Palm Springs

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Overview

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:

  • golf
  • shopping and dining
  • spa and wellness

Destination basics

Famous for its warm, dry desert weather and sunshine, Palm Springs averages more than 350 sunny days a year. It gets less than 13 cm of rain annually. January and February are the wettest months but even then, the average rainfall is less than 4 cm per month. There are rarely rained-out days here, making this city a golfer's dream.

Average annual temperatures range from 12 C to 26 C, but from June to September, temperatures can rise up to a blazing 35 C. The hot temperatures discourage some travellers, so these are the months when you'll often find the best deals.

When packing, bring layers and a light jacket for the evenings. After all, Palm Springs is located in a desert and temperatures can drop more than 15 C once the sun goes down.

Average monthly temperature and average monthly rainfall diagrams for Palm Springs

Palm Springs thrives on travellers who visit the valley to relax and indulge. Many visitors eventually become residents. Much like Florida, Palm Springs is a retirement hotspot.

Only two hours from Mexico, there's a large Hispanic population here. You can find plenty of authentic Mexican cuisine with tamales, enchiladas, chiles rellenos and, of course, margaritas.

Palms Springs is also a spa mecca. Almost every resort and hotel offers a lengthy treatment menu, from simple pedicures to lava shell massages to natural healing treatments.

Interestingly, Palm Springs' healing powers are a part of its history. The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians lived along the canyons of Palm Springs for centuries. They were allegedly named by a Spanish captain who came through the area, dipped his foot in one of the bubbling hot springs and exclaimed, "agua caliente!" or "hot water!" Since then, these same hot waters have attracted many visitors to the Palm Springs region.

In the late 19th century, Dr. Welwood Murray opened Palm Springs' first hotel, simply named The Palm Springs Hotel. Conveniently located across the road from an Agua Caliente Indian bathhouse, Murray's guests often took dips in the hot, curative waters warmed by the underground earthquake fault zones of the San Andreas Fault.

A few decades later, Dr. Harry and Nellie Coffman opened The Desert Inn, originally a sanatorium for patients whose recoveries were thought to progress better in the dry, desert climate. Later, the inn became a world-famous resort hotel catering to the wealthy, including millionaires like the Vanderbilts and the Hearsts.

Today, life in Palm Springs is still pretty relaxed. Maybe it's all the sunshine that keeps the locals warm and welcoming.

For years, Palm Springs has also been home to a large gay population, making it a very gay-friendly city and top destination for gay travellers.

It is advisable to carry some U.S. cash with you for general expenses. For entertainment and shopping, your credit card will give you the exchange rate at the time of purchase. There are also numerous ATMs inside banks and public spaces where you can withdraw funds at your convenience. Just be aware that transaction fees vary by ATM.

Palm Springs began by catering to the high-living Hollywood crowd, which made this town Los Angeles' desert retreat. For many years, the cuisine was predominately meat and potatoes or Italian, and while both of these cuisines still flourish, there is considerably more variety available today.

The Loop
Many of Palm Springs' best restaurants are found in The Loop, formed by North Palm Canyon Drive and Indian Canyon Drive. Everything from decades-old landmark dining essentials to opened-last-week hot spots can be found within easy walking distance. Many places urge reservations, but it's also tempting to simply wander between them until one strikes your fancy, fits your budget and has a table available without an extensive wait. The Loop also offers many casual eateries, diners, ice cream shops and coffeehouses, perfect for quick snacks or a reviving espresso.

The Kaiser Grille offers finely prepared dishes, some with an Italian flair. As with almost all restaurants, outside dining is available and provides a great perch for people watching.

Mexican food is a favorite, with a number of places thriving for years. One of the most fun spots is Las Casuelas Terraza, offering excellent food and live music most of the day. The festivities begin in the morning with table-strolling mariachis and carry on until late at night in the bar, which features a heated dance floor.

For a cheerful dining choice, the Blue Coyote Bar & Grill is a Southwestern restaurant with excellent outdoor dining and a kids menu, making it perfect for family dining.

