Palm Springs

Palm Springs is a desert oasis located approximately 2 hours from Los Angeles and other metropolitan regions. Originally known as Agua Caliente, it was inhabited by Native American Indians who flourished throughout the Coachella Valley. In the early to mid 1900's, Hollywood discovered the area and it was soon referred to as "The Playground of the Stars". Celebrities have played a big role in the growth and expansion of the region including Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Sonny Bono and many, many more.

Today, it's known for its upscale resorts and abundant golf courses. Many of its residents are wealthy retirees that enjoy a life of luxury with all the afforded amenities. A large gay population has enhanced the downtown region with art and entertainment venues. Local Indian tribes have built Vegas-style casinos throughout the region offering gambling, entertainment and accommodations.

The 'ON' season is during the cooler months of spring and winter. Weather in the summer is extremely hot which keeps most visitors away but offers the least amount of crowds. You may want to avoid the area during the summer if you plan on activities such as hiking or golfing. The best plan for summer is to relax by the pool and enjoy a scorching California Desert sun.

TIP: For more detailed information and events, check out the Palm Springs Life website.

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Joshua Tree National Park is located approximately 1 hour north of Palm Springs. Joshua Tree is named after its plentiful desert plants that stand 10' to 20' tall. Sightseeing, road & mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing and camping are the major activities to be enjoyed in Joshua Tree National Park. A half-day trip through Joshua Tree is definitely doable including stops at sites. MORE DETAILS

Palm Springs Air Museum

Palm Springs Air Museum pays tribute to the men and women that fought for our freedom, particularly WWII. It has one of the largest collections of WWII warplanes and artifacts in the world. In addition, many modern-day fighters and bombers are on display. MORE DETAILS

The Living Desert Zoo features desert dwelling plants and animals from around the world. Succulents, cacti and drought tolerant plants are intermingled with aviaries throughout the gardens. Local species of wildlife including coyote, rattlesnakes and eagles are on display with animals from other desert regions including giraffes, ostriches, leopards and more. MORE DETAILS

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The Palm Springs Tram is located off Highway 111. Climb two and a half miles from the desert floor at 2,600 feet to over 8,500 feet in under 30 minutes. At the top of the tram is a restaurant offering views of the Coachella Valley and a Winter Adventure Center for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. MORE DETAILS

Palm Springs Walk of Stars

The Palm Springs Walk of Stars honors the celebrities who lived, loved and played in the city. Stars include Al Jolson, Rudolf Valentino, Shirley Temple, Clark Gable, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Ginger Rogers, Gene Autry, Elvis Presley, Sonny Bono, Ronald Reagan and hundreds more. MORE DETAILS

Museums including art museums, a children's museum, pueblo museum, General Patton's museum and more. MORE DETAILS

Shields Date Gardens

Shields Date Garden is located off Highway 111 near Jefferson Street in Indio. Enjoy one of their famous date shakes, shop the many date-oriented products, or watch a video about dates in their on-site theatre. MORE DETAILS

Hadley's fruit stand is famous for its date shakes. This is one of our favorites and practically a tradition among Californians to stop when passing by. MORE DETAILS

Tahquitz Canyon is a desert oasis of palm trees and sycamores tucked into a narrow canyon. Follow Tahquitz Creek until it ends at Tahquitz Waterfall and a refreshing freshwater pool. MORE DETAILS

Indian Canyons include Palm Canyon, Murray Canyon and Andreas Canyon which offer visitors a glimpse at real desert oasis. Canyon trails are up to 15 miles in length. MORE DETAILS

Things To Do

Jeep tours are available in a variety of group tours and activities including Jeep eco-tours. Navigate back roads and canyons where no other vehicle can. View the wildlife and fauna in its natural surroundings. MORE DETAILS

Adventure Hummer Tours offers several desert tours from the Palm Springs region. Join a tour to Joshua Tree National Park that only traverses the less traveled back roads. Follow the San Andreas Fault into the backcountry of Joshua Tree. Take a Palms to Vines Tour to Temecula for wine tasting. The Palm Springs Tour includes stops at former celebrity homes, windmills and date gardens for a date shake. MORE DETAILS

There are hundreds of public and private golf courses throughout the Palm Springs region. Many of the courses are PGA approved and host professional tours. Lessons are readily available for those looking to try it for the first time or improve their technique. MORE DETAILS

