Rancho Mirage, CA, USA

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Rancho Mirage, CA, USA

Rancho Mirage vacation rentals

A fab desert retreat - just make room for the movie stars

The Coachella Valley is a playground for vacationers, retirees, and U.S. Presidents, and a Rancho Mirage vacation rental is a great jumping off point for all the area has to offer. The city became especially famous after World War II, as folks like Frank Sinatra, Mary Martin, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan each made it their desert destination of choice. Now, visitors explore the gardens, take to the links, shop, dine and, in the blazing heat of summer, stay in the pool for as long as possible.

It's not a mirage! Beautiful parks, greens, and amphitheaters

Visitors arrive at their Rancho Mirage vacation rentals looking for a sporting good time, and they often find it on one of the city's 12 golf courses. There's also Rancho Mirage Community Park, which has walking paths, a playground, and a picnic area. Community groups host events at the park, the site of the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater. It seats 1,000 people and then blows their minds with phenomenal acoustics. The River at Rancho Mirage is a shopping mall with both chain stores and boutiques, plus a movie theater to retreat to on hot summer days.

Break into an elite estate (just kidding, buy a ticket)

The Sunnylands Center and Gardens is a winter estate built by philanthropists Walter and Leonore Annenberg in the 1960s. World leaders and Hollywood stars were entertained there, and now, the public can check it out, too. Travelers can peruse exhibits in the visitor center, or book a guided tour of the house and the magnificent desert gardens surrounding it. And for the little squirts in your traveling party, there's the Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert. Exhibits have enchanting titles, like Build Your Own Race Car, Lie Detector, and Vet Pet Station.

You can't really fry an egg on the sidewalk! Or can you?

Due to its location in the Coachella Valley, surrounded on 3 sides by mountain ranges and sitting on a south-sloping valley floor, Rancho Mirage is arid and warm. In fact, you're looking at the warmest winters in the western U.S., with the lowest low temps at a still-lovely 60 degrees. The most popular times to visit are between January and April, but if you book a Rancho Mirage vacation rental in summer, you can score a real bargain. Just be prepared for afternoon temps of around 110 degrees.

Rancho Mirage's neighbors: a palm tree oasis and a salty sea

The valley that is home to Rancho Mirage is surrounded by deserts, desert wildlife, and nature preserves. The Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve is open to the public and home to the endangered fringe-toed lizard, coyotes, bobcats, owls, and sparrows. In spring, the preserve is dotted with wildflowers, but you can find them any time of year if you look carefully. South of Rancho Mirage is the Salton Sea, an inland saline lake that creates an eerie and enchanting backdrop for the shorebirds that visit in winter.