The Greater Palm Springs Area is an oasis of fine dining, shopping, entertainment and numerous attractions. Yet, one of the greatest features of this region is the sunny weather; it is sunny for 360 days out of the year. And there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy this -free feature- with fun and inexpensive restaurants, activities, and recreational attractions. The following lists three cities with cheap alternatives to otherwise expensive destinations and restaurants.
The Indian Oven is a high quality dining experience; it’s a small intimate restaurant with traditional Indian décor. Lunch specials include Vegetarian, Non-Vegetarian, and Channa Bhatura. All of the Lunch specials are $5.95 and are served from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm. All plates come with Basmati rice- except Channa Bhatura, raita, and a pickle. Meat eaters can enjoy Tandori chicken, meat curry, a vegetable curry, and one dall.
The Lunch Special is served on a large round stainless steel plate. The restaurant sports beautiful southern views of desert mountain scenes. 35875 Date Palm Drive D-8 Cathedral City, CA 92234 (760) 770-3918
Palm Desert has a number of free desert hiking trails. A lot of them are named after famous Western Hollywood Cowboys; the others are notable people and general trail names. They include:
- 1. Hopalong Cassidy
- 2. Gabby Hayes
- 3. Herb Jefferies
- 4. Art Smith
- 5. Randal Henderson
- 6. Eisenhower Mountain
- 7. Mike Schuler
- 8. Homestead
- 9. Connector
- 10. Washroad
The Palm Desert Trails
The Palm Desert Trails are a great tribute to Classic Western Heroes. The trails are fun to hike on. At some points they go up very high and you can get a bird’s eye view of the surrounding desert cities. The paths are dusty; so bring some good hiking boots.
Definitely bring a canteen of water, some jerky, watch for snakes, and bring your phone. It’s great for an afternoon stroll after 2pm; there’s no need for sun block, all you need is a wide brimmed hat. Go out for a few hours and then come back before sun down. Palm Desert Civic Center 73-510 Fred Waring Drive Palm Desert, CA 92260 760-340-0574
The Old Town of La Quinta has a great recreational area that you can visit. It cost $3.00 per person to enter Lake Cahuilla. Actives include:
- · Picnicking
- · Rving
- · Camping
- · Hiking
- · Barbequing
- · Fishing with Ca fishing license for trout
- · Bicycling
- · Horseback riding
If you want to save on room and board at local hotels, motels, and resorts you can camp or stay in an RV for up to 14 days in a 28 day period at Lake Cahuilla. Individual fees apply for camping and other activities.
Lake Cahuilla is a great retreat from the busy streets of Palm Springs. It is located at the very base of the Santa Rosa Mountains. Go for an afternoon stroll, a weekend picnic, or stay overnight. Lake Cahuilla58075 Jefferson Street La Quinta, Ca 92253 (760) 564-4712