For you, the magic of travel lies in the fact that you return home with renewed energy and a fresh perspective. In the words of Henry Miller, “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” For the world-weary traveler seeking to tap into the joyful heart of life, Indio, California—the “City of Festivals”—has a colorful, celebratory vision to unveil. Don your rose-colored glasses once again with a stay in Indio hotels, where soaring palms and clear desert air remind you of a simpler time, a time when everyday events sparked childlike wonder and ordinary objects sparkled with fascination. You’ll soon learn they still can.
Just 20 miles from Palm Springs, hotels in Indio, CA invite you to discover the beauty of the Coachella Valley. Deep blue skies are dotted with the crowns of palm trees, and at sunrise and sunset, pink and purple light tinges the distant blue mountains. Warm desert air caresses your skin as you dip your toes in the cool waters of the pool. Linger here, bathed in warm sun, or use Indio rental cars to visit one of the nearby palm groves. Walk through canyons shaded by fringed palms and delight in the surprising appearance of a desert waterfall.
Stay in the hotels near Indio, CA for December’s Tamale festival. Expert tamale makers preside over piles of their delicious handiwork. Unwrap the rough cornhusk wrapper and inhale the steamy scent of corn and spices. The soft tamale reveals its carefully seasoned interior of meat, cheese, vegetables, and chilies, like a burst of sunshine in your mouth. Wash it down with a frosty beer or sweet date shake. And if you feel moved to express your happiness, dance to live music or applaud the performers at one of the many festival stages.
If the Coachella Valley beckons you further afield, head eastward towards the bright lights of Palm Springs. The Travelocity app makes it easy to find the best Palm Springs hotels so that you can find out for yourself what generations of celebrities have seen in this stunning desert jewel.