General Palm Springs
Palm Springs is California’s ultimate desert playground.
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For nearly a century Palm Springs has been the quintessential oasis for outdoor adventure, arts and culture, gaming and entertainment. A place of dreams and romance with sun-soaked days and spectacular star-filled nights.
Centrally located and just a 2 hour drive from both Los Angeles and San Diego (4 hour drive from Las Vegas and Phoenix), it’s a place where big city dwellers have forever sought refuge. With its vibrant village atmosphere, combined with an urban sensibility, and dotted with a wonderful assortment of fashion and craft boutiques, art galleries, theatres and museums, it’s a place that never ever disappoints. And always amazes. It’s a perfect getaway.
Palm Springs has one of the largest and most well-known collections of mid-century modern architectural treasures in the U.S. Each year visitors across the globe come to Palm Springs for “Modernism Week” to see and experience of our preserved unique style.
Visitors also come to Palm Springs for its storied Hollywood legacy. Just a quick drive from Hollywood, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, and Elizabeth Taylor lived here; while Clark Gable and Carole Lombard had their rendezvous here: Elvis Presley honeymooned here. Each January, the Palm Springs Film Festival attracts A list celebrities, such as Clint Eastwood, John Travolta, Ron Howard, Halle Barry, Leonard DiCaprio, Anne Hathaway, Brad Pitt and many more. And, just like Hollywood, Palm Springs has its very own “Walk of Stars”.
[ Did you know? The legendary "Two-Hour Rule" of Hollywood studios put Palm Springs on the map as a perfect getaway. Actors under contract had to be available within 2-hours from the studio for last minute film /photo shoots.]
Palm Springs has a rich Native American heritage. Centuries ago, ancestors of the Agua Caliente Cahuilla (pronounced Kaw-we-ah) Indians settled in the Palm Springs area and developed extensive and complex communities in Palm, Murray, Andreas, Tahquitz and Chino Canyons. Abundant water and hundreds of plants and animals found throughout the area ensured stable living conditions. Many traces of these communities exist in the canyons today, including rock art, house pits and foundations, reservoirs, trails, and food processing areas. Visit the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum to learn more about their rich heritage.
The geography gives Palm Springs its famed warm, dry climate. At 846 feet above sea level, Palm Springs is sheltered by the Little San Bernardino Mountains to the north, the Santa Rosa Mountains on the south, and the San Jacinto Mountains to the west which towers 10,830 feet. It’s part of the Southern California valley known as the Coachella Valley. The best way to visit the Mt. San Jacinto is on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
, the world’s largest rotating tramway.
Palm Springs has more than 350 days of sunshine
and less than 5.2 inches of rain annually. Winter daytime temperatures average above 68 degrees. The dry desert heat of summer pushes daytime temperatures above 110 degrees, which is enjoyed by sun seekers.
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