Palm Springs, California is the ultimate desert playground for outdoor adventure, arts, and culture, gaming and entertainment. Nestled at the base of the majestic San Jacinto Mountains, the City of Palm Springs is the ancestral home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. The village atmosphere has been preserved and embellished over the years. The streets, lined with palm trees, invite you to explore boutique shops, art galleries, and museums while soaking up the sunshine or dining outdoors among stunning desert scenery.
For decades Palm Springs has been the holiday home for Hollywood stars such as Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Lucille Ball, but it also has earned well-deserved recognition as the largest concentration of mid-century modern architecture. Since the 1920’s, visionary modernist architects have designed sleek, modern homes that have embraced the desert environment. The dramatic geographic surroundings of the Coachella Valley inspired a design aesthetic in the middle of the 20th Century now called Desert Modernism.
Palm Springs offers a wealth of activities and events throughout the year. Soar to the top of Mount San Jacinto on the world famous Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, play a round of golf at Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort, or hike the ancient palm groves of the Indian Canyons. Tour celebrity and mid-century homes, attend fabulous theatre performances or wind down with a poolside massage. In the evening, stroll the year-round Villagefest, then relax with a swim under the stars.
Located on the western edge of the Coachella Valley, Palm Springs is about 110 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 140 miles northeast of San Diego, an easy two-hour drive. While the permanent year-round population of Palm Springs is 45,000, this doubles during the winter season. To the east are the other desert cities of Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Desert Hot Springs, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, and Indio.
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Palm Springs has more than 350 days of sunshine and less than 5.2 inches of rain, winter temperatures average in the 70s with nights in the mid-40s. The dry desert heat of summer pushes daytime temperatures into the 100s, which is enjoyed by sun seekers.
The geography gives Palm Springs its famed warm, dry climate. At 487 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 with its towering 10,831 foot Mt. San Jacinto, site of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.
Palm Springs International Airport, just two miles from downtown, handles daily direct flights from throughout the U.S. and Canada. The world-class airport welcomes over 1.5 million passengers a year who experience a new way of flying… shorter lines, friendly staff, stunning desert vistas and airport amenities including an outdoor courtyard, dining, and retail.
Ontario International Airport is just over an hour northwest. Within approximately a two-hour drive are the Los Angeles International Airport, Orange County-John Wayne Airport, and San Diego-Lindberg Field. There are many rental car agencies, taxis and shuttles within Palm Springs.