Getting To Palm Springs:
Getting Into The U.S.:
Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa. Travelers coming to the U.S. for tourism or business for 90 days or less from qualified countries may be eligible to visit the U.S. without a visa if they meet the visa waiver program requirements. Select Visa Waiver Program to learn more, and find out if you meet the visa waiver requirements.
Passports must be valid for the entire length of stay.
An ESTA application is also mandatory and should be submitted as early as possible and at least 72 hours before departure at: esta.cbp.dhs.gov/. .
Flying to Palm Springs:
Fly into the Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) is easy through a connecting city such as San Francisco,
Los Angeles, and Dallas. It’s one of the top U.S. “Most stress free airports” by SmarterTravel.com. It’s less than 2 miles from downtown and a quick 5-minute taxi ride to most local hotels. The airport itself is small, enjoyable, quick to baggage claim and transporation….no multiple terminals to navigate!
Visitors should check with their hotel for airport shuttle services. Most of the larger properties provide them, but need to be notified as they do not necessarily operate on a schedule. Mid-size and smaller properties may offer the service upon request. If the hotel doesn’t offer a shuttle, most properties within Palm Springs are close. A cab will cost about $25 one way and can be hired at the airport entrance.
[Tip: The Palm Springs Airport website includes an interactive map to help plan the trip route and see the best connection choices]
The U.S. has an agreement with the UK whereby the renter's full national driving license may be used for a period of up to one year in the U.S. This applies to the full UK driving license. Provisional licenses are not accepted. Most car rental companies require that you have held a full license for at least one year, regardless of age. The minimum age to hire a car in California is 21.
A range of car companies can be hired within the Palm Springs International Airport, just steps away from baggage claim. No dragging luggage a long way here, it’s quick and easy. Plus, when visitors return the car, they are close to airline check-in and security for the return trip home or wherever their travels take them…super convenient!
There are many rental car agencies, taxis, and shuttles within Palm Springs, so getting around is easy. The downtown district is very walkable with lots of restaurants and shopping. For guests that prefer to use local transportation rather than a car rental, selecting a downtown hotel close to Palm Canyon Drive will keep eating and entertainment all within a quick stroll.
For the more adventurous, visitors can rent a motor scooter or bicycle and wind along the streets of downtown and nearby neighborhoods.
The Palm Springs Visitor Center is located at 2901 N. Palm Canyon Drive. Designed by world-renowned mid-century architect Albert Frey, the Visitor Center is a great resource for information about Palm Springs. It is located on Tramway Road, the same road that takes visitors to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.
Choose Module to Read: Intro | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | Quiz Yourself