Early risers should definitely pay a visit to Cheeky's, a legendary breakfast restaurant that serves up everything from waffles to Benedicts and alot of frequently changing specials.

Meanwhile, the five-star Le Vallauris offers French-influenced California cuisine in a French country patio atmosphere or a lush, chateau interior dining room, all just moments away from the Palm Canyon district.

Off The Loop
Searching for the spirit of famed Palm Springs resident Frank Sinatra? His old haunts include Riccio's and Melvyn's at the Ingleside Inn. If you hope to catch a glimpse of additional Hollywood stars, there's always a chance of celebrity spotting at Melvyn's, offering an extensive photo collection of famous diners.

Sherman's Deli is located off The Loop near the Palm Springs Art Museum, and serves up tasty breakfasts all day along with hearty sandwiches and classic American entrees.

For some poolside lounging and cooling cocktails, the Amigo Room at the Ace Hotel is a prime destination for the day or night.

Cathedral City
Heading out of Palm Springs along Highway 111, Cathedral City offers DISH Creative Cuisine, that offers up a truly contemporary dining experience to people looking for deliciously new dishes.

Rancho Mirage
Dining establishments are clustered along the stretch of Highway 111 in Rancho Mirage that is known as "Restaurant Row." Favorite spots along the row include Kobe Japanese Steak House, housed in a dramatic building re-creating a Japanese-style inn. Wally's Desert Turtle is another Rancho Mirage favorite, providing fine dining in an elegant atmosphere.

Whether you choose to dine in downtown Palm Springs or one of the surrounding desert cities, you are likely to find a delightful atmosphere and delicious cuisine. Enjoy your dining adventures in Palm Springs, where vigorous competition helps assure excellent quality and value throughout the city.

Located just 100 miles southeast of Los Angeles, Palm Springs is a booming community boasting 83 square miles of desert land and a current population of 45,000 people. Most visitors arrive by driving from Los Angeles via the Interstate 10, which runs along the north side of Coachella Valley.

Drivers generally take either the Indian Canyon Drive/Palm Springs exit, which gives an up-close view of the giant windmills, or the earlier Tramway exit. Coming in via the Tramway exit, there is a startlingly abrupt transition from pasty desert to brilliant, emerald-green lawns. This transition marks your entrance into the Racquet Club area of Palm Springs, which has catered to Hollywood stars since the mid-1930s.

Throughout all regions of Palm Springs and its surrounding desert cities, visitors enjoy an array of restaurants, shopping and top-notch attractions.

Downtown Palm Springs
Downtown Palm Springs, also called 'The Loop' and 'The Village', is where nearly every visitor to Palm Springs will spend a considerable amount of time, enjoying shopping, dining, as well as strolling and people-watching. The historic Village Green buildings are in this area as well as the Hyatt Palm Springs. This district also hosts dozens of restaurants, including the Kaiser Grille, as well as several gay nightclubs, among them Hunter's, which enjoys a worldwide reputation.

South Palm Springs
South Palm Springs is located along South Palm Canyon Drive and offers a mixture of moderately priced hotels, restaurants and residences. The Smoke Tree Ranch and Stables is located in this area, which is adjacent to the main portion of the Agua Caliente band of Cahuilla Indian Reservation, where the Indian Canyons, a popular hiking attraction, are located. The Indian Canyons Golf Resort is also in this area.

Palm Springs Residential Areas
One ritzy residential area is Little Tuscany, near the former Racquet Club, featuring many deluxe homes built in an Italian style. If you are on the Palm Springs Celebrity Tours, this area may be on your itinerary. Another stop for stargazing tours is the Las Palmas area, still the favorite haunt of many wealthy Palm Springs residents. Off-limits is the enclave of South Ridge, permanently patrolled and protected behind a locked gate. Comedian Bob Hope is the best-known occupant. Meanwhile, the Movie Colony area, also once popular with the Hollywood set, is now undergoing a renaissance of remodeling.

