Palm Springs Overview
The desert city and resort of Palm Springs is an attractive holiday town nestled at the base of the majestic San Jacinto Mountains in the Coachella Valley. Its year round sunshine, abundant golf courses, casinos, outdoor pursuits and majestic setting make it a popular place to escape. It’s an easy destination to get around and is very pedestrian friendly with most hotels within easy reach of dining, shopping, museums and entertainment.
Spirits are kept bright with sunshine about 350 days a year. Winter highs reach the 70’s and spring and fall temperatures rise to the perfect 80’s. Summer days are perfect for morning golf and a stress-fee relaxed pace. Magical summer nights lure visitors outdoors to dine, dance and play under starry, balmy skies.
Palm Springs is the perfect getaway for travellers seeking outdoor adventure, luxurious resorts, boutique hotels, pampering spas, legendary golf courses, a modern artist community and unique nightlife experiences. The destination is located about two hours from Los Angeles and San Diego.
Top Attractions in Palm Springs
Take to the sky on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, a unique rotating tramcar that sweeps you up the dramatic cliffs of Chino Canyon to an alpine wonderland atop Mt San Jacinto. Perfect for cool summer hiking or snowy pursuits in the winter, you’ll find spectacular views all year round.
Hiking opportunities abound and include the ancient and pristine Indian Canyons, the grand Palm Canyon, the intimate Andreas Canyon, the meandering Murray Canyon and the gentle upward slope of Tahquitz Canyon, where your hike ends at a spectacular waterfall. Nearby Joshua Tree National Park is also perfect for those seeking to hike ‘Jumbo Rocks’ or search for desert wildflowers, or there’s Anza-Borrego which lies an hour from Palm Springs where you’ll discover desert hiking and a dramatic wildflower season.
The animals and plants on show at the extraordinary Living Desert Zoo & Gardens shed light on the amazing adaptions that make it possible to survive in the desert’s harsh environment. There’s an incredible array of desert plants and animals too – cool morning tends to be the best time to see animals in action, so come early if you can.
For those keen to get in touch with their cultural side, the Palm Springs Art Museum fits the bill. Alternatively, take a stroll through the dozen or so artist-owned galleries and working studios of the Backstreet Art District. In addition, there’s the Palm Springs Air Museum, home to one of the world’s largest collection of flyable WWII aircraft.
If golf is your game, welcome to paradise! Top professionals have designed championship courses in the region including La Quinta’s PGA West Golf Club & Resort and Indian Wells Golf Resort. The desert-scented air, the views and the sunshine are as much a part of the experience as the game itself and it’s easy to see why this is one of the most celebrated golf destinations in the country.
The downtown and uptown Design District offer a vast collection of modern retailers, fashion boutiques, art galleries and antique shops, sure to suit all shopaholics. Not to be missed is the vibrant Villagefest street fair, held every Thursday evening in downtown Palm Springs, with artwork, handmade crafts, tasty street food and lively street music.