Palm Springs has well earned its place as a Top 25 Travelers Choice US destination. Beautifully placed at the base of the majestic San Jacinto Mountains, Palm Springs has both a Hollywood legacy and a Native American Heritage that is reflected in the magical spirit of the town, the homes of the stars and the mid-century modern architecture.
The streets of Palm Springs are enticing, inviting you to explore the many galleries, museums, shops and restaurants. Coupled with the warm year round climate and dry desert heat of summer, Palm Springs is the perfect destination for sun-seekers all year round.
Fun in the Sun
Palm Springs is a true desert playground offering its visitors an abundance of activities. For a day of shopping, explore the Downtown and Uptown Design Districts with shops ranging from modern to antique stores. The Backstreet Art District is bustling with galleries and studios. Take a tour around the residential areas to experience the mid-modern architecture of Palm Springs and possibly spot a celebrity on a Celebrity Home Tour. Palm Springs is home to many world-class museums, showcasing Art, History and Culture with a special museum for the kids, Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert. For a change of scenery visit the nearby desert cities including Rancho Mirage, Desert Hot Springs, Palm Desert, Indian Wells and La Quinta.
The Wonder of Nature
The San Jacinto Mountains make Palm Springs the perfect destination for outdoor adventure with many scenic trails, including the Indian Canyons. The famous Palm Springs Aerial Tramway takes you to a pristine wilderness atop Mount San Jacinto. Complete your trip with a visit to Joshua Tree National Park, about one hour from Palm Springs. There are both guided and self-guided hikes. Closer to town is the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in Palm Desert where you can take a journey through the Deserts of the World. The Moorten Botanical Garden and Cacturium in Palm Springs is also a worthwhile visit.
End your day with a massage at one of the many spas, to rejuvenate you for a night experience of Palm Springs. The dining opportunities are endless from upmarket bistros to alfresco dining under starlit skies. Try your hand at gambling at the Agua Calienta Casino or the Spa Resort Casino located on the original Palm Springs Hot Springs. Villagefest takes place every Thursday when downtown becomes an outdoor festival with live entertainment and over 200 booths of local arts and crafts.
Plan your trip around one of Palm Spring’s many festivals. The Palm Springs International Film Festival is held in January, The Arthur Lyons Film Festival in May and the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films in June. For food lovers, the Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week in June invites you to 10 days of experiencing diverse cuisine at over 100 local restaurants.
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Palm Springs is truly like no place else.