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Rancho Mirage Destination Guide

What makes Rancho Mirage one of the most sought-after vacation destinations is an irresistible combination of natural and ‘man-made features’ in this ‘uniquely sculpted’ desert landscape. Located in the heart of the Coachella Valley and providing an interesting contrast against the captivating background of snow-capped Santa Rosa Mountains, this scenic desert holds a plethora of ‘backcountry wonders.’ The place is a veritable oasis of style and luxury with numerous country clubs, luxury resorts, casinos, and recreational and shopping centers complimenting the natural attractions and making it a hot vacation destination for celebrities the world over.

Sights and attractions in Rancho Mirage:

Housing an exquisite range of luxury resorts, entertainment options, and an exotic landscape painted by nature at its vibrant best, the city offers an extravaganza of sights and sounds for the inquisitive at heart. A haven for recreational and adventure-loving tourists, Rancho Mirage is also endowed with a unique creative and aesthetic appeal as an offbeat art and cultural center. With a surprise awaiting you at almost every corner, a few of the must-visits here include:

  1. Children's Discovery Museum
  2. California Museum of the Heart
  3. Rivers Ridge Gallery
  4. Blixseth Mountain Park
  5. Cancer Survivors Park

Recreational Activities in Rancho Mirage:

Experience recreation with a difference in Rancho Mirage and enjoy activities such as hiking or cycling with available expert assistance or follow interesting walking trails to your delight. A number of stylishly themed recreation parks with informal play fields, picnic, and sporting facilities afford a refreshing experience for the whole family. Sports buffs can make good use of world-class tennis and golfing facilities at Rancho mirage. Those looking to relax can treat their senses to an extravaganza of luxury spa treatments in the city to help rejuvenate both body and mind.

Some of the places where you can enjoy these recreational activities include:

  1. Whitewater Park
  2. Clancy Lane Trail
  3. Butler-Abrams Trail
  4. Spa at Mission Hills
  5. Yamaguchi Salon

Golfing in Rancho Mirage:

Rancho Mirage emerges as one true golfing paradise of its own kind with no less than a dozen of beautifully landscaped golf courses set amidst scenic surroundings. Some of the finest golfing opportunities presented by these country clubs have long remained an attraction for celebrities and distinguished visitors from across the globe. An exclusive range of world-class golf resort clubs at Rancho Mirage afford a lifetime of opportunities for avid golfers to test and improve their skills in some of the most exquisitely designed championship and signature style golf courses. Some of the most popular golfing outposts in the city include:

Pete Dye Resort Course
An 18-hole championship golf course, the Pete Dye Resort Course is among the most difficult yet engaging in the Palm Springs area and is characterized by hidden pin placements interspersed with features like rolling fairways, railroad ties and water hazards which adds to the charm.

Gary Player Signature Course
A signature styled 18-hole golf course, the Gary Player Signature Course, has been acclaimed as one of the finest in the region by golf and travel magazines for both the quality of golf and its serene natural environs.

The Rancho Las Palmas Country Club
A Ted Robinson designed 27-hole golf course, the Rancho Las Palmas Country Club qualifies as a creative masterpiece strategically placed at the base of Mount San Jacinto with six lakes interspersed throughout the course. The rolling terrain, Bermuda grass, tees and palm-fringed fairways fall in place to make for a spellbinding combination of natural serenity and sporting excellence here.

Rancho Mirage Country Club 
A spacious club house, unhindered view of the San Jacinto Mountains, tree-lined fairways, and a PGA Professional Shop come together to make for an attractive golfing proposition for the novice as well as the professional at the Rancho Mirage Country Club.

Festivals & Events in Rancho Mirage:

Rejoicing in the spirit of fun and boundless creativity, Rancho Mirage hosts numerous festive occasions and events year round, which afford an intimate insight into the people and culture of this place. Art Affaire emerges as one such annual event of singular significance, which can be described as nothing less than a celebration of art. Some of the festivals & events, which form an inseparable part of any visitors’ itinerary include:

  1. Art Affaire : Nov 15-16, 2008
  2. City of Rancho Mirage Sponsors : 4th of July Celebrations
  3. The Rancho Mirage Family Circus : May 3, 2009

Dining & Nightlife in Rancho Mirage:

Bursting with life and energy, the city presents an entire range of exotic nightlife options starting from small-time bars with a soothing ambience to casinos and nightclubs which come in all shapes and sizes with the best in terms of quality of service and relaxed environs.

A spectacle to behold in itself, the Agua Caliente Casino is undoubtedly one of the most distinguished nightlife establishments in the Coachella Valley. Putting up an unabashed display of extravagance and style, Agua Caliente flaunts casinos, spa, two golf courses and tennis courts equipped with state-of-the-art facilities to make it the perfect locale for the most discerning of visitors.

A unique conglomerate of regional and international cuisines tastefully complemented by world-class dining facilities has successfully turned Rancho Mirage into a major attraction for food aficionados from all over. Dining establishments offer something special for almost every taste palette. Some of the best dining & nightlife establishments in Rancho Mirage include:

  1. Babe's Bar-B-Que Grill & Brewhouse
  2. R Bar at Rancho Las Palmas
  3. Sage Bar & Grill
  4. The Cheesecake Factory
  5. Grand China Wok
  6. Shame On The Moon Restaurant
  7. Las Casuelas Nuevas
  8. Roy’s
  9. Wally’s
  10. PF Changs

Shopping in Rancho Mirage:

Rancho Mirage has evolved as a shopping and entertainment oasis in the desert, where shoppers can spend leisurely hours browsing through books; listening to music; and admiring designer wear or eclectic art.

A strategically located waterfront development, The River is among the best upscale shopping establishments in the city which lends a whole new meaning to the word 'shopping' with its state-of-the-art facilities and a relaxed ambience. Spread over an area of 50-acre, Monterey Marketplace has grown into one of the largest shopping and entertainment centers in the city housing a 16-auditorium theater, numerous retail outlets and a host of options to enjoy fine dining.

Best Time to Visit Rancho Mirage:

Bestowed with a sunny disposition almost year round, Rancho Mirage is a popular vacation destination in summers as well as winters. Although summer temperatures can arise well above 110 degrees, lodging and golfing rates are considerably lower.

Commuting to and from Rancho Mirage:

Conveniently located at a distance of 120 miles from Los Angeles, the city of Rancho Mirage is easily accessible by means of Southern California freeway system via Interstate 10. 

Palm Springs International Airport connects the area to a number of major locations within the US and other parts of the world. Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways offer year round flights to the place along with a host of others like Air Canada, Allegiant Air, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, Horizon Air and Northwest Airlines which offer seasonal services to the airport.

One can take a cab from the airport to reach any part of Rancho Mirage and it is easy to commute within the city with the help of bus charter services. As far as sightseeing is concerned, renting a car is probably the best option with several choices available at the airport.

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