Located at the base of the majestic San Jacinto Mountains, Palm Springs boasts around 360 days of sunshine and an undeniably stunning desert scenery. This upmarket hideaway has long been a favourite with the Hollywood A-listers including Frank Sinatra to Elvis Presley, and it's easy to see why. Experience the chill lifestyle of the oasis in the charming city of La Quinta, stroll the designer and boutiques shops of El Paseo in Palm Desert or enjoy the dining, nightlife and entertainment options of energetic downtown Palm Springs. Hike through ancient palm groves, explore nearby Joshua Tree National Park and soar up the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the world's largest rotating tram car for breath-taking views of the city below. Popular for its quirky mid-century modern architecture and every spring, the epic Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. You can spend a sun-soaked afternoon by the sparkling pools, play a round of golf at one of the championship golf courses or soak in the healing mineral water at many of its fabulous spas. This Southern California desert oasis is a destination on its own or the perfect stop for a few days on a southern California road trip.
Climate and Best Time to VisitFamous for its temperate winters and 300-plus days of sunshine, Palm Springs is a destination that can be enjoyed all year round. From December to March expect plenty of sun and blue skies with pleasingly cool evenings. Springtime brings slightly warmer temperatures that provide the perfect reason to take a dip in the pool. July to September are the warmest of the months with sometimes very high temperatures, making it a great time to enjoy morning hiking and outside evening dining under the stars. It is also a great time to take advantage of low season rates on hotels. The Fall resembles other destinations' summers and is one of the best times to visit, expect blue skies and slightly cooler nights.
Eating OutFrom the old school tiki bars to chic modern steakhouses to streetside eateries, Palm Springs has it all. The world's wealthiest people with the most fanciest of fancies roam the streets of Palm Springs. Rest assured that the city has the best there is to offer in terms of food and gastronomy. From Japanese to Indian and from Mediterranean to Turkish, the city serves it all.
ShoppingWhether it is antiques, silver, gold, or simple souvenirs, there's a lot to shop for in Palm Springs. Featuring a range of designer shops, local boutiques, streetside outlets as well as premium markets, the shoppers here in the city are assured of a great time. Downtown Palm Springs and El Paseo Shopping District are few of the places where shopping could be relatively affordable in Palm Springs.
Popular HotelsPalm Springs is teeming with opulent villas and luxury hotels. This is where the celebrities from Hollywood come to relax, so you could well imagine the kind of hospitality being showered here. This is not to say that the city has nothing to offer to travellers on a limited budget. There are plenty of options for them as well.