Desert Hot Springs
Like Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs began with warm water bubbling up out of the earth. Several hotels take advantage of this great natural gift, including the Miracle Springs Hotel and Spa, the Desert Hot Springs Spa Hotel and the Two Bunch Palms Resort and Spa. This community is located on the far side of Interstate 10, just northeast of downtown Palm Springs.

Cathedral City
Though the individual Chambers of Commerce do not like to admit it, the other desert cities surrounding Palm Springs tend to blend into each other along Highway 111. Unless you keep a sharp eye on the decorative markers, it may be difficult to know when you have left Palm Springs for Cathedral City.

The community of Cathedral City has several golf courses and some shopping. Much of the everyday business of nearby Palm Springs is transacted here. There are several good hotels, including the Desert Princess Palm Spring Golf Resort and some less-expensive options. The UltraStar Desert Cinema, with its large screen experience, is located here as well.

Rancho Mirage
Proceeding along Highway 111, Rancho Mirage blends into Cathedral City, offering abundant dining choices on "Restaurant Row." You will find Kobe Japanese Steakhouse and many others in this area. In addition, the Mission Hills Country Club and the Tamarisk Country Club are among the upscale offerings in this area.

Palm Desert & Indian Wells
Palm Desert features the deluxe shopping region of El Paseo, where fine stores offer art, clothing, crystal and more. In fact, this street is often called "The Rodeo Drive of the Desert", named after the famous Beverly Hills shopping district. In addition, The McCallum Theatre is located in the Palm Desert community, along with The Living Desert Wildlife and Botanical Park.

Just after Palm Desert, Indian Wells offers the Indian Wells Golf Resort, the Miramonte Resort and the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa. Exclusive residential communities abound as well.

La Quinta
Farther along 111, golf Mecca La Quinta hosts several private courses, including the PGA West Arnold Palmer Private Golf Course. There is the La Quinta Resort and the La Quinta Golf Course as well. Exclusive housing areas cling to the edges of the golf courses.

Indio
Serving as a gateway into the more agricultural portion of the Coachella Valley, Indio is the location for the annual Date Festival held at the Riverside County Fairgrounds. In addition, The Golf Club at Terra Lago is located in Indio. Indio is also well known for being the site of the famous Coachella Valley Music and Arts Annual Festival at the Empire Polo Club.

Throughout Palm Springs and its surrounding cities, visitors enjoy quality dining, luxurious resorts and world-famous golf courses. It's no wonder why this community consistently draws countless tourists from around the globe.

While Palm Springs is still relatively young in history, this desert community offers a vast array of entertainment options. Most notably, Palm Springs is world-famous for its luxurious golf courses. Yet, this city also features museums, dynamic theater presentations, upscale shopping districts and happening nightlife. Whether your preference is to visit a reserved museum or hip nightclub, you will not be disappointed with the entertainment found in the desert haven of Palm Springs.

Music & Theater
Since Palm Springs is located just a few hours away from the action of Hollywood, this desert community is often privy to top-name entertainment. In fact, numerous Hollywood stars hold a second residence or retire in the Palm Springs area. First-class musicians often perform at the McCallum Theater, a top-notch Palm Desert facility that hosts cultural and entertainment events. The Annenberg Theater at the Palm Springs Art Museum also hosts all kinds of performances throughout the year, from ballet to musicals, children's shows and more.

If first-class music and celebrity spotting is what you're after, there are few better places in the world than the Empire Polo Grounds in early spring for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and the Stagecoach Festival, which both bring globally famous musical acts to the valley for several weekends in a row. 

If you prefer ultra-modern theater, namely movies, visit the Desert IMAX Theater in Cathedral City. Boasting a giant screen that spans six stories in height, this popular establishment shows cutting edge 3-D movies.

Museums
Palm Springs also abounds with countless museums, each offering a captivating piece of Coachella Valley history. Visit the serene sculpture gardens at Palm Springs Art Museum. For some local history, Agua Caliente Cultural Museum features basketry and photographs of early settlers in the Coachella Valley, while the Palm Springs Air Museum boasts an expansive collection of historic aircrafts, often featuring air shows and other special events. If you have little ones, visit the Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert, which offers fun, interactive exhibits of science and archaeology.