Soar above the California desert in vibrant colored balloons. Take in the views of vineyards, polo fields, world famous golf courses, the Salton Sea and Southern California's tallest mountain peaks. MORE DETAILS

Horseback Riding is offered through the canyons and oases surrounding Palm Springs or through the canyons of Morongo Valley. Enjoy beautiful views of the San Gorgonio mountains and Mt. San Jacinto. Multiple horseback riding adventures are available at several times throughout the day. Rides range from 1 to over 4-hours. MORE DETAILS

Celebrity tours visit up to 60 homes throughout Palm Springs. See interesting homes like the Dog House, Gum House and Transformers House, as well as former celebrity homes of Elvis, Liberace, Elizabeth Taylor, Bob Hope, Marilyn Monroe, Linda Carter, Frank Sinatra and many more. MORE DETAILS



Wet 'n Wild Water Park is located in Palm Springs and features water rides like Pipeline Point, Surfrider Rapids and Rip Tide Reef. MORE DETAILS

Casino Morongo is an Indian casino that includes a casino with machines and table games, a four-star hotel, restaurant and bar & grill. MORE DETAILS

Agua Caliente Casino is an Indian casino offering a casino, hotel, restaurant, bar & grill and buffet. Entertainment includes live bands and shows in indoor and outdoor venues. MORE DETAILS

Spa Resort Casino is located in the heart of downtown. This Indian casino & resort offers an adjacent hotel, multiple dining options and entertainment including an outdoor venue. MORE DETAILS

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino

Fantasy Springs Resort is an Indian casino offering accommodations, restaurants, gambling and entertainment. Their concert venue hosts top rock and country bands as well as comedy shows and more. MORE DETAILS

The Annenberg Theatre hosts performances of ballet, classical music and theatrical plays. The theatre is located in the Palm Springs Art Museum in beautiful downtown. MORE DETAILS

The Plaza Theatre

The Plaza Theatre is the center of activity in downtown. This historic theatre was home to the critically acclaimed Palm Springs Follies and hosts the Palm Springs International Film Festival awards ceremony each year in January. MORE DETAILS

Palm Canyon Theatre is located off Interstate 10 and Indian Canyon Drive. Situated in downtown, this small 220-seat venue features theatrical productions year round. MORE DETAILS

McCallum Theatre is a large music venue that has hosts world-class artists that have included Tony Bennett, Sheryl Crow, the St. Petersburg State Ice Ballet, the New York City Opera Company, Ray Charles and more. MORE DETAILS


The Gardens on El Paseo

The Gardens on El Paseo is several blocks of shopping reminiscent of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. High-end shops and restaurants line the streets. Semi-secret gardens are nestled between shops. MORE DETAILS

Palm Canyon Drive is located in downtown. Nearly 300 businesses including shops, galleries, and restaurants stay open late during the weekly Villagefest event. MORE DETAILS

The River is an outdoor mall with shops, top restaurant chains and entertainment like movies and live music. MORE DETAILS

Palm Springs Mall is an indoor mall conveniently located between the airport and downtown. Many of the typical mall chain stores can be found here. MORE DETAILS

Westfield Palm Desert features nearly 200 stores and restaurants. MORE DETAILS

Desert Hills Premium Outlets are situated adjacent to the Cabazon Outlets west of Palm Springs and offer a collection of nearly 150 outlets for stores like Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Polo Ralph Lauren, Yves Saint Laurent and more. MORE DETAILS

Cabazon Outlets are situated adjacent to the Desert Hills Premium Outlets west of Palm Springs and offer additional outlet store options. MORE DETAILS


Casino Morongo

Casino Morongo is an Indian casino & resort with a four-star hotel, restaurant, bar & grill, entertainment club, upscale bowling alley and more. MORE DETAILS

Renaissance Hotel is a luxury hotel with amenities like a restaurant, lounge, day spa, fitness center, swimming pool with cabanas, hot tub, kid's pool & sandbox, outdoor patio with fire pits and more. Renaissance Hotel is a pet-friendly hotel. MORE DETAILS

Parker Hotel is a chic luxury hotel with many upscale amenities like a family swimming pool, adult swimming pool, indoor swimming pool, hot tubs, day spa, restaurant, café, bar, croquet lawn, clay tennis courts, pentanque court, boutique shop and more. MORE DETAILS

