club, where the golf lover in your family can hit the links while everyone else enjoys a day at the country club’s pool or tennis courts. On the way back to your vacation rental, stop by Mario’s Italian Cafe for a pizza or calzones to take home for dinner.

2. Edom Neighborhood

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The Edom neighborhood sits close to the Christopher Columbus Transcontinental Highway, making it a great location if you’re planning a day trip to Palm Springs or Los Angeles. This area bustles with activity, and you and your family can catch the latest blockbuster movie at the Regal Cinemas Rancho Mirage 16 & IMAX. For some shopping, stop by the Monterey Shore Shopping Center for a day of retail therapy.

3. Silver Spur Mobile Manor Neighborhood

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The final neighborhood of Palm Desert is the Silver Spur Mobile Manor neighborhood with its blend of modest single-family homes and luxury homes. In the evenings, take a stroll along the tree-lined sidewalks and let the kids play in the yard during the day. In the area, there are several small parks and green areas, where you and the kids can stretch your legs. Don’t forget to try the Monday Night Dinner at least once during your stay.

4. Bermuda Dunes

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Just a couple of minutes southeast sits the city of Bermuda Dunes, where you and your family can enjoy some time reconnecting at a vacation rental that includes a swimming pool. For a unique look at the area, stop by the Palm Springs Biplane Rides and Air Tours and schedule an air tour for your family. On the way home, stop in at Murph’s Gaslight for some home cooking and the chance to retell your exciting experience.

5. Hidden Palms

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When you choose a vacation rental in Hidden Palms, you and your family are going to enjoy a low-key vacation, where you can get out and explore nature. Take a few days to explore the Coachella Valley Preserve – Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve. Start your visit at the “Palm House,” also known as the visitor’s center. Here, you can schedule a guided tour of part of the park or start out hiking on one of the numerous hiking trails.

6. Thousand Palms

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A couple of minutes north of Palm Desert is the family-oriented town of Thousand Palms that are filled with welcoming ranch-style family homes to make your home base. Rent bikes and ride around the town and the back roads with stunning views of the mountains in the distance. Enjoy a spicy meal at the Taqueria San Miguel and order margaritas for you and your husband. Visit one of the local shops for a cool souvenir of your trip.

7. Indian Wells

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Enjoy upscale surroundings with a vacation rental in the Indian Wells community. Pass the days playing golf at one of the two golf courses while the kids play in the club’s swimming pool. Take the kids to the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens to explore the ecosystem of a desert and have the chance to get close to some of the smaller animals at the petting zoo.

8. Cathedral City

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Head northwest from Palm Desert to arrive in the friendly city of Cathedral City with a little something for everyone in your family. Take the kids to the nearby Wet ‘n’ Wild Palm Springs for a day of lazy rivers, wave pools, and thrilling water slides. Grab a pizza on the way home at the end of the day from one of the locally-owned restaurants.

9. Biskra Palms

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Enjoy a little peace and quiet in the Biskra Palms area with its wide open spaces and secluded vacation rentals. While away the days hiking and biking along the trails through the local state park. At Desert Adventures Metate Ranch, you and your family can take an exciting ride and adventure in a Jeep through one of the local parks. This outfit even offers a stargazing tour in the desert, where you can see the night sky in a whole new way.

10. Indio

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Indio offers you a variety of vacation rentals and the hustle and bustle of a busy city. Spend your days shopping, while your hubby hits the links at one of the local golf courses. Both of the country clubs offer pools and tennis courts for you and the kids to enjoy while he’s on the greens. One evening, hire a sitter and enjoy a grown-up outing at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, where you can try your luck gambling or catch a show.

11. Palm Springs

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Palm Springs is the largest city in the area with tons of fun for your family. Known as a hot spot for golfers, you’ll find plenty of greens to practice your swing. Take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway up into the mountains for amazing views and hiking. At the Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium, you and your family can learn more about the local flora and fauna. Let your kids learn more about aviation while having fun at the Palm Springs Air Museum.