Shopping
Another favorite pastime for many tourists is shopping, and Palm Springs does not disappoint with an abundance of upscale shopping venues. The Gardens on El Paseo is an exquisite complex of shops, hosting everything from pottery to sportswear. Meanwhile, El Paseo Shopping Avenue has been dubbed '"the Rodeo Drive of the desert". This shopping district offers an enticing combination of high-fashion clothing with delightful eateries.

Meanwhile, in Downtown Palm Springs there are many good shopping options, most especially local boutiques like Shag: The Store, Oooh La La! and Trina Turk. For amazing, one of a kind vintage finds, Déjà Vu can turn up all kinds of throwback clothing for both men and women.

Outdoor Activities
In addition to theaters, museums and shopping, Palm Springs also hosts a vast selection of outdoor attractions. This city's warm climate invites tourists to engage in activities of the great outdoors. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway takes visitors from lowland desert terrain to the top of Mount San Jacinto. Some guests simply ride the cable car for the incredible view of Coachella Valley, while others use the tramway as a route to outdoor activities at the mountaintop, including hiking trails and mule rides.

Beyond the tramway, the Coachella Valley offers scores of additional outdoor activities. The Living Desert highlights over 400 wildlife species in a desert environment of flora and fauna, while Wet 'n Wild offers a break from the desert heat, with water slides and inner tube activities.

Although the tramway and water park are favorite attractions, there is no argument about the most frequented outdoor establishments throughout the Coachella Valley. Golf reigns supreme in Palm Springs and its surrounding desert cities. Visit the exclusive PGA West golf complex in La Quinta, a course that has hosted the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. In Palm Springs proper, challenging and popular courses include Indian Canyons Golf Resort and Escena Golf Resort. In addition, do not forget the Tahquitz Creek Resort Course, designed by Ted Robinson.

Featuring theater, museums, golf, shopping and happening nightlife, Palm Springs is a memorable town for any tourist. From tame cultural experiences to upbeat, trendy spots, this town specializes in variety. So, bring your camera and your sunscreen, and get ready to enjoy the best sites of beautiful Palm Springs.

Palm Springs


State: California


Country: United States


Palm Springs by the Numbers

Population: 46,281
Elevation: 479 feet / 146 meters
Average Annual Rainfall: 4.97 inches / 126.2 millimeters
Average January Temperature: 58°F / 14°C
Average July Temperature: 93°F / 34°C


Quick Facts

Electricity: 110 volts, 60Hz, standard two pin plugs

Time Zone: Pacific Time, GMT-08:00

Country Dialing Code: +1

Area Code: 442, 760


Did You Know?

More than 2000 years ago, Palm Springs' first residents were the ancestors of today's Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.

Palm Springs has the most swimming pools per capita in the United States.


Orientation

Palm Springs is located in the Coachella Valley in Riverside County, California. The city is located about 107 miles (172 kilometers) east of Los Angeles and 123 miles (198 kilometers) northeast of San Diego.

Palm Spring is located in southern California and sits at 148 metres above sea level. It is sheltered by the Little San Bernardino Mountains to the north, the Santa Rosa Mountains to the south and the San Jacinto Mountains to the west.

With its combination of towering mountains and soft desert air, you'll feel humbled by Mother Nature in Palm Springs.

Palm Springs is 177 km southeast of Los Angeles and 225 km northeast of San Diego, about a two-hour highway drive to either city. It's on the western edge of the Coachella Valley, within the ecological area known as the Colorado Desert.

Palm Springs may have an international airport and Bob Hope's former home, but it's actually one of eight small cities within a 40-km radius that make up the Palm Springs Desert Resorts. The other cities are Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Indio, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Desert Hot Springs and Indian Wells.

Palm Springs is built over an aquifer and is home to more than 100 golf courses. It is more lush and green than you might expect for a desert. The surrounding mountains are also lined with numerous hiking trails.

