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Visiting Desert Region

California’s Desert Region stretches along the Arizona and southern Nevada state line. From Death Valley National Park, in the north of the region, through the cities of Barstow, Needles and Blythe, down to Palm Springs and Calexico, on the Mexico border - the region is large, diverse and ideal for a fall visit. As desert days cool, destinations like Death Valley National Park, the Mojave National Preserve and the Algodones Dunes are in prime season for outdoor activities. Too much still? Relax by a pool in Palm Springs, play a round of golf in the Coachella Valley or hunt for bargains at the Cabezon Outlets.

There is plenty to keep one busy in the Desert Region of California - take advantage of fall weather to do it comfortably. Visit Death Valley National Park in October or later and enjoy millions of acres of wilderness and backcountry. Hike, mountain bike or drive to explore this famous National Park. Barstow is the ideal base for a trip to the park, located south at the intersection of Interstate 15 and Interstate 40.

Palm Springs and Palm Desert are well known for their fabulous fall and winter weather. Don’t forget a swimsuit and sweater and you’re set for Palm Springs. New in 2011, the Palm Canyon Theater presents Broadway in Drag, an official event of Palm Springs Pride. Join the LGBT community of Palm Springs for 2011 Pride, November 5th and 6th. The Pride festival features Broadway in Drag, the evening of November 4th, two days of festival fun and entertainment and the Pride parade on Sunday. Always fun and affirming, Palm Springs Pride is a don’t miss event in November.

The Palm Springs Certified Farmer’s Market, sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center is back outdoors for fall. You can find the market at three locations in California’s Desert Region – Saturdays in Palm Springs, Sundays in Old Town La Quinta and Wednesdays in Palm Desert. The Farmer’s Market is the place for the region's freshest produce and products. Along with the market, enjoy entertainment and unique locally made products.

Thursday nights head to downtown Palm Springs for the Palm Springs Village Fest. Mixed among the shops, clubs and restaurants of Palm Canyon Drive, artisans, entertainers and craftsmen fill the streets with food, flowers and fun. This is a perfect opportunity to enjoy a fall evening out on the town in Palm Springs.

The City of Twentynine Palms is a gateway to California Desert RegionParks and the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center north of Joshua Tree National Park. Along with its convenient location, Twentynine Palms offers fall visitors entertaining events and activities. Join Twentynine Palms residents for the annual Pioneer Days celebration, the third weekend in October – a great family fun festival with Parade, carnival and amusements, and plenty of food and fun.

November in Twentynine Palms brings the Weed Show - arguably one of the most unique events in the region. Come see native vegetation arranged to meet the 2011 theme of Minerva’s Muse, honoring Joshua Tree National Park. The show is November 5th and 6th, an ideal time for a visit to California’s Desert Region.

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

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    Main Street Inn

    Brawley

  • BEST WESTERN
    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

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    Palm Desert Resort

    Palm Desert

  • BEST WESTERN
    Inn at Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    Las Brisas Hotel

    Palm Springs

  • BEST WESTERN
    Gardens Hotel at Joshua Tree National Park

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Desert Region Events

October 2014

October 10-12, 2014
American Heat Bike Weekend There will be stunt shows, live entertainment, and great food throughout Palm Springs over this weekend. It all begins at 10 a.m. on Friday.

November 2014

November 21-23, 2014
McCormick's Classic Car Show and Auction The Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs hosts over 500 exotic cars for this auction. The auction begins at noon on Friday.
November 8-9, 2014
Chalk Fest 29 Test your chalk skills during this new event in Twentynine Palms. This event is open to everyone from professional to amateur levels with a special area for the kiddos to work.

December 2014

December 6, 2014
Festival of Lights Parade This fun parade down Palm Canyon Drive has lighted floats, horses, and classic cars. It rolls out at 5:45 p.m.
December 11, 2014
Walk of the Inns Enjoy a self-guided tour through some of Palm Springs’ most unique hotels and inns. The tour can begin at any of the participating hotels or at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Hotels are open for tours starting at 4 p.m.
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