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[ '''Palm Springs'''] is a resort city in the [[Desert (California)|desert]] region of [[Southern California]].
It became a destination during the 1950s and 1960s when Hollywood movie stars flocked there for nearby relaxation and vacations.
Nowadays, the entire Palm Springs metro area is growing and offers entertainment for all ages, although the most common demographics still consists of retirees. Palm Springs offers indoor and outdoor activities. Known for its hiking, mid-century modern architecture, natural beauty, and sparkling pools, Palm Springs has the perfect blend of outdoor activities and casual relaxation. Rain is rare, so the weather is often very dry. Palm Springs has a high percentage of gay residents and is a favorite for gay travellerstravelers, and also [[naturism|naturist]] communities.
===By plane===
*[ '''Palm Springs International Airport'''] ({{IATA|PSP}}). Located right in the heart of Palm Springs. Scheduled daily flight connections with many cities, especially western US cities. The airport is served by all major US airlines (except Southwest) either with nonstop flights or with connections. Palm Springs International Airport is also popular for general aviation and business jet travellerstravelers. Air taxi and aircraft charter companies such as [ '''Air Royale International'''], [ '''Jetset Charter'''], [ '''Monarch Air Group'''] and [ '''Desert Jet'''] provide private aircraft charter services from this airport.
*[ '''LA/Ontario International Airport''' ] in [[Ontario (California) | Ontario]], about 70 miles to the west of Palm Springs, has many more flight connections and is the next closest large commercial airport. This airport is served by Southwest Airlines.
===By train===
*'''Amtrak Station''', 300 North Indian Canyon Drive (''.6 mi south of Interstate 10''), 1-800-USA-RAIL (872-7245), []. Amtrak's Sunset Limited route connects Palm Springs with Los Angeles and with Arizona and points eastward with three westbound and three eastbound trains per week (arriving Wednesday. Eastbound trains arrive at 12:36am on Mondays, FridayThursdays, and Sunday). Amtrak also provides Palm Springs with connections to Saturdays, and from the San Joaquins westbound trainsat 2:02am on Mondays, which run up California's Central Valley to the Bay Area and SacramentoWednesdays, via multiple daily Amtrak Thruway motorcoach runs to and from Bakersfield. This Amtrak Thruway bus service has stops at both Downtown Palm Springs (100 Indian Canyon) and at the Palm Springs Int'l Airport. It does not stop Fridays at the rail depot station, which is about 10 3-4 miles north of Palm Springstown, in the middle of the desert. Be aware that there are no rental car agencies that provide shuttles to the Amtrak station in Palm Springs and there is no public transportation available there. The "station" is really just an open platform without any building(though well-maintained) with a plain shelter, no amenities or services available. Taxis from the Palm Springs Amtrak to the Palm Springs airport (where the rental cars are available) is cost about $30 (2008). Amtrak also provides Palm Springs with connections to and from the Pacific Surfliner and Metrolink trains at Fullerton, with 1 roundtrip terminating at Palm Springs, and one more continuing on to Indio. Amtrak also operates connecting buses to the San Joaquins trains, which run up California's Central Valley to the Bay Area and Sacramento, via multiple daily Amtrak Thruway motorcoach runs to and from Bakersfield, 2 round-trips of which go to Palm Springs and Indio. These Amtrak Thruway bus services have stops at both Downtown Palm Springs (100 Indian Canyon) and at the Palm Springs Int'l Airport. They do not stop at the rail depot.
===By car===
Palm Springs and the surrounding environs are mostly flat and dry and can make for good cycling during the cooler months. Numerous rental facilities can be found around town.
== See ==
* '''Palm Springs Aerial Tramway''', 1 Tramway Rd, ''760'' -325-1391, []. The "one" thing to do in Palm Springs if you only have a limited amount of time, and a good place to go to get away from the heat. Incredible views at night, and snow in the winter. Beware that the official address, 1 Tramway Rd, is the address of the Visitor Center. To get to the tram car base station, you need to drive 10 minutes or walk about 2 hours. There is no shuttleThe tramway was closed through April 1st, 2019 because of damage caused by a storm, but has since re-opened.
*<do name="Sunnylands" alt="" address="37977 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, California 92270" directions="" phone="760.328.2829" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Magnificent estate of the Annenbergs that has hosted many world leaders and been called the "Camp David of the West." Must see for those interested in architecture, design, and art. Estate includes world-class artwork, the exquisitely-designed house, spectacular views, and impeccably maintained gardens. Visitor center is open to the public for free but the actual residence is only available through guided tours ($35/person). Tours are very intimate and in high demand so tickets must be reserved beforehand.</do>
* The '''Indian Canyons'''. Tahquitz Canyon, Palm Canyon, Andreas Canyon and Murray Canyon, were sacred Native sites, now open to the public for hiking. []
* '''Historic Plaza Theatre''', 128 South Palm Canyon Drive, ''760'' -327-0225, []. Currently closed. Former home of the '''The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies'''.
* '''Palm Springs Art Museum''', 101 Museum Drive, ''760'' -325-7186, []. Founded in 1933, the museum hosts special exhibits and work from its permanent collection which includes Ruscha, Robert Arneson, Nathan, Charles Russell, Frederic Remington and Native American and Mesoamerican Art.
* '''Palm Springs Air Museum''' 745 N. Gene Autry Trl, ''760'' -778-6262, []. Nice place to go to if you have a couple of hours to spare. Home to great condition WWII airplanes and more.
*'''Palm Springs International Film Festival''', []. Held the first two weeks of January. One of the largest film festivals in North America. A star-studded black tie gala, it is open to public with the purchase of gala tickets.