Get to the top of the majestic 3,301-metre-tall Mount San Jacinto by riding up the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Also nearby are Joshua Tree National Park, the Salton Sea (California's largest lake) and a natural reserve where visitors can take jeep tours along the San Andreas Fault.

Luxury golf courses, hot springs and palm trees draw countless tourists and seasonal residents to the heavenly desert town of Palm Springs, located 100 miles southeast of Los Angeles. With 350 sunny days per year, according to Palm Springs' Chamber of Commerce, it's no surprise that both early and modern pioneers have flocked to this desert community.

Based on remains discovered in Morongo basin campsites, anthropologists estimate that native peoples resided in the Palm Springs area 10,000 years ago. These early Native American inhabitants made baskets and pottery, as well as employing a variety of plants for food and medicinal purposes. Using bows and arrows, the early tribes hunted deer, rabbits and other animals. The desert land offered survival for these early people for 1000 years. A long period of inactivity on the land followed, but this desert haven would not stay unoccupied forever.

In the late 1700s, Spanish conquests throughout California allowed for the expansion of Spain's empire into the Colorado Desert lands. Yet, in spite of the vast growth of Spanish dominance, the Cahuilla Indians remained in the Coachella Valley, embarking upon new trades of growing corn, squash and beans. However, by the mid-1800s, many Native Americans died from a smallpox epidemic, leaving a dense population of Cahuilla Indians in this territory.

Meanwhile, the United States government took an interest in the Coachella Valley and sent a survey party, led by William P. Blake, in 1853. Creating the first wagon route through the San Gorgonio Pass, Blake's expedition paved the way for additional parties to travel through the Palm Springs area. In fact, Palm Springs was added to the Bradshaw Stage Coach Line in 1872, serving as the stop between Prescott, Arizona, and Los Angeles, California. The Southern Pacific Railroad soon followed the stagecoach industry's lead, completing a railroad line through these desert lands in 1877. At this time, land sections around the railroad were divided, with Southern Pacific gaining ownership over some territories and the Native American tribes holding the remaining lands.

The fist permanent Anglo settler, Judge John Guthrie McCallum, bought land from Southern Pacific and built his home in the Palm Springs area in 1884. The McCallum Adobe still stands, now serving as the oldest remaining building in Palm Springs. Other settlers were not far behind and by the early 1900s, Palm Springs had a post office, hotel and several buildings. Numerous important institutions followed, including the first schoolhouse in 1914, and the first newspaper, named Desert Sun, in 1927. In 1928, the El Mirador Hotel opened as a gigantic facility, able to host 300 guests. Ruddy's General Store emerged in the 1930s, another building that is still standing today, now as a museum. The town also developed its first golf course, as well as tennis courts and a racquet club. Meanwhile, the adjacent town of Cathedral City became home to numerous gambling establishments.

The growth of Palm Springs led settlers to consider incorporation, forming a 30-man committee to lead the effort. This endeavor reached success in 1938. Just one year later, the town census indicated a total population of 5300 year-round settlers, with 8000 seasonal visitors.

World War II brought significant changes to Palm Springs, as the notable General Patton traveled to the desert with his troops for training sessions. Patton administered training drills in the Palm Springs area to prepare his troops for the North African desert invasions. During this time, the El Mirador Hotel was transformed into a hospital, serving wounded soldiers. An airfield was constructed as well, which would become the Palm Springs Airport.

The once-modest city of Palm Springs skyrocketed after World War II. Several Hollywood stars began to build houses in the area, including Kirk Douglas and Frank Sinatra. The beloved Bob Hope was appointed Honorary Mayor. In addition, Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Ford all visited this flourishing town.

Palm Springs continued to prosper, booming from one golf course in 1945 to over 85 golf courses now. Some of these courses are internationally famous, such as the Tahquitz Creek Resort Course, designed by Ted Robinson. In addition to golfing establishments, Palm Springs now boasts sophisticated city life, with upscale boutiques and extravagant restaurants.

