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Indio, California

The City of Festivals

Indio lies in the center of the fertile Coachella Valley in California on the US 10, about equidistant from Los Angeles and San Diego (100miles) and only 20 miles from Palm Springs. Originally it was a work camp when the Southern Pacific Railroad was under construction in 1876, and it was initially named Indian Wells. Not until later did it receive its present name ("indio" is Spanish for Indian); Native Americans had in fact inhabited the valley since the 11th century.

Imagine warm days, velvet nights, lavender mountains and turquoise skies. Dense displays of the desert wildflowers in vibrant hues of rose, pink and goldenrod heighten your visual senses. Natural beauty and the perfect winter climate combine as a compelling attraction to Indio's desert-resort lifestyle. Within this superb natural setting you'll discover fine creature comforts, along with many entertaining pastimes and aesthetic delights to fulfill your vision of paradise.

INDIO_calif_golf_250x329!!golf_indio_palm_springs_california_usa.jpgThe sky's the limit for local recreational opportunities. Whether it's indoor or outdoor, there's a wealth of activities for all ages. Located within the golf capital of the world, Indio offers both private and public championship courses. The world-renowned Landmark Golf Club, now the Golf Club at Terra Logo, hosted The Skins Game for several years. The natural beauty of the desert oasis community and ever-changing tints and shadows of the surrounding mountains create a perfect setting for golf. Lush golf courses, lined with swaying palms and an extravaganza of colorful flowers, offer challenging games that appeal to golfers of all skill levels.

Palm Springs and the surrounding area has been described as a recreation oasis as early as the 1890's. Three canyons: Palm, Andreas, and Murray are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Indio is also one of the largest gateways to Joshua Tree National Park, where the Colorado and Mojave Deserts come together to form some of the most unique geological displays known to man.

Explore the spectacle of nature's desert beauty on guided jeep tours. You can follow a more personal route cycling and walking along ancient trails. Or simply float above it all on a hot air balloon adventure and gaze down on the emerald courses, topaz pools and terracotta rooftops.

Not to be missed, the fabulous Palm Springs Follies is a world-famous, Broadway-caliber celebration of the music, dance, and comedy of the 30's, 40's, and 50's. Enjoy stunning views of the entire desert from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. This is the world's largest rotating tramcar and it climbs to 8,516 feet up the face of Chino Canyon. From the top, visitors can take guided tours, or during the winter, enjoy some cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

INDIO_calif_tramway_300x241!!tramway_indio_palm_springs_california_usa.jpgSalton Sea State Recreation Area (actually a lake) is one of the largest bird sanctuaries in the state. The lake is 35 miles long and 15 miles wide, and was formed in 1905 when the Colorado River's raging floodwaters broke through the headgate of an irrigation canal and roared into the Imperial Valley Highway 111, southeast of Indio.

Oasis Date Gardens is 175-acre working date garden and the home of the superb Medjool Date and many other interesting and delicious date varieties. Founded in 1912, has grown to include a large packinghouse and retail store. Don't miss the opportunity to sample this delicious fruit known to be the oldest cultivated by man.

The Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert inspires and promotes intellectual curiosity and self expression through inventive and interactive exhibits and programs. It encourages children to learn about themselves and the world around them by exploring the natural environment.

At the Living Desert Wildlife and Botanical Preserve, discover playful giraffes, zebras, cheetahs and over 450 animals in naturalized habitats. Enjoy 1,200 acres of scenic hiking trails, beautiful botanical gardens, African Village WaTuTu, interactive Wildlife Hospital and LGB model trains. Petting kraal and the kids playland delights all.

Around 50 miles away you'll find Big Bear Mountain which contains both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain, and is the number one ski resort in Southern California with 26 lifts. Here you'll find family parks and tons of interconnecting hiking trails. When the weather is warmer, Big Bear Marina offers an extensive rental fleet. Their pontoon boats can accommodate 2 to 12 people, and also feature canvas enclosures that provide a comfortable environment for fishing or simply cruising the lake.

After spending a day enjoying the sites, visiting one of the numerous festivals, shopping or just plain hanging out, what better way to unwind than to enjoy the dining delights that await you in Indio. From authentic Mexican, popular Italian, seafood, Chinese, traditional coffee shops to fast food, there is something for everyone - all with friendly staff waiting to serve you. You can choose from dozens of restaurants to find what best suits your mood and pocketbook.

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