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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.

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11 Best Western Hotels
in Desert Region

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  • Best Western Sahara


  • Best Western Plus Main Street Inn


  • Best Western John Jay Inn


  • Best Western El Centro Inn

    El Centro

  • Best Western Date Tree Hotel


  • Best Western Colorado River Inn


  • 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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