*'''Palm Springs International ShortFest''', []. Largest short film festival in North America; second largest in the world. An Academy sanctioned festival. Fifty of the short films screened at this festival have been nominated for Academy Awards. The public can meet up-and-coming directors and actors at special parties. Held June 16-22, 2015.
* '''Agua Caliente Cultural Museum''' 219 S. Palm Canyon Dr., ''760'' -778-1079. The history and culture of the Agua Caliente Tribe is on display. Admission is free.
=== Events ===
* '''Spa Resort Casino''', 401 E. Amado Rd, ''760'' -883-1000, []. Offers live entertainmantentertainment, restaurants, a players club, and over 1000 slot machines.
* '''Kaiser Grille''', 205 S. Palm Canyon Dr, ''760'' 323-1003, []. Good American food right in the middle of downtown Palm Springs.
* '''The Chop House''', 262 S. Palm Canyon Dr, ''760'' 320-4500. Steakhouse along the main drag of Palm Springs.
* '''Le Vallauris''', 385 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way, ''760'' 325-5059, []. Expensive, but good french food off of S. Palm Canyon Drive.
* '''Riccio's Steak & Seafood''', 495 N Palm Canyon Dr. Steak and seafood from an iconic restaurant family. Patio dining on Palm Canyon Drive.
* '''Cipollini Osteria''', 1260 S. Palm Canyon Dr. Some of the best Italian food in the desert. Live entertainment nightly.
* '''El Mirasol''', 1450 E. Palm Canyon Dr. Voted the best Mexican food in the desert by the readers of Palm Springs Life.
* '''Melvyn's''', 200 W. Ramon Rd. Old world style featured on "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous. Live entertainment and happening bar scene.
* '''Margarita's''', 1000 E/ Tahquitz Canyon. Eclectic menu from Mexican to Steak and Sushi. Live entertainment.
== Drink ==
* '''Blue Guitar''', 120 S. Palm Canyon Dr. This blues and jazz bar is located on the second story in downtown Palm Springs. Featuring a live band on the weekends for $10, the music will get you up and going. The drinks are bit pricey, but the atmosphere is well worth it.
* '''Cambridge Inn''', 1277 South Palm Canyon Drive, []. 66 rooms, many with private patios, and the heated pool and Jacuzzi spa.
* '''El Rancho Lodge''', 1330 E Palm Canyon Dr., ''760'' 327-1339, fax ''760'' 327-7689 []. Small motels with some nice features A great library of books and DVDs and DVD players in every room, friendly owners/managers, nice pool and hot tub in the courtyard and Louise, the resident dog will win over your heart.
* '''Motel 6 Downtown''', 660 South Palm Canyon Drive, ''760'' 327-4200, Fax: (760) 320-9827, []
* '''Motel 6 East-E Palm Canyon''', 595 East Palm Canyon Drive, ''760'' 325-6129, Fax: (760) 320-9304, []
* '''Vagabond Inn Palm Springs''', 1699 South Palm Canyon Drive, ''760'' 325-7211, []
*[ '''Chase Hotel'''], 200 West Arenas Rd, toll free: +1 888 320 8867, .
*[ '''Terra Cotta Inn Clothing Optional Resort and Spa'''], 2388 E. Racquet Club Rd. ☎ +1 800 786 6938. Considered a "mainstream" nudist resort.
*<sleep name="Old Ranch Inn" alt="" address="220 South Patencio Rd" directions="" phone="+1 877 565-3726" url="" checkin="3pm" checkout="11am" price="$169-219" lat="" long="">In the exclusive Historic Tennis Club District and in the heart of the Downtown Village. 8-poolside suites range in size from full-suites to a 1-bedroom luxury apartment with fireplace.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Alexander Inn" alt="" address="1425 S. Via Soledad" directions="" phone="+1 (760) 327-4970" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">The Alexander Inn is a private secluded retreat with lush gardens, dramatic mountain views and spacious one and two bedroom villas with separate living/dining areas and fully equipped kitchens. Relax poolside, play bocce ball in the garden, hike in nearby Tahquitz Canyon, or walk to downtown Palm Springs.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Colony Palms Hotel" alt="" address="572 N. Indian Canyon Dr" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From $199" lat="" long="">Recently overhauled, this Moroccan themed hotel is comfortable and charming, and staff are welcoming and helpful. Accommodation ranges from simple king rooms, to jr suites and casitas with outdoor patios and tubs. The Purple Palm restaurant/bar sits at the edge of the pool, and is a busy but not too raucous scene on the weekends. Free wifi and self parking for guests, valet available on weekends.</sleep>
*<sleep name="The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn" alt="" address="412 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way" directions="" phone="+1 (760) 320-0771" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From $275" lat="" long="">One of Palm Springs’ 10 oldest sites. Hollywood history with modern comforts. AAA Four-Diamond Award.</sleep>
* <sleep name="All Worlds Resorts" alt="" address="526 Warm Sands Drive" directions="" phone="+1 (760) 699-7641" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Clothing optional gay resort located in the heart of the popular Warm Sands area. Two Four sparkling pools , Two jacuzzis are the centerpieces of our courtyard gardens with their mountain vistasviews. We also have a steam room and sauna.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Bearfoot Inn" alt="" address="888 N. Indian Canyon Drive" directions="" phone="+1 (760) 699-7641" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Clothing optional gay resort geared towards the bear community, but welcomes everyone. The only gay resort in the historic Movie Colony, located within walking distance to great restaurants and Palm Springs’ gay district.</sleep>
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