ed by underground springs, the desert comes alive here, not only with signature palms, but also with a string of resort communities – including Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells and the namesake town of Palm Springs. The area found fame in the 1950s when the Rat Pack stars built sleek estates, enjoyed rounds of golf and wined and dined the night away. Today, there's still plenty of hipster swagger but also a new energy thanks to hot new restaurants, luxury hotels and fabulous shopping.
Nestled at the base of the majestic San Jacinto Mountains, Palm Springs lies on the western edge of the Coachella Valley, within the Colorado Desert. It's an easy destination to get around and is very pedestrian friendly. Most hotels are within easy reach of dining, shopping, museums and entertainment.
Take to the sky on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, a unique rotating tram car that sweeps you up the dramatic cliffs of Chino Canyon to an alpine wonderland atop Mt San Jacinto. Perfect for cool summer hiking or snowy pursuits in the winter, you'll find spectacular views all year round.
Hiking opportunities abound and include the ancient and pristine Indian Canyons, the grand Palm Canyon, the intimate Andreas Canyon, the meandering Murray Canyon and the gentle upward slope of Tahquitz Canyon, where your hike ends at a spectacular waterfall. Nearby Joshua Tree National Park is also perfect for those seeking to hike 'Jumbo Rocks' or search for desert wildflowers, or there's Anza-Borrego which lies an hour from Palm Springs where you'll discover desert hiking and a dramatic wildflower season.
The animals and plants on show at the extraordinary Living Desert Zoo & Gardens shed light on the amazing adaptions that make it possible to survive in the desert's harsh environment. There's an incredible array of desert plants and animals too - cool morning tends to be the best time to see animals in action, so come early if you can.
For those keen to get in touch with their cultural side, the Palm Springs Art Museum fits the bill. Alternatively, take a stroll through the dozen or so artist-owned galleries and working studios of the Backstreet Art District. In addition, there's the Palm Springs Air Museum, home to one of the world's largest collection of flyable WWII aircraft.
If golf is your game, welcome to paradise! Top professionals have designed championship courses in the region including La Quinta's PGA West Golf Club & Resort and Indian Wells Golf Resort. The desert-scented air, the views and the sunshine are as much a part of the experience as the game itself and it's easy to see why this is one of the most celebrated golf destinations in the country.
The downtown and uptown Design District offer a vast collection of modern retailers, fashion boutiques, art galleries and antique shops, sure to suit all shopaholics. Not to be missed is the vibrant Villagefest street fair, held every Thursday evening in downtown Palm Springs, with artwork, handmade crafts, tasty street food and lively street music.
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GMT -8 hours.
There are no non-stop flights from the UK to Palm Springs, so flying time is approximately 13 hours 30 minutes (via Phoenix). Alternatively, it’s an easy 2 hour drive from Los Angeles or San Diego.
Palm Springs has more than 350 days of sunshine with very little rain. The dry desert heat of summer sends temperatures soaring, while winter remains comfortably warm and the evenings cool rather than cold.
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