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Palm Springs Rundown

If you want to visit California but are tired of Hollywood and the urban scene of Los Angeles, you should take a drive or catch a flight to Palm Springs. This desert town has an artsy, old-Hollywood style that contrasts beautifully with its serene surroundings: Painted Desert and St. Jacinto Mountain. You can peruse posh Las Palmas, a famous celebrity neighbourhood pre-dating Beverly Hills, and see the homes of stars from the 1940s through the1960s. After that, stop at the Smoke Tree Stables and take a horseback tour of the Palm Springs desert.

If you are more adventurous, you can stay at the Sea Mountain Nude Resort and enjoy this couples’ and women-only spa. While you are there you can play a round of golf at the Desert Dunes Golf Club or visit the nearby Palm Springs Art Museum, but put your clothes back on before leaving the spa! Whether you are a patron of the arts, a ‘naturalist’, or simply enjoy ruggedly beautiful nature, you are sure to love Palm Springs.

Palm Springs Top 10

10. Palm Canyon Drive offers a variety of shops, eateries and local Palm Springs landmarks.

5. See the wildlife and breathtaking scenery of the Palm Springs desert and San Andreas Fault at the Coachella Valley Preserve.

9. VillageFest is a cool little street fair with street performers for a classic hippy market experience.

4. The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum features archaeological artefacts and cultural exhibits related to the Cahuilla Indian tribe.

8. Knott's Soak City Waterpark is a refreshing, family-friendly water park spanning more than 20 acres with plenty of water slides and rides.

3. The Agua Caliente Indian Canyons offer a view of the glorious desert and its wildlife via hiking and horseback trails.

7. Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort is one of the many celebrated courses in Palm Springs.

2. Palm Springs Art Museum has a variety of fine art and architectural exhibits, including glass works and a sculpture garden.

6. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is one of the best ways to see all of Palm Springs. You can view the desert and the mountains as well as everything in between on one grand tour.

1. The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies are a group of feisty senior-citizen performers who entertain the masses with musical and dance performances reminiscent of the 1940s through the 1970s.

Palm Springs History

  • Agua Caliente Indian Reservation – Established in 1896 by the US government.
  • McCallum Adobe – The oldest building in Palm Springs, built in 1884.
  • Palm Canyon Trading Post – Learn about the history, art, and culture of the Agua Caliente Indians.
  • Andreas Canyon – This canyon contains centuries-old mortars and metates used for preparing food.
  • Palm Spring Air Museum – Features the US’s largest collection of WWII flying aircraft.

Palm Springs Art & Culture

  • Palm Springs Art Museum – Features paintings from artists like Picasso and Matisse and a sculpture courtyard.
  • Plaza Theatre – Home to the popular theatre company, The Fabulous Palm Spring Follies.
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival -- One of the largest film festivals in North America and held each January.
  • Oasis Hotel – Distinctive art-deco building designed by Lloyd Wright, son of Frank Lloyd Wright.
  • Sinatra House – Designed by the famous Palm Springs architect E. Stewart Williams in the 1940s.

Palm Springs Shopping

  • Palm Canyon Drive – The most famous shopping strip in the historic centre of Palm Springs.
  • Dazzles – Previously a motel, this store now sells antique treasures.
  • VillageFest – Shoppers flock to browse the vendors at this old-fashioned street fair.
  • Shops on El Paseo – This upscale shopping district features shops, boutiques, art galleries and restaurants.
  • Estate Sale Store I and II – These stores on East Palm Canyon Drive sell excellent secondhand clothing and items.

Palm Springs Gay & Lesbian

  • Cheeky’s – Enjoy classic breakfast and brunch dishes like pancakes, eggs and bacon at this gay-friendly spot.
  • Triangle Inn Palm Springs – Keeping clothes on or off is your choice at this popular hotel catering to gay men.
  • Toucan's Tiki Lounge – This fun dance club features drag shows on Sundays.
  • StreetBar – Stiff drinks and a Sunday drag show are found at this lively gay bar.
  • Hunters – Love it or hate it, this popular Palm Springs gay nightclub packs a crowd.

