While Palm Springs is among the most popular cities in California for its rich history, incredible art and architecture and thriving nightlife and dining scene, there’s also plenty to do in the surrounding area.
Take a trip up to the High Desert area to discover the many restaurants, golf clubs, parks and museums that can be found here.
What Are The High Desert And Low Desert In California And Where Are They Located?
The High Desert and Low Desert are informally bordered areas in California that are mostly a distinction known to locals of the area.
High Desert (also known as Mojave Desert) is about 2,000 feet above sea level, and situated just north of the Low Desert (also known as the Sonoran Desert), which typically sits at about 500 feet above sea level.
What Are The Main Differences Between High Desert and Low Desert In California?
High Desert and Low Desert have a lot in common — vibrant art and food scenes flourish in both areas.
But temperature wise, the High Desert is typically a windier, cooler area than the Low Desert, making it perfect for a trip to escape the heat during the hot summer months in Palm Springs.
The Low Desert is also considered more of a resort area. Just look at the amount of swimming pools — there are an estimated 40,000 pools in the Palm Springs city limits alone!
Folks in High Desert are often considered to be a little more rural and grounded than the resort style way of life that’s more common in Low Desert areas like Palm Springs.
The Hollywood Connection of High Desert
While many movie stars live in the Low Desert area of Palm Springs, lots of movies have been filmed in High Desert, with the Victorville area being a common filming spot for multiple big budget movies.
It’s easy to see why, with so much incredible scenery around the area, with beautiful panoramic desert vistas and the backdrop of majestic mountains. Some areas of the High Desert even see snow due to the high elevation.
Best Restaurants In High Desert
Taking a quick hour and a half drive from Palm Springs is a small price to pay to experience some of the best restaurants in High Desert. Here are our quick picks of the top five restaurants you can find here.
1. Steer 'N Stein
This classic High Desert restaurant serves up steaks and beer in an unassuming, welcoming setting.
2. Goody’s Family Restaurant
Be sure to get up early to check out Goody’s for some of the best breakfast food in the High Desert.
3. D’Vine Wine Bar
No list of top five California restaurants is complete without a wine bar, so we’ve included this great try-to-buy wine bar with incredible food options such as paninis.
4. Apollo Restaurant
If you’re looking for an old school diner with delicious burgers, onion rings and other classic delectables, look no further than Apollo Restaurant.
5. High Desert Farmers’ Market
While not a typical restaurant per se, we had to add this experience to the list. Explore local vendors while munching on fresh produce and local fare.
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