Riviera Hotel is an historic luxury hotel offering many upscale amenities including several swimming pools & hot tubs, pool bars, a business center, lounge, day spa, fitness center, boutique shop, tennis courts, bike rentals, WiFi, daily newspaper and more. The Riviera has a rich history with Hollywood stars and celebrities including Bob Hope, Tommy Dorsey, Nancy Sinatra, Rachel Welch, Elvis Presley, the Rat Pack and many more. Riviera is a dog-friendly hotel. MORE DETAILS

Quality Inn is a great choice for a cheap hotel in Palm Springs. Hotel amenities include a swimming pool, hot tub, restaurant, fitness center, WiFi, laundry room and more. Quality Inn is a pet-friendly hotel. MORE DETAILS

Korakia Pensione is an historic Mediterranean-style bed and breakfast Inn offering modern-day luxury with old-world romance. B&B Inn amenities include a restaurant, swimming pool, day spa, outdoor movies at night, loaner bikes, bocce ball court, outdoor yoga & meditation and more. MORE DETAILS

Las Palmas is a luxury resort with many upscale amenities including a restaurant, café, grill, bar, day spa, fitness center, swimming pool, spa pool, hot tubs, kid's water park, 3 golf courses, gift shops, 25 tennis courts and more. Las Palmas is a pet-friendly hotel. MORE DETAILS

Spa Resort Casino is an Indian casino & resort with multiple dining options and an adjacent hotel & spa. Entertainment includes live performers in one of many lounges or larger acts in an outdoor venue. MORE DETAILS

Palm Canyon Resort is a family resort with plenty of activities for adults and children including a swimming pool with water slides, adult pool, in-cave hot tub, pool-side bar, game room, fitness center, indoor air-conditioned basketball & volleyball courts, billiards, WiFi, coffee shop, day spa and more. MORE DETAILS

Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

Hard Rock Hotel is a chic luxury hotel where you can have a Fender guitar delivered to your room, create a personalized play list from the hotel library and find live music performances on a regular basis. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, bar & lounge, party pool, day spa, gift shop, airport transfer and more. MORE DETAILS

Avalon Hotel is a chic luxury hotel offering many upscale amenities like 3 swimming pools with cabanas, large hot tubs, a restaurant, day spa, fitness center, Champagne welcome, WiFi, concierge, loaner bikes and more. Avalon Hotel is a pet-friendly hotel. MORE DETAILS

Best Western Las Brisas

Las Brisas is located off Highway 111 in downtown. You can't ask for a better deal in the best location in Palm Springs just one block from the famous Plaza Theatre, museums, shopping, restaurants and more. MORE DETAILS

Desert Hills Hotel is located off Interstate 10 or Highway 111 near the Ramon Road exit. This 1956 resort hotel is situated near shops, restaurants, nightclubs, and galleries in the heart of Old Palm Springs. Amenities include a pool, jacuzzi, complimentary bikes, barbecues and most rooms have full kitchens. MORE DETAILS

Coyote Inn is located off Interstate 10 or Highway 111 near the Ramon Road exit. This Spanish mission-style resort features a inner courtyard with a pool, jacuzzi, pool-side bar and thatch-roof cabanas. All rooms have full kitchens and fireplaces. MORE DETAILS

Ingleside Inn is located near all the action in downtown. This Spanish-style estate was originally built by the owners of the Pierce Arrow Motor Car Company in 1925. It became an elite Inn visited by the rich and famous including Frank Sinatra, Howard Hughes, Salvador Dali and Spencer Tracy. MORE DETAILS

Villa Royale Inn is located off Palm Canyon Drive a short distance south of downtown. This is award-winning Tuscan Inn offers two pools, a hot tub, full breakfast, daily newspaper and the award-winning Europe Restaurant. MORE DETAILS

Agua Caliente Casino is an Indian casino & resort with a hotel, restaurant, bar & grill, buffet and pool. Entertainment includes live bands and shows in indoor and outdoor venues. MORE DETAILS

Residence Inn is located off Interstate 10 near the Monterey Avenue or Cook Street exit. Each room has a full kitchen and offers views of the Desert Willow Golf Resort or the Santa Rosa Mountains. MORE DETAILS

JW Marriott Resort amenities include 20 tennis courts, 5 swimming pools, a multitude of restaurants, bars & coffee shops, shopping and a championship golf course. Hop aboard the gondola that waits inside the lobby to ferry guests to hotel restaurants and pools. MORE DETAILS

