While it’s undeniable that the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival put Indio on the map back in 1999, there is so much more to this desert city of almost 90,000 residents.  Located 23 miles east of Palm Springs in the eastern area of the Coachella Valley, its nickname is “City of Festivals”.

In addition to Coachella, the Stagecoach country music festival with the who’s who of country music taking stage shares the same setting at the Empire Polo Club.  In the fall of 2016, the “Desert Trip” event was also held here, bringing together music royalty such as The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and The Who. Other popular events include the Riverside County Fair, National Date Festival, Southwest Arts Festival and International Tamale Festival. Combined, these festivals draw more than a million visitors annually.

For folks wishing to enjoy the quite side of Indio, other attractions include the Coachella Valley History Museum, which pays homage early pioneers who helped develop the desert cities we enjoy today. There’s also the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians Cultural Museum, the General George S. Patton Memorial Museum and the Coachella Valley Wild Bird Center that rehabilitates orphaned, injured or sick native birds, with the goal of releasing them back into their natural habitats. Considered the date capital of the world, one must visit the Oasis Date Gardens, a 175-acre working date garden home to the Medjool and a distribution network that spans from the Far East to Europe.

Indio, a city that celebrates shared cultures is the largest and one of the fastest growing cities in the Coachella Valley.

Click here to visit the City of Indio website.