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Palm Springs

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Palm Springs is a resort city in the California desert. It became a destination during the 1950s and 1960s when Hollywood movie stars flocked there in droves. Nowadays, the area offers entertainment for all ages, although the most common demographics consists of retirees. Palm Springs offers a wealth of indoor and outdoor activities. Known for its hiking, mid-century modern architecture, stunning natural beauty and sparkling pools, Palm Springs has the perfect blend of outdoor activities and casual relaxation.

Palm Springs is a favorite for gay travelers, naturist communities, and many other people.

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Visitor information[edit]

Get in[edit]

Palm Springs International Airport

By plane[edit]

  • 1 Palm Springs International Airport (PSP IATA), 3400 E Tahquitz Canyon Way. In the heart of Palm Springs. Scheduled daily flight connections with major cities throughout the United States and Canada. Served by Air Canada, Flair, Westjet and all major US airlines except Southwest. Palm Springs International Airport is also popular for general aviation and business jet travelers. Has a very pleasant outdoor concourse. Air taxi and aircraft charter companies provide private aircraft charter services from this airport. You can take Palm Springs bus number 24 to go from the airport to downtown Palm Springs. The bus does not stop right at the terminal; you'll need to catch the bus one block west of the airport at Civic Drive and East Tahquitz Canyon Way. Palm Springs International Airport on Wikipedia Palm Springs International Airport (Q2550620) on Wikidata
  • LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT IATA). Located in Ontario, about 70 mi (110 km) to the west of Palm Springs along I-10, it has many more flight connections and is the next closest airport served by Southwest Airlines and internationally by China Airlines and Volaris.

By train[edit]

  • Amtrak has a station at 300 North Indian Canyon Drive (.6 mi south of Interstate 10), 1-800-USA-RAIL (872-7245). Amtrak's Sunset Limited route connects Palm Springs with Los Angeles and with Arizona and points eastward with three westbound and three eastbound trains per week (arriving Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday). Amtrak also provides Palm Springs with connections to and from the San Joaquins trains, which run up California's Central Valley to the Bay Area and Sacramento, via multiple daily Amtrak Thruway motorcoach runs to and from Bakersfield. Rental car agencies do not provide shuttles to the Amtrak station in Palm Springs and there is no public transportation available there. The "station" is an open platform without any building. Taxis from the Palm Springs Amtrak to the Palm Springs airport (where the rental cars are available) is $40-50 (2019). The Amtrak bus station is at 200 E Taquitz Canyon Road, and is the preferred method to get to Palm Springs via Amtrak. The LA/Orange County line runs through Fullerton and has only one stop between there and Palm Springs, at downtown Riverside.
  • Another option is to take the Surfliner train to Fullerton. Then, take an Amtrak motorcoach to Palm Springs Airport or downtown Palm Springs. The Amtrak bus stop is at 190 North Indian Canyon Drive.

By car[edit]

From Los Angeles take Interstate 10 or Route 60 East towards Phoenix – 2 hours. From San Diego take Interstate 215 north to Route 60 East – 2 hours. From Phoenix take Interstate 10 West to Indian Canyon South – 4 hours. From Las Vegas take Interstate 15 South to Interstate 10 East (in San Bernardino) – 4 hours.

Get around[edit]

Palm Springs has a pedestrian-friendly downtown. Visitors can enjoy the palm tree-lined streets along Palm Canyon Drive and Indian Canyon Drive. Boutique shops, outdoor restaurant and art galleries line the streets.

By car[edit]

Rent a car at the airport, or if you want to splurge, numerous limousine services are available, including West Coast Transportation, Cardiff Limousine and A-1 Sahara Limo.

The main thoroughfares through downtown are one-way only between Alejo and Ramon. Palm Canyon Drive is the southern route, and the home to most restaurants, hotels, and entertainment venues. Indian Canyon Drive runs north, and also has many, though fewer, attractions. Highway 111 runs south from I-10, then east-west along the hill side and connects all the cities in the Palm Springs area. This road has lights and lots of traffic, so if you are going far, you should drive out and hop onto Interstate 10. S.