Palm Springs Outdoors

  • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway – This tram carries you high into the San Jacinto Mountains.
  • Tahquitz Canyon – See waterfalls and pools in the desert in this beautiful area.
  • Joshua Tree National Park – Hike your way through the Little San Bernardino Mountains to Joshua Tree National Park.
  • Coachella Valley Preserve – See desert flora and fauna in a network of sand dunes.
  • Moorten Botanical Garden Showplace – Cacti are featured at this garden established in 1939.

Palm Springs Sports

  • Rent a bike from Palm Springs Bicycles to ride around town or even farther.
  • Watch a tennis match at the BNP Paribas Open held in March.
  • Play golf at the picturesque PGA West Greg Norman Golf Course.
  • Trek through Mount San Jacinto State Park.
  • Catch an amateur baseball game at the Palm Springs Stadium.

Palm Springs Events

    The Village of Palm Springs is a self-paced walking tour of various historical inns along Ramon Road and Tahquitz Canyon Way in Palm Springs. Some of these elegant hotels were built more than a century ago.

    You can attend the annual Palm Springs if you go to Palm Springs in April. This is an important fundraiser for HIV and AIDS research. Be sure show up dressed entirely in white.

    Desert Concours d’Elegance is a yearly classic, antique and exotic auto show in Palm Springs that features auctions and races.

    Arthur Lyons’ Film Noir Festival is perfect for those who enjoy this film genre. It is held each May in Palm Springs and features a variety of lesser-known classic and vintage noir films.

    Tour de Palm Springs is a fundraising bike tournament held every year in July. It is among the largest of its kind and raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for local nonprofit organizations and charities.

    Restaurant Week is a culinary event hosted every July in Palm Springs. Sponsored by several local eateries, it is the perfect opportunity to sample gourmet foods at budget prices.

    The December Festival of Lights Parade is a festive holiday event in Palm Springs. This nighttime parade features floats covered in lights that illuminate the entire city.

    The Tree Lighting Ceremony at Aerial Tramway is a special event in December where a celebrity tree lighter kicks off the holidays in Palm Springs and the local high school choir sings songs of the season.

    The Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films is the second largest event of its kind in the world, and it is endorsed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Many leaders in the film industry attend every August.

    Palm Springs International Film Festival, held every January, is one of the most prominent film festivals in its category, and this black-tie event attracts famous people from all over the country.

    When To Go

    There is no bad time to visit Palm Springs due to the year-round warmth and sunshine. The summers are hot and dry, and the winters are mild.

    October through December are the coolest months in Palm Springs with high temperatures from 66-87°F (1830°C and the lows around 44-61°F. The hottest months are July through September with highs around 100 °F (37-38°C) and the lowsaround 75°F 23-24°C).

    There is very little rainfall in Palm Springs. The average annual precipitation is around 15 centimetres.

    Getting There

    Palm Springs International Airport is the main airport for Palm Springs, California. You can book flights with most major US airlines, a few Canadian airlines or some private charter companies through this facility. It is located right in the centre of the city.

    Amtrak has a train station in Palm Springs that provides service to several major metropolitan stations in California and Arizona. You will need to find transportation to the station, as there is no special shuttle.

    Palm Springs, like many big cities in California, is very pedestrian and bike friendly. Getting around by foot is quite easy, and the main roads have bike lanes. If you prefer four wheels, you can get around by limo, taxi or private vehicle.

