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Palm Springs

Known for Live Music, Dancing and Golf

Once a swinging spot for Hollywood’s celebrities, today this Southern California city welcomes vacationers from across the country to enjoy its warm weather.

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Bob Hope, Dinah Shore, Frank Sinatra and others are perennially remembered in Palm Springs with streets bearing their names. Soon after World War II the city offered a luxurious getaway for an interesting mix of Hollywood celebrities and top politicians. Enjoy your own vacation getaway at today’s Palm Springs with golf and poolside relaxation at lavish resorts.

In one of the world’s most concentrated golf locations, select from more than 120 courses in and around Palm Springs. Get early morning tee times to beat the heat. Then gather floats or frosty drinks to cool off at the pool at your accommodations.

The area experiences very warm and dry conditions, making multiple daily trips to resort swimming pools common for visitors. For another cooling experience, ride on the rotating Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to enjoy views over the valley, noting green areas of civilization amid the brown rocky topography. At the 8,516-foot (2,596-meter) summit, have lunch or hike on the 50 miles (80 kilometers) of trails through Mt. San Jacinto State Park. Temperatures here are much cooler than in the valley.

Hike or climb winding roads into the San Jacinto Mountains to look down at the oases of the city and see snow-capped mountains in the distance. The Indian Canyons feature additional vegetation varieties and artifacts from early Cahuilla people.

Come to Palm Springs in April for food, art and a range of musical acts at the Coachella festival in nearby Indio. Drive into Joshua Tree National Park to see the unusual spiky trees and nearly 750 other plant varieties growing in the Mojave Desert and Colorado Desert.

Drive about 2 hours east from Los Angeles International Airport to reach Palm Springs or fly to the city’s small international airport. Stop at the Palm Springs Air Museum next to the airport to see numerous aircraft from World War II and beyond. Several miles west, the Palm Springs Art Museum features modern and contemporary artworks including Chihuly glass.

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Glide over cliffs, wildlife and several vegetation zones as this glass-enclosed ride carries you up dramatic mountainsides.

Hit the slopes at Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, a top ski area in Palm Springs. Check out the spas and top-notch restaurants in this relaxing area.

Between meeting animals from across the world and exploring nature trails through the Sonoran Desert, expect an exotic experience in southern California. 

Hike in the footsteps of the Agua Caliente band of Cahuilla Indians on ancient walking trails through cool, palm-dotted canyons and timeless rock formations. 

The story of the West and famous faces from the past all come alive at this Palm Springs institution.  

Explore the exhibits at Palm Springs Air Museum, a popular museum in Palm Springs. Discover the area's top-notch restaurants and its lively festivals.

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Relax in one of our air-conditioned, luxury mini-coaches or Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. Take an exclusive step back in time and see over 50 film star homes of the past and present.

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As the day fades to night, off-road your way through the desert terrain beyond Palm Desert to reach a pristine nature reserve. Learn about the rugged landscape and the geological forces at work beneath the San Andreas Fault, and stick around after sunset to stargaze far away from the city lights.

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Explore the unique ecology, geology and geography of Joshua Tree National Park in style with a ride in a luxury Jeep. See the majestic rock formations, native wildlife and stunning scenery of back-country California on this thrilling sightseeing tour.

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From soaring peaks to bustling shops, explore the best of Palm Springs and spend the afternoon browsing the incredible deals at Desert Hills Premium Outlets on this fun-filled excursion. Along the way, make a stop at an intriguing zoo and keep your eyes peeled for the homes of famous celebrities.

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Leave San Diego at 9am arrive at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway at 11:15. Take the 10 minute 2.5 mile trip, passing through 5 unique life zones as the tram car rotates 360 degrees giving incredible views of the valley below.

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