The ancestral home of the Cahuilla Indians, Palm Springs pulses with the presence of its original inhabitants. Whether visiting downtown’s Spa Resort Casino, “taking the waters” of the resort’s spa, or hiking in the lush Indian Canyons, an aura of spirituality permeates the land. The city itself is probably best known as a hideaway for celebrities who flocked here during the 20th century.
Over the years, Palm Springs grew into a destination with a global reputation for first-class resorts and hotels, modern architecture, great restaurants, eclectic shopping, and year-round fun. Top events include Palm Springs International Film Festival in January, Modernism Week in February, and VillageFest every Thursday night on Palm Canyon Drive. Complete your visit with a ride on Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to enjoy the refreshing beauty of the San Jacinto Mountains.
For those who live to shop, retailers of every stripe comprise the Uptown Design District on North Palm Canyon and along the downtown strip. The restaurant scene continues to grow, with excellent dining at venues such as Trio, Lulu California Bistro, Cheeky’s, and Zini Café Med joining long-standing establishments such as Le Vallauris and LG’s Steakhouse.
As one of the first and arguably the most famous desert resort destinations in the United States, Palm Springs has a celebrity vibe that’s hard to beat.