Nestled at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains, the beautiful desert resort city of Palm Springs is an international destination for outdoor sports enthusiasts, Mid-Century architectural admirers, and fans of the glamour of Golden Era Hollywood. Palm Springs is located approximately 110 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 140 miles northeast of San Diego, making it an ideal distance for Southern California residents to escape for a quick getaway weekend or the perfect locale for a second home. With an average of 350 days of sunshine and less than 5 inches of rainfall annually, Palm Springs is the ultimate location for sun lovers who enjoy a dry, arid climate. Palm Springs lies on the western boundary of the Coachella Valley, welcoming the 2.5 – 3.5 million tourists that visit the desert resort cities of Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, and Indio annually.
Palm Springs residents and visitors alike can enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding in the Indian Canyons; take jeep tours of the Palm Springs Wind Farm or nearby Joshua Tree National Park; or take a ride up the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway for year-round outdoor adventures. Of course, another option is the Coachella Valley’s favorite past-time, golf. Palm Springs is the one of the most sought-after destinations for golf with over 100 private and public courses available throughout the Coachella Valley, including the famed O’Donnell Golf Club, the oldest course in the desert. For indoor entertainment, experience the stimulating exhibits at the Palm Springs Art Museum, meander through the designer, boutique shops of the Palm Springs Uptown Design District, or enjoy the scents and tastes of the various unique cafes and restaurants in the downtown village area, host to the ever-popular, weekly Palm Springs Village Fest.
The ancestral home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians turned Old Hollywood retreat; Palm Springs offers the opportunity to enjoy a unique slice of Southern California history. As early the 1930’s, Palm Springs has been the setting of numerous film and television shoots. Palm Springs is the host city for the Palm Springs International Film Festival & ShortFest, the American Documentary Film Festival, the Arthur Lyons Film Noire Festival, the Native Film Festival (a signature cultural event for the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum), and Cinema Diverse, the Palm Springs Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.
A longstanding destination for national and international conferences, the Palm Springs Convention Center is also host to the Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala, the Desert AIDS Project’s signature Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards, as well as parties and events for the Dinah Shore/Club Skirts and White Party weekends. In 2005, the Palm Springs Convention Center completed a massive expansion, adding over 100,000 square feet and featuring a stunning, new design, by Fentress Architects, markedly influenced by the natural colors and landscape shapes and contours from the surrounding desert.
Architecture lovers travel from around the globe every year to the Coachella Valley to see the unparalleled wealth of Mid-Century architecture, particularly for the annual Palm Springs Modernism Week. Examples of the work of noted designers and famed architects such as William Cody, Edward H. Fickett, Albert Frey, A. Quincy Jones, William Krisel, John Lautner, Richard Neutra, Donald Wexler, E. Stewart Williams, and Paul Williams, among others, can be seen throughout the Palm Springs area. Visitors to Palm Springs can see tours of these glorious structures of Mid-Century design year-round given by the Palm Springs Historical Society.
For unmatched natural beauty, year-round sunshine and the ever-growing wealth of cultural diversity, history, and resources, Palm Springs is a perfect vacation destination and an even better place to call home.