Palm Springs Travel Guide

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Palm Springs is an enjoyable place to visit. With numerous resorts, spas and golf courses, Palm Springs is bound to please those who are in dire need of some quality rest and relaxation. Palm Springs also caters to the adventurous traveler. If it’s recreation that you’re looking for, Palm Springs’ highest peaks offer great hiking trails and marvelous views of the valley below. Shoppers and avid diners also have a place in this city as it boasts unique boutiques, world-class art galleries and one-of-a-kind culinary delicacies.

The Palm Springs Official Visitors Center

A visit to the Palm Springs Official Visitors Center makes for a great first-stop upon your arrival to this desert oasis. The friendly staff here will be happy to assist you in finding a place to stay, a good restaurant or leisure activities. They even have a gift shop where you can purchase gifts and souvenirs. The Visitors Center is located on North Palm Canyon Drive which is one of the gateways leading into downtown Palm Springs .

The Aerial Tramway

Right up the road from the Visitors Center is the famous Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Visitors from all over the world flock here to ride the Swiss-made tram system built especially for the ride up to Mountain San Jacinto State Park . Enjoy a 360 degree view of the valley as you ride up in a rotating gondola from the foot of the mountain to the top. During the winter, snow-shoeing and sledding are popular activities so be sure to dress warm. For the adventurers that want to bypass the tram altogether, there are marked hiking trails that lead up to the top. There is plenty to explore in this beautiful State Park. Whether you want to go on overnight hiking/camping trips or a simple short hike, this place has it all.

Downtown Palm Springs

Palm Canyon Drive is Palm Springs’ official downtown area. In this charming district, you will find great shopping and unique restaurants. There are also several museums here including the Palm Springs Art Museum. The Spa Resort and Casino is also located here and is a popular destination for travelers. If you’re in the mood for live theater, there are a few options including the Palm Canyon Theater with headliners such as Gypsy and Miss Saigon.

Palm Springs Architectural Tour

To learn more about the city, there are tours available. One of the most notable ones is the Palm Springs Architectural Tour which takes you around to some of the city’s most notable architectural landmarks. There is also a tour that will drive you by notable homes such as those owned by movie stars and other iconic figures. Whether you want to play, shop or just relax, Palm Springs awaits your visit-rain or shine!


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