Though most people would agree that the impressive scenery of the Coachella Valley is enough to keep you busy, many visitors to and residents of La Quinta will want a bit more than the mountains and gorgeous light to keep them entertained. That is just fine because the attractions and adventures in the area around La Quinta are quite numerous.
For example, anyone in one of the many golfing communities or staying at one of the fine resorts will want to schedule at least one day to check out Old Town La Quinta. There you can sip a drink at a sidewalk café, explore wonderful boutiques, and even partake of the local farmer’s market or a free concert on the green.
If small shops are not your thing, there is always El Paseo which is an upscale shopping area located in neighboring Palm Desert, often called the “Rodeo Drive of the Desert”. El Paseo houses most of the familiar labels and brands of the world.
If museums are the thing for you, there is the La Quinta Museum, which gives you a wonderful view of La Quinta and the entire valley through the past centuries. There is also the Palm Springs Art Museum a short drive from town.
Looking for more adventure? The is the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway that carries passengers more than 8,000 feet up the mountain. At the top you enjoy an amazing view of the entire valley and you can also take the time for a delicious meal too.
If you are interested in keeping your feet closer to the ground, there are guided jeep tours into the Coachella Valley, Living Desert tours that introduce visitors to the amazing creatures that inhabit the area including eagles and mountain lions, and there are guided bicycle rides into the
A very popular adventure in the La Quinta area is a guided horseback ride along one of the many trails. These can be a great way to set your eyes on what remains of the Salton Sea as you make your way around the outer ridge. It is also a nice way to head into the Santa Rosa foothills to see some of the rarer inhabitants including the road runners and coyotes!
When visiting or moving to La Quinta, you need never worry about boredom. Whether you are a shopper or a real adventurer, there are a handful of ready and enjoyable attractions and adventures available.