Palm Canyon Drive is usually busy and can be hard to find a parking place on the weekends and at night. There is ample free parking in the many city owned parking lots and garages, except for Thursday through Saturday nights.

Most of the major car rental companies are represented at the airport.

By bus, limo, or car[edit]

Route 111 serves downtown Palm Springs south of Vista Chino. Route 24 servers the northern part of downtown Palm Springs (north of East Tachevah Drive)

  • Sun Bus, toll-free: +1-800-347-8628. Run by the city, has routes around the town and to some neighboring resort cities. Fares for one ride are: $1.00 for adults 18-59, 85¢ for youths 5-17, 50¢ for seniors 60+, with medicaid and disabled. A transfer that allows unlimited rides for two hours costs 25¢. A day pass for unlimited rides costs $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for youths between 5 and 17 years old, and $1.50 for seniors 60 years and older with a medicare card, DMV Driver License, Senior ID card, SunLine Half-Fare ID card. A 10-ride pass costs $10.00 for adults, $8.50 for youths and $5 for seniors.

By bike[edit]

Palm Springs and the surrounding environs are mostly flat and dry and can make for good cycling during the cooler months. Numerous rental facilities can be found around town.

See[edit]

Do[edit]

  • 1 Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, 1 Tramway Rd, +1 760 325-1391. The one thing to do in Palm Springs if you only have a limited amount of time, and a good place to go to get away from the heat. Incredible views at night, and snow in the winter. Beware that the official address, is the address of the Visitor Center. To get to the tram car base station, you need to drive 10 minutes or walk about 2 hours. There is no shuttle. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway on Wikipedia Palm Springs Aerial Tramway (Q365038) on Wikidata
  • Indian Canyons. Tahquitz Canyon, Palm Canyon, Andreas Canyon and Murray Canyon, were sacred Native sites, now open to the public for hiking.
  • 2 Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 Museum Dr, +1 760 325-7186. Founded in 1933, the museum hosts special exhibits and work from its permanent collection which includes Ruscha, Robert Arneson, Nathan, Charles Russell, Frederic Remington and Native American and Mesoamerican Art. Palm Springs Art Museum on Wikipedia Palm Springs Art Museum (Q2048123) on Wikidata
  • 3 Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 N. Gene Autry Trail, +1 760 778-6262. Nice place to go to if you have half a day to spare. Home to great condition World War II airplanes, etc. Palm Springs Air Museum on Wikipedia Palm Springs Air Museum (Q7128065) on Wikidata
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival. Held the first two weeks of January. One of the largest film festivals in North America. A star-studded black tie gala, it is open to public with the purchase of gala tickets. Palm Springs International Film Festival on Wikipedia Palm Springs International Film Festival (Q1374050) on Wikidata
  • Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films. Largest short film festival in North America; second largest in the world. An Academy sanctioned festival. Fifty of the short films screened at this festival have been nominated for Academy Awards. The public can meet up-and-coming directors and actors at special parties. Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films on Wikipedia Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films (Q7128069) on Wikidata
  • 4 Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, 219 S. Palm Canyon Dr, +1 760 778-1079. The history and culture of the Agua Caliente Tribe is on display. Admission is free. Agua Caliente Cultural Museum on Wikipedia Agua Caliente Cultural Museum (Q4694432) on Wikidata

Events[edit]

  • Thursdays – Thursday Street Fair, downtown with craft and food booths, and during the spring season live music
  • Saturdays - Farmers Market, 8AM–12:30PM adjacent to the Camelot Theatres at 2300 E. Baristo Road (2 miles from downtown)

and a Saturday Flea Market in nearby Palm Desert

January–March

  • Palm Springs International Film Festival
  • Modernism Week
  • Desert Concours d’Elegance
  • Festival of Native Film & Culture
  • Tour de Palm Springs

April–June

  • Arthur Lyons’ Film Noir Festival
  • Restaurant Week
  • ANA Inspiration – One of the five major championships of women's golf, held at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage and ending on the first Sunday of April.
  • Girls Weekend (formerly Dinah Shore Weekend) – An annual gathering of lesbians (and those who sympathize with LGBT causes) that coincides with the ANA Inspiration. (The former name of "Dinah Shore Weekend" honors the late entertainer, who founded the golf tournament that once bore her name.)
  • White Party