From a little western town along the stagecoach line to a modern, cosmopolitan city, Palm Springs has achieved worldwide notoriety, with scores of travelers trekking long distances for seasonal visits to this desert sanctuary. Combining sunshine and style, the city of Palm Springs has emerged as one of California's top spots to visit. But don't take our word for it. Pack your golf clubs, tennis racquet and summer shorts, and get ready to bask in the Palm Springs sun.

You'll have a variety of transportation options open to you upon arriving in sunny Palm Springs. This desert resort area is a two-hour drive from Los Angeles and three hours from San Diego.

Car rentals here are easy to come by, with numerous major chains located just across the hallway from the Palm Springs International Airport baggage claim. You'll also find numerous taxi and limousine services, including Valley Cabousine which serves the airport.

In the Coachella region, give Mirage Taxi a call. But keep in mind that fares here are not easy on the pocket book. With regular prices around US$3 a mile, it might be more economical to rent your own car.

It's also worthwhile checking out the SunBus schedule – Palm Springs' local public transit line. The SunBus has numerous routes around the city, running approximately every five minutes from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Fares are affordable at just US$1 per person.

Of note, traffic here can be heavy during rush hour commutes and weekends, and is by far the busiest on the route from Palm Springs to LA and back. So long as you're staying in the Palm Springs region, you should have no problem getting around.

Arrival

Before taking off, you'll go through U.S. Customs in your city of departure. Once you land in Palm Springs, all you'll need to do is pick up your bags from the baggage claim area.

From baggage claim, you can walk across the hall and pick up your rental car (pre-booking is always recommended) or exit the airport and catch a taxi, limousine or bus. Many local hotels and resorts run courtesy shuttles to transport guests as well.

Departure

Palm Springs International Airport uses the California sun to its advantage, offering many outdoor waiting spaces for guests to relax before their flights. The airport is also home to a bright courtyard, as well as a children's play area.

You can check in and select your seat online in advance using WestJet's simple Web check-in service. When you arrive at the international departures counter, smiling WestJetters will greet you, up to three hours prior to your flight. While you wait, browse the concession stands and shops (including The PGA Tour Shop). Free Wi-Fi access is also available for those wishing to go online.

For decades, Palm Springs held the glamorous title as Hollywood's playground. Elvis and Priscilla, Lucy and Desi and most of the Rat Pack all called Palm Springs home at one time or another. To this day, Bob Hope's huge, mushroom-shaped home rests up in the hills above the glitzy streets below.

The city even has its own star-studded walk of fame down Palm Canyon Drive. Make sure to look for the stars of Marilyn Monroe, Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor. Also, keep an eye out for bronze statues. You'll find one of former mayor Sonny Bono and one of Palm Springs' most beloved former residents, Lucille Ball.

If you're a big fan of all things Hollywood, take a bus tour to see the celebrity homes. Then, grab a bite to eat at one of the many retro-themed restaurants.

For couples with a "hunka-hunka burning love," cuddle up in a suite at Elvis' Honeymoon Hideaway, where Elvis Presley carried Priscilla over the threshold on their wedding night.

The streets are easy to navigate here and you'll have no problem remembering their names. Most streets are named after stars like Gene Autry, Kirk Douglas and Dinah Shore.

Golf is the destination's current claim to fame. In fact, the sport has become such a popular pastime here, you'll often see yellow road signs warning drivers to mind crossing golf carts. In total, there are more than 100 public and private courses in the desert valley. Be sure to pack your clubs.

You'll also want to remember to save a little room in your suitcase. Palm Springs has great shopping. Discover treasures at antique shops and find deals at the outlet stores. On El Paseo, the Rodeo Drive of the desert, you'll find everything from Gucci to Burberry, often at discounted prices.

After you've rifled through designer labels, get out in the sunshine and enjoy Palm Springs' outdoor activities. Due to its desert location beside the mountains, you'll have plenty of outdoor adventures to try. Hike through canyons, walk along the San Andreas Fault or have a snowball fight atop Mount San Jacinto, all in the same day.

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