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Visiting Desert Region

Before the heat really jumps up, be sure to explore the desert region of California. Cities like Brawley and El Centro make for intriguing destinations this spring. Just along the CA/AZ border, you’ll find Blythe, a charming and quaint city home to the Palo Verde Historical Museum. Head west along I-10 and you’ll find Indio – the perfect destination when looking to do a bit outdoor exploring in Joshua Tree National Park. Whether you’re passing through on your way to San Diego, or looking for an authentic southern California vacation, head to the desert region.

You’ll find a variety of adventures when exploring Indio. February is a fine time to visit Indio – check out The Johnny Cash Story: The man, the music, the memory, performed live at the Indio Performing Arts Center. The Johnny Cash story in Indio runs from February 8th through the 10th – a wonderful weekend activity.

Later in February, don’t miss the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival, from the 15th through 24th. All the fun of the Riverside County Fair takes place at the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival Fairgrounds.

If you visit in April, you’re in luck, as one of the major music and arts festivals is underway. You’ll love the diverse crowds and music at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, April 12th – 14th, and then 26th – 28. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival attracts visitors from across the globe and from as close by as Palm Desert, and Palm Springs.

One of the northern-most cities in the desert region of California is Barstow. Home to the Route 66 Museum, and the Mojave National Preserve, Barstow is a choice destination on your visit. Visit the Calico Ghost Town for a wealth of entertainment. The Calico Ghost Town hosts a Civil War Re-Enactment, February 18th through the 20th. Treat mom to a pleasant day out with the family when you check out the Calico Spring Festival, Mother’s Day Weekend.

Further south, near the Mexico border, you’ll discover Calexico. Explore the area when you’re looking for a fun, outdoor adventure. With close proximity to the Salton Sea Beach Marina, and the Heber Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, you’ll have options this spring – an aquatic adventure, or a sandy, dune-riding excursion.

Beat the heat and enjoy your time exploring these pleasant cities in the desert region of California – there’s no better time than spring.

Desert Region Hotel Map

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11 Best Western Hotels
in Desert Region

    Desert Villa Inn




    Main Street Inn


    John Jay Inn


    John Jay Inn

    El Centro

    Date Tree Hotel


    Colorado River Inn


    Palm Desert Resort

    Palm Desert

    Inn at Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

    Las Brisas Hotel

    Palm Springs

    Gardens Hotel at Joshua Tree National Park

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Desert Region Events

April 2015

April 17-19, 2015
2015 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

For three days, the town of Indio will become a hub for hundreds of alternative musical acts, artists, and music fanatics. The festival start time is TBA.

April 3-5, 2015
2015 Indian Wells Art Festival

Join Desert Region communities as they get together for the 13th annual Indian Wells Art Festival – featuring a dazzling collection of paintings, sculptures, music, and so much more all for sale. The event begins at 10 a.m. at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

April 12, 2015
17th Annual Opera in the Park Palm Springs

Head to Sunrise Park in Palm Springs for a delightful performance from the Palm Springs Opera Guild. The event begins at 1 p.m.

April 25, 2015
2015 Earth, Wind, & Fire

Catch the iconic group perform their biggest R&B and jazz hits at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio. The show begins at 8 p.m.

May 2015

May 2, 2015
2015 Brew at the Zoo

Sip fine, handcrafted beers from over 50 regional breweries at the Living Desert Zoo in Palm Desert. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

June 2015

June 29 - May 7, 2015
2015 Palm Springs Restaurant Week

Experience some of the best restaurants and meals the desert valley has to offer during Palm Springs' Restaurant Week. Start times vary by date and location.

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