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Palm Springs feels like an escape from the hustle and bustle of big city life. A two-hour drive from Los Angeles, it has golden California sunshine, blue skies, dry desert air and regal mountains wrapping around a plush green valley.
Decades ago, the city became famous as a winter getaway for Hollywood stars. Today, you'll find spas and golf courses, gated country clubs, sprawling resorts and modest ranch-style homes. The city's 1960s-era Hollywood stardust feel is set against the backdrop of the breathtaking Little San Bernardino and Santa Rosa mountains.
While the number of permanent residents sits around 45,000, the population nearly doubles in the winter months when visitors flock to their vacation homes.
Once home to the most swimming pools in the U.S., Palm Springs is now home to more golf courses per square mile than almost anywhere else in the world. In Palm Springs, rest, relaxation and recreation are key.
If you're a traveller who wants to fill your days with tee times and spa treatments, this destination is perfect for you. Take your pick from more than 20 hot spring facilities and dozens of soothing day spas that will melt your tensions away.
If you enjoy the outdoors and getting up at dawn, you'll love Palm Springs' hiking, biking and horseback riding trails. Plan ahead to make sure you have time to the area's many natural wonders, including groups of palm trees at Andreas Canyon, gushing waterfalls at Taquitz Falls and snowy peaks on Mount San Jacinto.
The city of Palm Springs covers 246 sq. km, but it is only one of eight cities nestled in a tight cluster known collectively as the Palm Springs Desert Resorts. The other cities are Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Indio, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Desert Hot Springs and Indian Wells.
When you visit, you'll discover that driving in Palm Springs is very easy. Stick to Route 111, the 40-km stretch that connects you with other cities in the region and you'll discover many gems along the way. Some must-see highlights include El Paseo's boulevard of designer shops in Palm Desert, the historical Spanish architecture in Old Town La Quinta and Shields Date Garden in Indio.
Palm Springs is a fantastic destination for:
- shopping and dining
- spa and wellness
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