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Hotels in Palm Springs

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1 Palm Mountain Resort and Spa

3 stars
4.3 / 5 4 reviews

155 South Belardo St. Map

Save 10% on your stay

Palm Mountain Resort and Spa provides you all the modern facilities and conveniences for a wonderful and enjoyable vacation. GeneralBanquets, conferences, parties, weddings and board meetings are... More

nice stay
Entrance hidden by some construction, but after we found it, it was great ! ;)
1 Oct 2014
From US$96

2 Hyatt Palm Springs

4 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

285 North Palm Canyon Drive Map

Incl Full Breakfast for 2, Tkts to Aerial Tramway

Featuring stylish spaces and contemporary furnishings housed in an atrium-style property, Hyatt Palm Springs offers a classy retreat for discerning corporate and leisure travellers in Palm Springs.... More

Rest and relaxation
Wonderful welcoming we felt like regulars. Late check in with 2 minutes before room service closed and they were happy to accomadate us with good food. Price was cost effective for the lovely room...
21 Dec 2014
From US$57

3 Desert Hot Springs Spa Hotel

4 stars
2.9 / 5

10805 Palm Drive Map

Desert Hot Springs Spa Hotel is a family-owned property teeming with comfortable spaces and up-to-date facilities housed in a mid-century contemporary architecture highlighted by beautiful palms... More

From US$71

4 Hampton Inn & Suites Palm Desert, CA

3 stars
4.0 / 5 3 reviews

74-900 Gerald Ford Drive Map

Free On The House hot breakfast, Wi-Fi

Hampton Inn & Suites Palm Desert, CA is an ideal place to stay while travelling to Palm Desert, or anywhere else in the Coachella Valley, with its welcoming ambience and the friendly staff. ... More

Golf Getaway
The staff was friendly, check in only took about 5 minutes, plenty of parking around the hotel . The room was clean but the walls are thin. 5 to 10 minutes drive to shopping or restaurants there...
12 Oct 2014
From US$93

5 Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa

4 stars
3.0 / 5 1 reviews

44-600 Indian Wells Lane Map

Includes Breakfast for 2, 2pm late checkout

The 25-acre Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa welcomes travellers to luxurious accommodations and spa oasis in Palm Springs. While on an Indian Wells vacation, tourists can see wild animals... More

After X-mas getaway
Hotel just wasnt I expected. Thought because of the price in the 200's that it would be alot nicer, I was disappointed. Room was average and noisey. TV only had hotel chennels, I guess there was a...
29 Dec 2013
From US$127

6 JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

4 stars
3.0 / 5 1 reviews

74-855 Country Club Drive Map

Rate includes breakfast

Featuring excellent service, high standards of comfort and a friendly atmosphere, this Desert Springs A JW Marriott Resort and Spa Palm Desert is an ideal place to reside for both business as well... More

Awesome getaway
Service was Excellent. !!!! I will definitely be back....
1 Jul 2015
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7 Caliente Tropics Resort

3 stars
4.3 / 5 24 reviews

411 E. Palm Canyon Dr. Map

Save 15% on your stay

Caliente Tropics Resort Palm Springs offers holidaymakers a slice of Polynesian Island life in the Californian desert with its Tiki-styled accommodations. From the hotel, tourists can discover Palm... More

A Good Nights Sleep
I needed a quite, clean, comfortable room in a pet friendly hotel. That is exactly what I got at Caliente Tropic. I would stay there again.
6 Apr 2015
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8 Riviera Palm Springs A Noble House Resort

4 stars
4.7 / 5 3 reviews

1600 N Indian Canyon Dr Map

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Riviera Palm Springs - A Noble House Resort welcomes discerning holidaymakers with deluxe accommodations and up-to-date facilities set on expansive greens in Palm Springs. While on holiday,... More

Great staff
Great staff...enjoyed the stay! Can't wait to come back soon.
22 Aug 2014
From US$85

9 Embassy Suites La Quinta - Hotel & Spa

3 stars
4.3 / 5

50-777 Santa Rosa Plaza Map

Free cooked-to-order breakfast, Evening Reception

Featuring an outstanding location and exceptional services, the Embassy Suites La Quinta - Hotel & Spa is an intimate retreat for discerning travellers in the city of Palm Springs. GeneralThis... More

From US$66

10 Miracle Springs Resort and Spa

4 stars
4.0 / 5 2 reviews

10625 Palm Drive Map

Miracle Springs Resort & Spa creates a tranquil retreat for weary travellers looking for a quiet haven amidst natural attractions and recreation sites. While in this Desert Hot Springs property,... More

2 May 2014
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