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells is located off Interstate 10 from Washington Street. Hotel amenities include car rental, spa & salon, Indian Wells Golf Resort, tennis courts, bocce ball, badminton, seven swimming pools, butler service and more. Also known as the Hyatt Grand Champions. MORE DETAILS

Miramonte Resort & Spa is located off Interstate 10 from Washington Street. Situated next to the Indian Wells Golf Resort, Miramonte is a Mediterranean-style resort landscaped with olive trees, citrus groves, roses, flower gardens and fountains. MORE DETAILS

La Quinta Resort Fountain

La Quinta Resort is located off Interstate 10 south on Washington Street. This historic resort has served as the playground of the rich & famous since 1926. This gorgeous resort is reminiscent of a Spanish mission with towering bell towers, garden courtyards, fountains and adobe casitas. The all-inclusive resort features several restaurants, spas and shops. Nine golf courses surround the resort offering over 150 holes. A professional tennis arena is included with 22 other courts giving reason why it has been repeatedly voted a top-ten tennis resort for the nation. A plethora of pools are located among hundreds of villas, casitas, suites and vacation homes. Much of the resort is original with arched doorways, heavy wood doors and wood-beamed ceilings. Staying at La Quinta Resort is just as much an historical experience as it is luxury pampering. Staying at La Quinta Resort is just as much an historical experience as it is luxury pampering. MORE DETAILS

Fantasy Springs Resort is an Indian casino & resort with accommodations, restaurants, gambling and entertainment. MORE DETAILS

Hostels are low cost alternatives to hotels and often require dorm-style living. If you're traveling on a budget and would like to meet other travelers and share information, this is a great way to see California.



Peaks Restaurant, Pines Café and the Lookout Lounge are located at the top of a 8,000 foot peak accessible by the Palm Springs Tram. Dine at the top of Southern California's second highest peak with panoramic views of the entire Coachella Valley. MORE DETAILS

Trio restaurant is located in downtown in the Uptown Design District. Situated in an iconic mid-century building, Trio specializes in seafood, Italian food and Midwest comfort food. MORE DETAILS

Chop House is located in the heart of downtown. Chop House specializes in fine wines, prime steaks and fresh seafood at reasonable prices. MORE DETAILS

Wang's in the Desert is located in downtown near the intersection of Ramon and Indian Canyon. They specialize in Pan Asian cuisine and feature and indoor pond and outdoor patio. MORE DETAILS

LG's Prime Steakhouse has two locations in the heart of downtown and La Quinta. This award-winning steak restaurant specializes in fine wines, prime steaks and fresh seafood. MORE DETAILS

Native Foods is located near the intersection of Palm Canyon and Sunrise in Palm Springs and in Palm Desert at El Paseo and Lupine. They specialize in vegan cuisine. MORE DETAILS

Melvyn's Restaurant is situated in the historic Ingleside Inn in downtown. The Ingleside Inn is an elite Inn visited by the rich and famous including Frank Sinatra, Howard Hughes, Salvador Dali and Spencer Tracy. The award-winning Melvyn's Restaurant is lavishly adorned with crown mouldings, crystal chandeliers, classic paintings and white linens. MORE DETAILS

Johanne's is located in downtown at Palm Canyon and Tahquitz Canyon. Hints of Austrian fare are intermingled with international cuisine. MORE DETAILS

Kobe Japanese Restaurant

Kobe is located in Rancho Mirage off Highway 111. Blue-tiled roofs sweep down to beautifully manicured Japanese gardens, complete with a koi pond bridges and statuary. Meals are served teppan-style, which means they're cooked on large hot griddles in front of the guests. The chef's are highly skilled with knives and put on a show while preparing the meals. MORE DETAILS

Fisherman's Market & Grill offers three locations throughout the Coachella Valley. These laid-back restaurants offer some of the freshest seafood in the desert and you have the choice of taking it with you to prepare yourself, or have them cook it for you. They've been voted #1 seafood restaurant at all locations. No frills atmosphere where you order at the counter and the food is brought to your table. MORE DETAILS

Babes at The River

The River is a large shopping, dining and entertainment center nestled among beautiful streams, waterfalls, fountains and lake. Many popular chain restaurants are situated over and surrounding the lake including P.F.Chang's China Bistro, Flemming's Prime Steakhouse, Cheesecake Factory, Babes Bar-B-Que & Brewery and Yardhouse. MORE DETAILS

