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.
See our Palm Springs photo album on Flickr.