Palm Springs

Visitor's Guide to Palm Springs, CA

Astonishingly beautiful. Utterly relaxing. Extraordinary architectural design. Surprisingly affordable.

Palm Springs is the capital of desert cool. The famous (and rich) have an on-going love affair with this city, starting
back in the day when the Rat Pack ruled this roost. Today, it’s an eclectic blend of midcentury modern classic vintage against a backdrop of ethereal mountains and desert, all under a bright blue sky. Flying into the outdoor Palm Springs International Airport (PSP), with its relaxed vibe, mountain view (and five minutes from all the downtown action) is almost as fun as driving in through the field of windmills to arrive at the city’s distinctive visitor center.

Downtown is the heartbeat of Palm Springs, a walkable main street with hundreds of art and antique shops, vintage
and trendy clothing boutiques and classic modern home furnishings shops mixed in with casual eateries. The sophistication of this city, however, becomes apparent when dining in the upscale chef-owned and inspired restaurants, many under olive trees and night stars. The stylish boutique hotels and unique home rentals appeal to a young at heart clientele, bringing along children, friends….and dogs.

Artists and artisans, entertainers and fresh food vendors appear every Thursday night in the heart of the city to create a weekly Villagefest, an evening street fair that visitors of every age come back time and time again to enjoy. Even the cities downtown art museum is free on that evening, so skip the car and ride the BUZZ, Palm Springs’s newest darling. An adorable trolley that rides up and down Palm and Indian Canyon Drives, it’s meant for visitors and residents to eat, drink and shop…not worry about driving or parking. So get your BUZZ on from 11 a.m. until 1 a.m. every Thursday through Sunday.

There are reasons to celebrate all year, and the unique events happening throughout the year let you do just that. Film festivals are de rigeur, including the Palm Springs International Film Festival and continuing with five more throughout the year. Modernism Week and Walk of the Inns illustrate the ultra-cool, yet intimately romantic, nature of Palm Springs. This city loves its’ parades, and the Festival of Lights, Palm Springs Pride and Veteran’s Day bring everyone downtown to honor and celebrate.
Hiking the pristine Indian Canyons, soaring up the cliffs of Chino Canyon’s granite walls on the Aerial Tramway, and soaking up the cool and kitschy history on a celeb or architecture tour is just the beginning. Splash your way back to the pool at the end of the day and you’ll remember what relaxed actually feel like.

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