July–September

  • Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films
  • 4 July Celebration
  • Cinema Diverse Gay and Lesbian Films

October–December

  • American Heat Bike Show
  • Exotic Car Show and Auction
  • Greater Palm Springs Pride
  • Festival of Lights Parade
  • Veterans Day Parade
  • Walk of the Inns
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony at Aerial Tramway

Golf[edit]

Gaming[edit]

Buy[edit]

  • Art. Palm Springs has more than a dozen art galleries featuring local artists and desert themes.
  • 1 Desert Hills Premium Outlets in Cabazon, 48400 Seminole Dr, Cabazon. Large outlet mall with over 100 stores.

Eat[edit]

The annual Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week offers an opportunity to try a number of restaurants at a discounted rate.

  • 1 Tyler's Burgers, 149 South Indian Canyon Dr. This small hamburger joint, famous for their sliders, is considered by locals to have the best hamburgers in Palm Springs. Only open for lunch. Be sure to get there early or be prepared to wait.
  • 2 Kaiser Grille, 205 S. Palm Canyon Dr, +1 760 323-1003. Good American food right in the middle of downtown Palm Springs.
  • Le Vallauris, 385 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way, +1 760 325-5059. Expensive, but good French food off of S. Palm Canyon Drive.
  • 3 Riccio's Steak & Seafood, 495 N Palm Canyon Dr. Steak and seafood from an iconic restaurant family. Patio dining on Palm Canyon Drive.
  • 4 El Mirasol, 140 E. Palm Canyon Dr. Voted the best Mexican food in the desert by the readers of Palm Springs Life.
  • Melvyn's, 200 W. Ramon Rd. Old world style featured on "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous. Live entertainment and happening bar scene.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

Mid-range[edit]

Splurge[edit]

  • Alexander Inn, 1425 S. Via Soledad, +1 760 327-4970, e-mail: . A secluded retreat with lush gardens, mountain views and one- & two-bedroom villas with separate living/dining areas and kitchens.
  • Colony Palms Hotel, 572 N. Indian Canyon Dr. A Moroccan themed hotel. Accommodation ranges from simple king rooms to jr suites and casitas with outdoor patios and tubs. The Purple Palm restaurant/bar is at the edge of the pool. Free Wi-Fi and self parking for guests, valet available on weekends. From $199.
  • Le Parker Méridien, 4200 East Palm Canyon Dr, +1 760 770-5000. A fancy boutique hotel with quirky art and fun modern design. Norma's is a five-star diner with a twist. $285–615.
  • 4 Renaissance Palm Springs, 888 E Tahquitz Canyon Way (3 blocks from Palm Canyon Drive and directly linked to the Convention Center), +1 760 322-6000, fax: +1 760 322-5351.
  • The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn, 412 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way, +1 760 320-0771. One of Palm Springs’ 10 oldest sites. Hollywood history with modern comforts. AAA Four-Diamond Award. From $275.
  • 5 Del Marcos Hotel, 225 w. Baristo Road, toll-free: +1-800-676-1214, e-mail: . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. A 17-room boutique hotel that has been modernized and restored. It was built in 1947 out of native stone and redwood, surrounding a shimmering pool, featuring a U-shape plan which encourages socializing among guests. Designed by William F. Cody, the Del Marcos is one of the most photographed hotels in Palm Springs. Walking distance to downtown Palm Springs and nestled up against the majestic San Jacinto Mountains. The hotel features standard rooms to suites with full kitchens and private patios. Complimentary breakfast, happy hour, bikes, parking and wi-fi. $119-299.

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Go next[edit]

  • Joshua Tree National Park. This desert park is a great day trip to take while at Palm Springs. You can get there in less than an hour by going north on route 62. Take a minimum of four hours to do the loop from the north through the south of the park. Camping is allowed as well as rock climbing.
  • Idyllwild is a mountain resort approximately 45 minutes drive away on the beautiful Palms to Pines highway. It can also be reached by a scenic 10 mile hike from the top of the Palm Springs Tramway.

Other nearby desert resort cities include Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta and Indio.

Routes through Palm Springs
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