La Quinta Area Guide

The Gem of the Desert

Interested in visiting La Quinta and the surrounding area? You’ve come to the right place. Your exploration of the community of La Quinta in Southern California begins here. We’re experts on the area, with most of us living and working right here.

About La Quinta, California, Coachella Valley & Palm Springs Area

For years, people the world over have travelled to the Greater Palm Springs area for sun, fun and relaxation. And nowhere does the desert’s stark beauty shine brighter than in the city of La Quinta, the “Gem of the Desert.” La Quinta in the Coachella Valley is the ultimate blend of climate, location and natural beauty. With almost year-round sunshine and temperate weather, the area stands alone as a preferred place to enjoy a world-class vacation featuring golf, tennis, gourmet dining, shopping, hiking, concerts, and much more. 


La Quinta is an enchanted enclave that includes some of the finest properties anywhere. Just 30 minutes from Palm Springs International Airport, 130 miles east of Los Angeles and some 150 miles northeast of San Diego, it is easily accessible and in close proximity to Southern California’s largest cities. Yet, it is a serene oasis, protected by the Santa Rosa Mountains, a haven of recreation and relaxation. 


From the days of the ancient Desert Cahuilla tribe, the land called La Quinta has been revered for its restorative powers and tranquility. Indeed, with an illustrious past centered around the historic La Quinta Resort & Club, the city of La Quinta has long been imbued with a highly desirable concept of paradise. 

About La Quinta Resort

When San Francisco businessman Walter H. Morgan envisioned the hidden retreat that opened as the La Quinta Hotel in 1926, few could imagine the celebrity cachet and stunning success. The Spanish inspired architecture and exceptional property that gave rise to a new city was destined to be special. From Greta Garbo and Clark Gable to Bette Davis and Errol Flynn, Katherine Hepburn, Frank Capra and others, Hollywood’s best and brightest along with people of means have escaped to the legendary La Quinta Resort & Club. 


Today, with beautiful Old Town La Quinta as the crowning glory, the city of La Quinta and its environs offer locally owned boutiques, preferred restaurants and some of the desert’s most popular events. From the La Quinta Arts Festival, the number one art festival in the country, to the BNP Paribas Open Tennis Tournament in the nearby Indian Wells Tennis Garden, you’ll find truly world-class events. The BNP Paribas is not only ranked among the top venues and tournaments in the sport but also attracts the greatest players alive today. Add to that the Coachella Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Grounds, the acclaimed new music and art destination for concert-goers from around the world. For the outdoor enthusiast, nearly year-round activities are possible with hiking trails, biking paths, green parks and desert adventure tours.