Palm Springs

77° - January
78° - February
81° - March
83° - April
87° - May
89° - June
91° - July
91° - August
89° - September
86° - October
81° - November
78° - December
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You know you've got a good place when people who already live in a favorite vacation destination choose to leave it behind to go there. Since the 1950s, movie stars started flocking to the warm dessert resorts in Palm Springs when they wanted something a little more relaxing or adventurous than Hollywood. It's immediately clear that Palm Springs truly is an oasis when you come upon its lush landscape after driving through California's deserts. Chilled streams keep guests cool in the hot summer heat and natural hot springs keep guests cozy in the colder (though still comfortable) winter chill. Although it's full of outdoor fun, like hiking and pool-lounging, Palm Springs wouldn't be the vacation destination of the elite without a touch of California class. Chic dining, shopping, museums, casinos, and world-famous golf round out any vacation to Palm Springs, a true paradise in the desert.
Photo Credit: Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism
Photo Credit: Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism
Photo Credit: Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism
Photo Credit: Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism
Photo Credit: Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism
Photo Credit: Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism
Photo Credit: Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism
Photo Credit: Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism
Photo Credit: Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism
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    A Retreat from the Hustle and Bustle

    Stressed? Overworked? Looking for a relaxing getaway? Palm Springs and the valley area offer that peaceful, calm atmosphere with a touch of fun and activity if you're up for more than sipping cocktails poolside. But don't be mistaken - there are plenty of pools and plenty of cocktails to be had.

    In the winter and spring you can pick grapefruits, oranges, and cumquats for fresh squeezed citrus deliciousness. If you're in the mood for Taco Tuesdays then swing into Diego's Mexican Grille in Indio for tasty tacos and chicken tortilla soup.

    Surely you've heard that Palm Springs is great for golf. Tee up at Indian Wells golf course which has breathtaking views. It's a public course and it can be a bit pricey, but if you can find a local Indian Wells resident to take you as their guest the rates are significantly lower.

    Looking for art or trinkets? Downtown Palm Springs turns into a Street Fair on Thursday nights. Old Town La Quinta has a farmers market and art fair Saturday mornings. And don't forget Coachella in the spring...

    If you're in to hiking you can take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and walk around above the clouds (if there were any clouds). There's also Idyllwild which is about a 45 minute drive. And if you're looking for a low-key short stint away from the pool then you can stroll around Tahquitz Canyon.

    Palm Springs has been known as a retirement destination but you may be surprised by the youth and liveliness in this small town in the desert. Kick back, relax, and enjoy!

    Older and Wiser

    This used to be where performers from Las Vegas came to retire. Sadly a great show, the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies, will perform their last in April 2014. Go now while you have a chance! This is a fun event that provides a different type of spectacle, not found in your average desert town. Not to take away from the Aerial Tramway, a trip to the top of one of the surrounding mountains, or a bus tour of the current and past residents' homes, also found in Palm Springs.

    Whatever you do, plan to do it a slow pace. The locals are retirees are in no hurry (dang-nabbit) so use this opportunity to lay about in one of the many resorts. If you stay at the JW Marriott take advantage of the free boat ride around the property and visit with their lobby parrot.

    Tip: Dress warm when visiting the top of the mountain, it gets chilly!

    Quirky & fun city

    Not knowing what to expect from Palm Springs, I was surprised at how unique and quirky it is. A city in the middle of the CA desert, Palm Springs has the "old hollywood" feel and a fun crowd of vacationers. While there are no beaches, the tramway and the surrounding national parks make this a great trip to see the outdoors. If you want to lounge, there is no shortage of fancy pools and cocktails, as well as some fun bars and clubs to get to at night.

    Aerial Tramway

    Take a tram ride up Chinco Canyon and experience breathtaking views of the area. The tram can rotate 360 degrees to give you the perfect view. At the top you can enjoy delicious food or take a hike. No matter what time of year it is, you'll love this ride!
    Cost: Children 3-12: $16.95, Adults: $23.95
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    Palm Springs Art Museum

    This museum is located in downtown Palm Springs. It features both permanent and temporary exhibits that are worth going through!
    Cost: Children 12 and under: Free, Adults: $12.50. Thursdays after 4 pm is free admission for all.
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    Indian Canyons Golf Resort

    Surrounded by mountains this golf course is gorgeous! They offer 2 courses to choose from, driving range and restaurants. Make a reservation at least a week in advance!
    Cost: From $50
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    Palm Springs Municipal Airport [PSP]