There are all kinds of destinations Canadians can choose for winter holidays. From all inclusive packages to Mexico or the Caribbean, or American destinations like Florida or Arizona, the options are endless.
But Palm Springs California has long been a favorite destination. Why make it the choice for your next getaway? Here's our top 5 reasons:
1. Short direct flights
Just a short three hour flight from many cities in Canada's west, Palm Springs is easy to get to; so easy in fact, that it's possible to take a long weekend in the desert. Direct flights from Calgary or Vancouver make it easy to go from snow at breakfast time to palm trees and sun by dinner.
There's also a brand new direct flight
from Toronto that begins service this December.
There's plenty to keep kids occupied in Palm Springs. From kid-perfect destinations like the Living Desert in nearby Palm Desert, to windmill tours, or hiking through amazing landscapes, there are lots of ways to play outside.
Like to soar above it all? Take the kids on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, or to see the planes at the Palm Springs Air Museum. The Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert in Rancho Mirage has a host of activities and play spaces for kids.
3. Proximity to other cool cities/day trips
Palm Springs' central location makes it easy to use as a jumping off point for other day trips if you're staying longer. LA, and San Diego, are do-able day trips, while Las Vegas, and Phoenix (both a 4 hour drive) are easy overnight or weekend trips. Having the option of getting to the ocean, to the Southwest or to Sin City can make longer visits more interesting.
4. Unique architecture and landscapes
Whether you like seeing the butterfly roofs of desert modernism, or the craggy, sandy desert landscapes, the Coachella Valley is a sight to behold. There are many architecturally significant public buildings you can visit, and self-guided tours of private homes that are easy to view from the curb. Downloading the Palm Springs Modern app from iTunes or Google Play, or picking up a paper copy from the Palm Springs Visitor Centre can help you see the best sights.
5. Gorgeous weather
Palm Springs must be among the most boring places to be a weather forecaster. Endless days of sun, with only varying desert winds to keep it interesting, you can always count on Palm Springs to have beautiful warm weather. With highs of 20-30 degrees C and lows of 7-10 degrees C at night it makes for pleasant days, with cool nights.
The relaxing pace of life in Palm Springs makes it an ideal place for a vacation. Why not come and see for yourself?