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Visiting California's Desert Region

The California desert is full of life this summer. From Barstow and Needles to Blythe and Calexico, countless special events, festivals, and activities invite visitors to get in touch with the fun and carefree spirit southern California is known for.

Palm Desert is the perfect place to spend this Fourth of July. The 2015 Palm Desert Independence Day celebration promises a day of patriotic and family friendly fun at Palm Desert Civic Center Park, culminating in a dazzling fireworks display set to a soundtrack of all-American favorites.

The 2nd Annual Coachella Valley Improv/Comedy Festival is sure to put a smile on your face, July 10th through 12th. Held at the Indio Performing Arts Center, the event is a weekend of improv teams, sketch comedy groups, and stand up comics galore – all competing for a variety prizes.

That same weekend, the 2015 Lemon Lily Festival is held at the Idyllwild Nature Center, less than an hour west of Palm Springs in Idyllwild. This year's Lemon Lily Festival is set to include plenty of arts and crafts, educational exhibits, guest speakers, and even a living Pioneer Town. Get there early – it all starts at 9 a.m.

Idyllwild also offers a unique way for music lovers to get away this summer. The 2015 Jazz in the Pines event is August 15th and 16th, drawing in visitors with over two dozen artists performing on the outdoor Idyllwild Arts mountain campus.

Don’t miss your chance to explore Joshua Tree National Park for free this season. On August 25th, the iconic park, located just south of Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley, celebrates the National Park Service’s birthday by letting visitors explore its 550,000-plus acres without the price of admission.

Desert Region Hotel Map

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11 Best Western Hotels
in Desert Region

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    Desert Villa Inn

    Barstow

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    Sahara

    Blythe

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    Main Street Inn

    Brawley

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    John Jay Inn

    Calexico

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    John Jay Inn

    El Centro

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    Date Tree Hotel

    Indio

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    Colorado River Inn

    Needles

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    Palm Desert Resort

    Palm Desert

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    Inn at Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

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    Las Brisas Hotel

    Palm Springs

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    Gardens Hotel at Joshua Tree National Park

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Desert Region Events

July 2015

July 10-12, 2015
2nd Annual Coachella Valley Improv/Comedy Festival

Laugh your you-know-what off this summer at the Indio Performing Arts Center with a weekend of improv teams, sketch comedy groups, and stand up comics galore – all competing for prizes.

July 11 & 12, 2015
2015 Lemon Lily Festival

This year's Lemon Lily Festival will be hosted at the Idyllwild Nature Center, and is set to include plenty of arts and crafts, educational exhibits, guest speakers, and Pioneer Town. Event begins at 9 a.m.

July 4, 2015
2015 Palm Desert Independence Day

The California Desert city of Palm Desert celebrates our nation's independence with a day of patriotic family-fun at the Palm Desert Civic Center Park. There will be drinks, snacks, and great fireworks display.

August 2015

August 25, 2015
2015 Free Entrance Joshua Tree National Park

Explore this famous California National Park the best way possible – for free. The park is located near Yucca Valley along Interstate 10.

August 15 & 16, 2015
2015 Jazz in the Pines

A unique jazz festival featuring over two dozen artists performing on the outdoor Idyllwild Arts mountain campus. The festival start time is TBA.

September 2015

September 12, 2015
2015 Boyz II Men

Catch the legendary R&B group headline the Show at Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage. The show begins at 8 p.m.

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