Driving Distances

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An Easy Drive is All it Takes

Whether you’re coming from Los Angeles, San Diego or somewhere a bit further away, Palm Desert’s probably closer than you think. Located just off I-10 around 15 miles east of Palm Springs, you’ll enjoy an easy, quick drive into the scenic California desert.

View of Highway 74 and Palm Desert from Vista PointIf you prefer an off-the-beaten-path route, don't miss Highway 74--designated as a Scenic Byway by the state of California--for a dramatic drive over the mountains that drops straight into Palm Desert.

Here are just a few of the comfortable drives you could take to Palm Desert (view map):

  • Riverside: 1 hour
  • Downtown Los Angeles: 2 hours
  • San Diego: 2 hours
  • Santa Barbara: 3.5 hours
  • Bakersfield: 3.5 hours
  • Phoenix/Scottsdale: 4 hours
  • Las Vegas: 4 hours

Whether you’re coming from Southern California or beyond, it’s easy to get to Palm Desert. You can also skip the drive and fly into one of our neighboring airports – where car rental and other ground transportation is a snap.

No matter how you get here, you’ll arrive in style – and just in time for fun, because there’s always something going on in the desert. Find out more about things to do!