Why Palm Springs?

WEATHER

The weather is fabulous in Palm Springs because of one reason - the San Jacinto Mountains. Rising nearly vertically 9,000 feet beside Palm Springs, it is one of the steepest climbs in North America and the reason why the rain (and pollution) in Los Angeles can`t get here!  With an abundance of sun and perfect weather, it promotes a since of peach and tranquility like no other.

 

GOLF

What Skiing is to Aspen and Gambling is to Las Vegas, Golf is to Palm Springs. With over a hundred golf courses and tournaments (Skins Game, Nabisco Dinah Shore), beautiful Palm Springs is truly the Golf Capitol of the World!

 

CLOSE TO BEACHES

Most people don`t realize that the beautiful ocean waters of Newport and Laguna Beach are a short 90 minute drive from Palm Springs! It`s a great way to experience the best of both Southern California worlds!

 

CASINOS

Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley boast some of the newest and most beautiful casinos in all of Southern California. Here you will enjoy the new Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs, Casino Morongo, Fantasy Springs Casino, Agua Caliente Casino, and Spotlight 29 Casino.

 

ARTS & FESTIVALS

Located at the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Annenberg Theater is a state-of-the-art 433-seat theater with nearly perfect acoustics, home to vibrant performances of jazz, dance, comedy, classical and contemporary vocal groups, and chamber ensembles.

The McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts in Palm Desert has been widely acclaimed for its variety of events, superb acoustics and state-of-the-art sound system. Some of the recent performers at the 1,127-seat McCallum Theatre include Macy Gray, Tracy Byrd, David Copperfield, Gladys Knight, Art Garfunkel, Tony Bennett and Sheryl Crow.

 

SHOPPING

El Paseo Known as the Rodeo Drive Of The Desert, El Paseo is a unique shopper`s paradise located in the heart of Palm Desert. Here you will find over 300 delightful discoveries including fashion, accessories, dining, home furnishings, jewelry and art.

Palm Canyon Drive, home of the Palm Springs Walk of Stars and beautifully lined with majestic palm trees continuously lit in a wrapping of sparkling lights, Palm Canyon Drive (and Indian Canyon Drive beside it) features a goldmine of art galleries, restaurants, pubs and every kind of shop. Thursday nights are a must when the street is closed to traffic and more than 200 booths are set up selling beautiful art, handcrafted items and unique food.

 

DESERT HOT SPRINGS

In the foothills, overlooking Palm Springs, only minutes from downtown, rich, healing mineral spring water feeds 22 boutique, mineral spa resorts. Desert Hot Springs has the only aquifer of thermal, mineral spring water in southern California. The rich pools of thermal, mineral springs can be enjoyed at any one of Desert Hot Springs at 22 boutique resorts, most with day passes available.

 

TENNIS

The BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, the largest ATP World Tour and WTA combined event, draws sell-out crowds every spring to watch the world’s top tennis players compete.

 

HIKING

Hiking in the Coachella Valley offers a wide variety of scenic adventures. From the desert to the pines, there are hikes to suit every mood.

 

LIVING DESERT

Magnificent cats. Howling wolves. Breathtaking botanical gardens. Stroll, hike, dine and shop amid 1200 acres of scenic trails and exhibits. When you visit the African wildlife exhibits at The Living Desert, you will see some of the most unique and fascinating fauna found in what most people think as the “wasteland” of the world: the desert.

 

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

The nearly 800,000 acre park encompasses some of the most interesting geologic displays found in California`s deserts. Arroyos, playas, alluvial fans, bajadas, pediments, desert varnish, granites, aplite, and gneiss interact to form a giant desert mosaic of immense beauty and complexity.

 

PALM SPRING AERIAL TRAMWAY

No trip to Palm Springs is complete without a ride up the TRAM! Ascend 8,000 in the world`s largest rotating tramcars. It is forty degrees colder at the top and a completely different world (more like the Smokey Mountains) than Palm Springs below. Great hiking, horse back riding, in winter, cross country skiing and, of course, incredible views.

 

ARCHITECTURE

Since the 1920’s, visionary modernist architects have designed sleek, modern homes that have embraced the desert environment. The dramatic geographic surroundings of the Coachella Valley inspired a design aesthetic in the middle of the 20th Century now called Desert Modernism.

Notable for its use of glass, clean lines, natural and manufactured resources and indoor/outdoor spaces, Desert Modernism evoked a lifestyle of simple elegance and informality. Influenced by the dictates of desert living and the intense climate, the style grew out of the architects and designer`s adaptive use of inventive materials, modern construction techniques, new (post-war) technologies...and served an enthusiastic and willing clientele.