Palm Springs

Palm Springs

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.

“It’s the magic air ... like nowhere else on the planet — sensual, warm, healing, calming. A true remedy for long life and health.” — Suzanne Somers

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.Forever Marilyn in Palm Springs

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.

Tips & Fast Facts

  • See compelling exhibitions and an outstanding permanent collection at Palm Springs Art Museum.
  • The popular Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade engages more than 80,000 holiday revelers each December.
  • Marvel at The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies, a talented cast of “mature” singers and dancers (minimum age 55) performing at the historic Plaza Theatre. After (or before) visit the 26-foot sculpture of Marilyn Monroe located catty-corner from the theater.
  • Spend the day perusing clothing and retail items with a midcentury modern flair in Palm Springs Uptown Design District. Later, dine at one of several Uptown restaurants.

Timeline

1920s - Hollywood celebrities discover Palm Springs as the perfect place to play in the sun.

1938 - The city incorporates.

1964 - Palm Springs Municipal Airport opens (now Palm Springs International Airport).

1984 - Palm Springs Convention Center is completed. In 2005, a $34 million expansion and renovation takes place.

1990 - The inaugural Palm Springs International Film Festival launches, the brainchild of then Palm Springs Mayor Sonny Bono.

2012 - Palm Springs lives up to its Hollywood East reputation with the debut of the annual American Documentary Film Festival featuring special guest Oliver Stone.

 

source: Palm Springs Life