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A hundred miles east of LA in the Coachella Valley, Palm Springs is a popular place for a holiday. A weekend getaway for California's celebrity set, it has over 350 days of sunshine each year and is great for a golf holiday, a get together destination for the LGBT crowd, and popular if you want to escape the winter cold for a week away.
Palm Springs is not a big city. Its palm-lined streets are filled with fashionable boutiques, stylish hotels and kitsch tiki bars. On your holiday,h ead to the Uptown Design district, the largest collection of Mid-Century modern architecture in the world, and see Elvis' retro-style Honeymoon Hideout. Or you could venture downtown for the Palm Springs Art Museum and vintage Old Hollywood-style cocktails bars.
If your holiday is more than a few days here, explore the greater Palm Springs area, a string of desert cities in the Coachella Valley. Head south along Highway 111 towards Cathedral City and Rancho Mirage, both renowned for their quality golf courses.
Spend a day in Indian Wells, home to the Indian Wells Tennis Club and the BNP Paribas world tournament, while Indio, the small town in the far south of the region, attracts the Californian fashion elite to its legendary Coachella Arts and Music Festival each April.
Palm Springs is easy to explore. Hire a convertible sports car and drive through the desert plains towards Joshua Tree National Park, which lies 20 miles east of Palm Springs.
Drive north of downtown to soak in the natural thermal waters of Desert Hot Springs, or grab a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which travels from the desert floor to the frosty peak of the San Jacinto Mountains, where snow is not uncommon.
After a day of exploring Palm Springs shops and art museums, head downtown for cocktails and karaoke in a kitsch tiki bar or a romantic supper under the stars in an alfresco restaurant.
With endless sunshine, stylish Mid-Century hotels and a lively nightlife, Palm Springs is an ideal destination for a quick getaway or a longer holiday.
Built by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz as an exclusive desert getaway, this serene hotel overlooks lush fairways in the shadow of the Santa Rosa Mountains, 16 miles from downtown Palm Springs.
Situated in Indio, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Desert Adventures Metate Ranch and within 6 mi (10 km) of Indian Wells Tennis Garden and Indio's Municipal Golf Course. Coachella Valley History Museum and Indio Towne Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Rancho Mirage, this spa resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert, Sunnylands Center and Gardens, and Century Park. River and Big League Dreams Sports Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).
The Riviera Palm Springs, gives you easy access to many activities and things to do in Palm Springs, including magnificent hiking, unique jeep tours, museums and world-class shopping. While visiting, choose from many area Palm Springs attractions and shopping malls. Play golf on several nearby championship golf courses.
Situated in Desert Hot Springs, this spa hotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Desert Hot Springs Town Center and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Cabot's Pueblo Museum. Palm Springs Air Museum and Palm Springs Aerial Tramway are also within 12 mi (20 km).
This family-friendly Palm Desert condominium resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Desert Willow Golf Resort and Rancho Las Palmas Country Club. Living Desert Zoo and Gardens and River are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated near the airport, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ruddy's General Store Museum and Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium. Agua Caliente Cultural Museum and Baristo Park are also within 15 minutes.
Located in the golf, residential, and resort community of Palm Desert, this 400-acre Palm Springs-area resort includes 23 acres of artificial waterways. The River at Rancho Mirage entertainment complex is 4 miles away.
Boat Shuttles will be unavailable from Aug. 20 - Aug. 31, 2015 due to necessary lake repairs.