Armando's Bar & Grill is located in the very upscale shopping region known as El Paseo and The Gardens. Armando's is very popular with the locals and serves some of the best Mexican food in the region. Their margaritas are a great way to cool off in the unrelenting desert heat. MORE DETAILS

Adobe Grill - La Quinta Resort

Adobe Grill is situated within the beautiful and historic La Quinta Resort & Club. They are situated on the second floor of the Plaza with views of bell towers, fountains, immaculately manicured gardens and the Santa Rosa Mountains. They serve traditional Mexican fare. MORE DETAILS

Hog's Breath Inn is located in the quaint Old Town La Quinta. This is the second location of the famous Hog's Breath Inn of Carmel-by-the-Sea along California's Central Coast. The Carmel location was previously owned by actor/director Clint Eastwood. The restaurant features an Old West ambiance with a steak & seafood menu. MORE DETAILS



Palm Springs Airport offers convenient access to the entire Coachella Valley. MORE DETAILS

Ontario Airport offers convenient access to all of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties as well as Los Angeles County, Orange County and the desert communities. Ontario Airport is located approximately one hour from Palm Springs. MORE DETAILS

Traffic & Transportation

Interstate 10 in Palm Springs

The 10 Freeway runs east and west from Santa Monica to Blythe on the Arizona border and beyond. Traffic is only an issue west of Palm Springs where commuters travel from the Inland Empire into the Los Angeles basin for work. Traffic is brutal during weekday rush hours of 7am-9am and 4pm-6pm.

Highway 111 passes through most of the populated regions of Palm Springs including the popular downtown area. Heavy traffic along with many traffic lights can create congestion during the Spring peak season.

Highway 74 is also known as the 'Palms to Pines Highway'. It travels east to west from Palm Desert to Idyllwild and Hemet. This is a longer but less traveled and picturesque route into Palm Springs.

Highway 62 heads north from Palm Springs up to the northern entrance of Joshua Tree National Park. High winds are common through the pass.

Public Transportation is excellent in the Coachella Valley.

  • Sunline Transit Agency provides service from Desert Hot Springs to Mecca including Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Thousand Palms, La Quinta, Indio and Coachella. A commuter link connects Palm Desert with Cabazon, Banning, Beaumont, Moreno Valley and Riverside.

See our resources page for links to Rental Car agencies, Amtrak Train and Greyhound Bus.


Weather from Joshua Tree National Park to Salton Sea including Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, Coachella and Cabazon.

Winter Average lows in the 30's and highs in the 60's. Heavy rains, thunderstorms and flash flooding are common. Light snow is a rare occurrence in the high desert regions.

Spring Average lows in the 70's and highs in the 90's. Occasional thunderstorms with flash flooding.

Summer Average lows in the 90's and highs in the 120's. Thunderstorms are a rare occurrence.

Fall Average lows in the 50's and highs in the 70's. Thunderstorms increasing with hail and heavy flash flooding.

NOTE: See our TIPS page for desert travel precautions.

The Weather Network


Palm Springs International Film Festival shows independent films at several area theatres. The awards ceremony is held at the historic Plaza Theatre in downtown. WEBSITE

National Date Festival is held at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio. This annual celebration pays tribute to the area's Arabian heritage. Celebrate the date fruit and see events like Ostrich & Camel racing, hypnotist shows, live music and more. This event also features carnival games and rides. WEBSITE

Wildflower Viewing is best in early Spring when the normally stark deserts explode with color. Many varieties including Joshua trees, poppies, lupine, cream cups, ocotillo and more combine to create perfect photo opportunities. Joshua Tree National Park is a popular wildflower viewing region. WEBSITE

Coachella Music Festival is held at the Polo fields in Coachella. This massive event has been extended to cover two weekends and features two days of top alternative bands on multiple stages. This event is so large and yet so remote, they offer on-site camping and Amtrak schedules a temporary stop at the Polo fields the week of the event. WEBSITE

Stagecoach Festival is held at the Polo fields in Coachella. This massive event features two days of top country bands on multiple stages. This event is so large and yet so remote, they offer on-site camping and Amtrak schedules a temporary stop at the Polo fields the week of the event. WEBSITE

Indio Tamale Festival is held in Indio and features an endless variety of tamales. Entertainment includes live music, mariachis, carnival rides and games, a tamale eating contest and more. WEBSITE

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