Palm Springs, California has been long considered the jewel of the Coachella Valley. Located just a short drive from Los Angeles, this quaint desert village has been long associated with the Hollywood elite. In its early days, Palm Springs became the vacation playground of the Hollywood stars, including Marilyn Monroe, Gloria Swanson, Jack Benny, Elvis, Tab Hunter, etc. This list of Hollywood superstars that called Palm Springs their very own desert paradise is just too long for this short article. Today, local tours will take you into the past with visits to many of the homes of well known stars, some of whom are still in residence today.
Best known for it's abundant sunshine, golf courses, and majestic mountains, Palm Springs seems to have something for everyone. Take a ride to the top of Mount San Jacinto on the revolving aerial tramway, spend a day by the pool, enjoy sophisticated nightlife, or while away a few hours visiting the many galleries and antique stores. And don't forget the world famous Palm Springs Village Fest, a street fair that runs the length of the downtown district every Thursday night, 52 weeks a year. The Village Fest was the crowning acheivement of one of Palm Springs' celebrity mayors, Sony Bono and brings as many as five thousand curious shoppers to Palm Canyon each week. The Village Fest features many hand made crafts and artists, and showcases many dancers and musicians to add to the evening entertainment. Make sure to take a ride on the horse drawn carriages that circulate through the downtown district on many nights.
Palm Springs is mid distance between Los Angeles and San Diego, and easily accessible from the Palm Springs International Airport, with daily flights from major cities across the US.