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PALM SPRINGS TRAVEL GUIDE

A Guide to California's Desert Oasis

Palm Springs, California


Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley Restaurants, Hotels, Attractions and More

Few desert locations possess the glamour of Palm Springs. This stylish city, which as early as 1936 boasted polo, tennis, gaming, night clubs and more swimming pools than any other city in the U.S., was thought of as the Palm Beach of the West. Many Hollywood stars considered this exclusive desert enclave their own private hideaway — Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Kirk Douglas all built homes during the the early days of the city. U.S. Presidents including Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson have visited while in office — Palm Springs International Airport is large enough to handle Air Force One — while Gerald and Betty Ford moved here after their days in the White House. Today, this archetypal desert playground revolves around recreation and leisure. Bask in its hot, dry climate as you play golf on dozens of championship courses — or enjoy a reprieve from the little white ball with a soothing spa session or a day of superb shopping. Whatever your choices, this inimitable resort town invites you to revel in its discovery.



RESTAURANTS


Dining room at The Edge in Rancho Mirage, CA

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HOTEL REVIEWS

La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Palm Springs, CA

From 29 Palms to Rancho Mirage, we offer professional hotel reviews and ratings, so you can enjoy the perfect stay:

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Bright days can always be found at La Quinta Resort & CLub, one of GAYOT's Best Hotels in Palm Springs

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HOTEL FEATURE STORIES

The sun sets over the plaza of Omni Rancho Las Palmas, a resort for all ages in Rancho Mirage, CA

ONE OF THE COACHELLA VALLEY'S LARGEST RESORTS
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

A full-service, sprawling resort offering everything from gonodolas to golf.

Get more insight into this luxurious resort

THE HOTSPOT FOR OLD HOLLYWOOD STARS
La Quinta Resort & Club
A full-service landmark resort that just gets better with age.

Experience a piece of the golden age of Hollywood

AN ITALIAN HIDEAWAY IN PALM SPRINGS
Miramonte Resort & Spa
A Tuscan-style setting and well-tended grounds add to the appeal of this resort.

Discover more of Miramonte's country charm

LOOKING FOR HIP & TRENDY
Parker Palm Springs

Setting the standard for the next generation of great Palm Springs hotels.

Enjoy the laid-back, cool vibe

AN OASIS AGAINST THE SANTA ROSA MOUNTAINS
Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa
Tennis, tee times, treatments and plenty of poolside opportunities await at this full-service resort.

Learn more about this hacienda-style getaway

WHERE THE OLD MEETS THE NEW
Riviera Palm Springs
A mix of Hollywood Regency and Mid-Century Modern with plenty of great outdoor spaces.

See what else this landmark hotel has to offer




SPAS

Riviera Palm Springs: A mix of Hollywood Regency and Mid-Century Modern

WELLNESS & WHOLENESS IN THE DESERT
The Best Spas in Palm Springs & the Coachella Valley
We've tested the latest treatments, met with the practitioners and visited the newest retreats to find the best spas in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley.

Pamper yourself at any of these revitalizing spas

Check out GAYOT's spa feature for The Well at Miramonte Resort & Spa



YOGA

Nurturing Nest in the picturesque Palm Springs area is one of GAYOT's Top Yoga Retreats

TOP YOGA RETREAT
Nurturing Nest
Located near Joshua Tree National Park, Nurturing Nest in the picturesque Palm Springs area is a tiny but lovingly tended hot springs retreat and spa. With just seven plain but pretty rooms, the nest offers weekend yoga classes and treatments.

Enjoy the silence of the desert and heal


ATTRACTIONS

Get an up-close look at desert animals from North America and Africa at The Living Desert

THE BEST OF THE DESERT
Top 10 Things to Do in Palm Springs
Discover the top attractions in the Coachella Valley with GAYOT's list of the Top 10 Things to Do in Palm Springs, from top-notch shopping to stunning natural wonders to opulent Mid-Century Modern mansions.

Begin your desert adventure

Get plenty of ideas on how to spend your 72 hours in Palm Springs

72-HOUR VACATION
Palm Springs
Many visitors are content to spend their Palm Springs trip relaxing by the pool, but there’s plenty to do otherwise. Hollywood history, golf, tennis, Mid-Century Modern architecture, new-age spas, ancient deserts and mountain wilderness await vacationers in this sanctuary set below the San Jacinto mountain range.

Make your stay an unforgetable three days

The "Miss Josephine" Curtiss P40 Hawk at the Palm Springs Air Museum

WWII FIGHTER PLANES
Palm Springs Air Museum
A great way to avoid the heat is to visit the air-conditioned hangar housing the Palm Springs Air Museum. Located at the Palm Springs International Airport (PSP), the museum features dozens of aircraft as well as an extensive aviation library.

You'll be blown away by these aviation wonders

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

UP, UP AND AWAY
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will whisk you away for a 2.5-mile gondola ride up Mt. San Jacinto to a lofty 8,500 feet above sea level. The gondola rotates ever so subtly en route, so if you don't have the view you want, all you have to do is wait.

Feel like you're floating on air and take in the scenery

Sunnylands, the former residence of Ambassador Walter Annenberg, hosted many famous leaders and celebrities

HISTORIC RETREAT
Sunnylands
Home to the personal collection of Ambassador Walter and Leonore Annenberg, Sunnylands Center & Gardens features letters from past presidents and the British royal family, more than 3,400 books and one of the most important collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings in the world.

Plan your visit and get a further peak into Sunnylands history


Visit the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism official website or the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau official website
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