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About Palm Springs

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Palm Springs, California lies on the western edge of the Coachella Valley within the Colorado Desert. Located approximately 110 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 140 miles northeast of San Diego, the city enjoys that iconic California weather, seeing more than 350 days of sunshine with less than 5 inches of rain. This sun-drenched desert oasis vacation destination is returning to its glory days as a Hollywood playground, a central gathering spot for modern architectural design aficionados, musicians and artists drawn by nature’s inspiration, and an increasing crowd of cool-seekers. See you soon!

 

Heritage

The city doesn't only have modern day relevance, but has rich history. The area was settled by the Agua Caliente Cahuilla Indians, and so much of their lives can be found and explored within the city. You can experience the beauty and culture of this group by taking a ranger-led tour and maze through the ancient palm groves, and exploring the streams and waterfalls at Indian Canyons or Tahquitz Canyon. You can also learn about the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians through exhibitions, collections, research, and educational programs at the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum in downtown Palm Springs. Many travelers also make time to indulge in the hot mineral waters at The Spa at Spa Resort Casino. You can also attend the annual Native FilmFest in March starring Native Americans and other indigenous people, or enjoy daily gaming, golfing and entertainment at the Spa Resort Casino and the Indian Canyons Golf Resort. 

  

Popular Attractions

Palms Springs is popular not just for its heritage, but also its wealth of attractions. When you visit, look forward to The Palm Springs Art Museum, Wet'n'Wild Palm Springs, Palm Springs Air Museum and the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum. There's also Palm Springs Walk of Stars, Knott's Soak City, Ruddy's General Store Museum, Palm Springs Historical Society, Cabazon Dinosaurs, Palm Springs Mod Squad (Architecture Tours) and the Cabot Old Indian Pueblo Museum. As you can tell, if you're a fan of history and culture, you'll definitely fall in love with this city. 

 

Outdoor Fun

With gorgeous weather and unparalleled views, Palm Springs is a hikers paradise. There are literally hundreds of trails all across the Coachella Valley to explore. Some well-known paths include: Palm Springs Art Museum Trail, and the Araby Trail past Bob Hope’s House. There's also a number of other options for outdoor fun:

 

1. Visit the gardens - Moorten Botanical Gardens

This historic landmark has been around since 1938, and has been a favorite of everyone who visits. This living plant museum is home to thousands plants here plus a “Cactarium,” which is loaded with cacti and succulents.

 2. Take a walking Tour

Whether you’re interested in learning about modernism, Palm Springs’ history, desert flora, or all about great food, a walking tour is a wonderful way to experience the best desert life has to offer while getting you up and moving too. 

3. See the view from the Tram

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is possibly the city’s best known attraction. You’ll ascend two and a half miles to the peak of Mt. San Jacinto in the world’s largest rotating tram car, and wander along the top of the world and take in the views, or bring your gear and commit to a hike along one of the wilderness trails at the top. If you’re looking to relax instead, sit outside and sip a cool drink or treat yourself to lunch or dinner in Peaks Restaurant, The Lookout Lounge or the Pines Café. 

3. Walk the desert in Indian Canyons

Indian Canyons lies at the south end of Palm Springs on native land owned and managed by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. You’ll have access to numerous hiking trails which include river access and even waterfalls if the time of year is right.  Lush palm groves provide shady spots to rest or picnic. You’ll also find unique and stunning desert photo ops if you’re looking to flex your photography muscles.

4. Thousand Palms Oasis

There are so many other beautiful sights to see in the Coachella Valley. Thousand Palms Oasis at the Coachella Valley Preserve is a gorgeous stop where you can seek shade in the lush green oasis of palm trees ringing a natural spring. You can also take any one of several trails that lead out from the oasis and enjoy a desert hike. 

5. See Sunnylands

Formerly the Annenberg family home and compound, this historic complex known as Sunnylands is a massive estate on acres of beautiful lush land. Former ambassadors, the Annenbergs entertained presidents, royalty, celebrities, and international leaders here. The Annenberg family trust now runs meetings, retreats and conferences devoted to international understanding. Book early for a small group tour of the unbelievable modernist home, and a driving tour of the gardens and grounds (which includes a private golf course).  

6. The Living Desert

If learning about desert flora and fauna is more your speed, head to Palm Desert where you’ll find the zoo-like Living Desert. See the gorgeous gardens laid out across easy to walk pathways, stop in at the Wildlife Hospital and check out any animals undergoing checkups or treatment, or just marvel at the vast variety of animals and plants in the facility’s care.Of course a stroll down Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs is also a nice way to get to know the city. Explore hundreds of shops and services, then take a break in one of the popular restaurants or eateries along the way. Enjoy the perfect weather while it lasts by getting outside and taking in some of the amazing sights Palm Springs has to offer.

 

Dining

A cultural hub, Palm Springs is no stranger to world-class cuisine. Look forward to international influences, and flavors from Hawaii, Thailand, France and Italy. Common dining treasures include: El Mirasol Cocina Mexicana, Thai Smile Palm Springs, Johnny Costa's Ristorante and Sammy G's Tuscan Grill. There's also Rooster And The Pig, Fisherman's Market & Grill, Johannes and 533 Viet Fusion. Plus, there's no shortage of breweries and wineries such as La Quinta Brewing Co. Old Town Taproom and Hair of the Dog.

 

Campgrounds and Parks

Palm Springs is home to a number of great RV parks, and for good reason: attractions, the weather, the location, the people, the food and the natural terrain are breathtaking. The Happy Traveler RV Park is one the area's best campgrounds, boasting a prime location on the base of the San Jacinto Mountains, within walking distance to the beautiful downtown area with its excellent nightlife, restaurants and shopping.  At the same time, the park is within a quiet and secluded area with amenities such as full hookups, picnic tables, and cable TV, and a common area featuring a pool and spa. And the Happy Traveler RV Park isn't the only great campground; the city draws an endless stream of outdoor enthusiasts each year, so there's no shortage of great parks, each offering world-class amenities and a different atmosphere to cater to the different type of campers coming in each day!

 

With so much to experience and see in this spectacular city, you'll want to come back year after year! Hope to see you soon!