Road Trip! Here’s How We Would Spend 24 Hours in Palm Desert

From Great Eats to Hikes and Shopping, Check Out Our Must-Do List of What to Do in 24 Hours in Palm Desert

Written By: Lynne Eodice what to do in Palm Desert

Toss us the keys and pack your bags, we’re heading to Palm Desert! If you only have 24 hours to spend in this oasis, we’ve rounded up great places to eat, shop and play from dawn till dusk! Whether you’re looking to indulge in a spa and shopping spree or eat your way through the best restaurants, we’ve planned a day you’ll be reliving through Instagram for weeks afterward.

24 hours in Palm Desert

7 a.m.: Relax and Play

Bae can practice his swing at one of two championship courses at the Desert Willow Golf Resort, including the Firecliff Course, rated one of the top 50 courses in the U.S. In the meantime, treat yourself to a Desert Journey massage at the Spa at Desert Springs.

what to do in Palm Desert

9 a.m.: Worth the Wait

Wilma & Frieda serves up some great comfort food and original dishes for breakfast—especially delicious is Kim’s Banana Caramel French Toast, made with brioche thick-cut bread. Our stomachs are grumbling already.


10 a.m.: Get Your Heart Pumping

Work off your breakfast by taking the Bump and Grind Trail, which serves up a great workout and views when you reach the top. You bring the water, we’ll bring the sunscreen!


12 p.m.: Organic Eats


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Grab your gals for an organic lunch at Luscious Lorraine’s. Our favorites are the Asian Tofu Salad and Turkey Chipotle Sandwich (with gluten-free bread!).


1 p.m.: Experience Culture


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Palm Desert’s Art in Public Places brings gorgeous artworks into the city’s common areas. Take a docent-led walking tour to check out the amazing sculptures on foot!


3 p.m.: Find Your Fashion Favorites

Don’t forget your spare suitcase! Treat yourself at The Shops on El Paseo for designer boutiques including Bottega Veneta. You’ll find tried-and-true stores including Anthropologie at The Gardens on El Paseo. For treasure hunters, head to Delaney’s Antiques to find your next big score!

5 p.m.: Grab a Bite


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The black-and-white patterns are worthy of a few Instagram shots alone, but this eatery is more than just a pretty face. If you love a good rack of lamb or falafel, Evzin is your go-to for dinner.


8 p.m.: Rest up, Boutique Style

Check into Hotel Paseo, within walking distance to many shops on El Paseo The trendy boutique hotel has luxurious rooms, the rejuvenating Spa LaLe’ and a lively restaurant—AC3 Restaurant + Bar.


10 p.m.: Nightcap

But before you turn in, we suggest one final stop to grab a nightcap at Libation Room. The speakeasy-feeling lounge serves delicious cocktails perfect for ending the night on a high note.

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Lynne Eodice is an accomplished writer & photographer. She is the former Features Editor for Petersen’s PHOTOgraphic magazine, and has contributed her writing and/or editorial expertise to Photographer’s Forum, Rangefinder,, California Tour & Travel, Family Photo and Adorama’s Learning Center. She is also the author of Photos That Inspire: Photo Workshop, an instructional book that’s illustrated with more than 200 images by various photographers, published by Wiley & Sons.


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