In its earliest days as a resort destination, Palm Springs was synonymous with celebrities, golf courses and swimming pools. While all three can still be found in the desert today, the Coachella Valley has also developed a number of shopping centers and retail destinations throughout the decades.
Serious shoppers tend to make a day trip out of their shopping excursion, heading to the Desert Hills Premium Outlets in Cabazon, just an hour outside of Palm Springs. This outlet mall features more than 150 outlets for discount designer shopping. With an onsite food court and Morongo Casino next door, it's easy to make a well-rounded day trip out of Desert Hills.
If you want to stay in the Palm Springs area, the Gardens on El Paseo and the Shops on El Paseo are two neighboring shopping districts with high-end names like Kate Spades, Escada and Saks Fifth Avenue. Nearby, Westfield Mall offers a traditional indoor shopping experience, enhanced by anchor stores like Macy's and JCPenney. And for an open air retail experience that's unique to the desert, be sure to drop by The River in Rancho Mirage.
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