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Palm Springs Region

Photo by Christopher P. Baker

Palm Springs Region Itineraries

Perfect Weekend in Palm Springs

Hip and happenin' desert getaway

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Forget outdated tales about Palm Springs, California, being declassé. Hip and happenin’, this desert hot spot exudes newly compelling contemporary cool.

There aren’t many places where you can golf in the morning, go skiing or snowshoeing in the afternoon, and enjoy a cocktail by the pool in the same evening. Which explains why more than five million visitors descend on the Palm Springs region, where the summer never ends and the reinvigorated spirit feels as refreshing as an iced martini.

Nostalgia is a major factor for Palm Springs’ comeback. Today this desert oasis is ground zero in the worldwide modernist revival. Palm Springs’ share of more than two thousand Mid-Century Modernist homes and public buildings is a major draw. Meanwhile, the city’s modernist motels have been transformed into chic boutique hotels, while newcomers such as Arrive, Hard Rock, and Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar are furnished with ‘50s kitsch.

An easy 90-minute drive from Los Angeles, “Palm Springs” is actually understood as the entire Coachella Valley comprising eight “desert resort communities” (Desert Hot Springs, Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, and Indio) clustered at the foot of the San Jacinto Mountains, glistening with snow in the winter sunshine.

The region has transformed itself from a seasonal resort to a year-round vacation destination. There’s no shortage of activities and attractions. The dining is fabulous. Spas such as Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa and the Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort & Spa are among California’s best. The region boasts ritzy casinos, such as the Agua Caliente Casino and the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa. The world-class Palm Springs Air Museum thrills aviation and WWII buffs… The Palm Springs Art Museum earns raves as one of California’s top regional arts venues… And the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens enthralls nature lovers keen to learn about and experience desert ecology.

El Paseo gives Beverly Hill’s Rodeo Drive a run for its money in the quality and range of high-end shopping. And there’s no better place in the world than Palm Canyon Drive to shop for classic lava lamps or a Bertoia or Saarinen chair.

Seasonal events—from the haute couture Fashion Week and Bob Hope Desert Chrysler Golf Classic to the Coachella Music Festival and Palm Springs International Film Festival—are reason enough to visit. So, too, the more than one hundred lush green golf courses: There is no more quintessential image of Palm Springs region than an emerald greensward studded by palms and framed by mountains gloriously snowcapped in winter.

Forget any idea that the desert offers little to do and that it’s too darn hot to do it in any event. Wrong on both counts! The fabulous winter weather spells Nirvana for outdoorsy folks. Millions of visitors arrive every year just to hike the Indian Canyons or Coachella Valley Preserve… to ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to explore Mount San Jacinto State Park… or explore the spectacular desert landscapes of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Joshua Tree National Park.

You can even go ballooning or bicycling. Kids get to splash around at Knott’s Soak City. Palm Springs even caters to nudists.


What it Costs

Abstract Pricing at a Glance

Prices often fluctuate dynamically depending on capacity, seasonality and deals. We don’t want to lead you astray by quoting exact prices that quickly become wrong. To give you a rough idea for budgetary planning purposes, though, we have indicated general price ranges for all points of interest.

Price ranges are quoted in $US.

See & Do
N/A => Not applicable
Free
$ => Tickets less than $10 per person
$$ => Tickets $11-25 per person
$$$ => Tickets $26 per person

Sleep
$ => Rooms less than $100 for a double
$$ => Rooms $200–$300 for a double
$$$ => Rooms $300 for a double

Eat
$ => $1-15 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)
$ => $16-40 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)
$$$ => $41 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)

Shop
N/A => Not applicable

Tours
$ => Tickets less than $10 per person
$$ => Tickets $11-25 per person
$$ => Tickets $26 per person

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