If Indio’s residents from over a century ago could see their prized railroad city now, they’d no doubt wonder what the heck was going on: like most cities and towns on Earth, Indio’s seen no small amount of change over the years and has undergone a considerable transformation.
What was once a city that centered around travel and trade (and, later on, military) became somewhat of a hub for tourists and lovers of a good time: present day Indio is chock-full of fairs and festivals with the city’s ‘serious’ side seeming to have taken a backside. Still, as was always the case, Indio has a little something for everyone.
Fun times in Indio
Before delving into some of the city’s specific events and attraction, we ought to take note of the music in the area: for a number of years, the desert valley has held a gathering called the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
Aside from the plain old good time that everyone can have there, the Festival is notable for the astounding number of popular performers it has hosted over the years: from Red Hot Chili Peppers to Radiohead, the city and its surrounding area have seen its fair share of celebrities. Those familiar with the city’s storied history probably won’t be surprised by the city’s relevance, although newcomers might wonder how a smaller desert city can attract so many notable individuals.
Truly, there are too many festivals in Indio to mention: after all, the city wasn’t officially nicknamed “The City of Festivals” for no reason. Besides great music performers, Indio also boasts a through-and-through country festival called the County Fairgrounds – lovers of rodeo and similar events will feel right at home here so long as they can align their visit in line with the fair.
Let’s also not forget the gambling: Native Americans know how to set up a poker table and Indio’s two Native casinos are open year-round and can always be counted on to provide quality gaming opportunities to those with full pockets.
Present day Indio’s business side
Of course, while you can have a great time in the quaint Californian city, Indio is far from being a town-sized version of a fun fair. In line with its old status as a business hub, the trade of present-day Indio is in full swing and the city is either a permanent or temporary home to many traders.
Other than tourism, agriculture is also another important source of income for residents of Indio and it has its fair share of large crop fields that pave the way to some major exporting, proving that Indio would be just fine even in the absence of a ‘tourist destination’ label.
And what about paying homage to history? If you’re curious about Indio’s earlier days, think about visiting the Coachella Valley History Museum: as opposed to just covering Indio’s history, the museum specializes in keeping records for the entire valley and will give you a great look into how the city’s pioneers made it great. Also, be sure to check out Indio’s murals – many residents think of these pieces of art as integral to the city’s character and strongly advise each visitor to check out as many of them as possible.