Introduction to Palm Springs, California
Palm Springs is situated in the Coachella Valley in Riverside County. The desert city is a well known resort location. Golfing, tennis, hiking and horseback riding are very popular activities. Palm Springs has become a prominent location for the gay community. It's a popular destination for college students for Spring Break.
The city typically receives less than six inches of rain per year. During the winter the temperature is usually in the 70s and during the summer, daytime temperatures are often above 100 degrees. Mid-century modern architecture is seen throughout the city. Tourism and casino gambling are the primary factors for the economy. It's a popular location for festivals, international events and conventions.
The Agua Caliente Indian Tribe of the Cahuilla Indians were the original inhabitants. In 1896 the U.S. Government created the Agua Caliente Reservation. The original reservation was comprised of alternating squares of acreage, which provided a checkerboard appearance. The non-reservation squares of land were given to the Southern Pacific Railroad to entice them to construct a railroad line through the desert.
The Indians were allocated 32,000 acres of land and a portion of the property is situated inside the city limits which makes the Agua Caliente Tribe the largest landowner in Palm Springs. During the late 1970s a vast number of retirees relocated to the Coachella Valley as permanent residents.
- Palm Springs Art Museum is a notable venue.
- The Augua Caliente Indians offer the Spa Resort Hotel and Casino.
- Moorten Botanical Garden and Catarium includes a vast amount of desert cactus and other desert plants varieties.
- Palm Springs Air Museum showcases a large collection of aircraft, including propeller-powered World War II airplanes.
- The historic Inns of Palm Springs, mostly located in the nearby foothills, used to cater to well known celebrities. They are unique structures and are worth viewing.
- Upscale shops on Palm Canyon Drive.
- Palm Canyon Theatre provides a wide variety of theatrical productions.
- Pacific Life Open is a prominent tennis event.
- Palm Springs Power Baseball is comprised of college all-star players.
- The vast Living Desert Zoo and Gardens includes rare desert animals, African animals and hiking trails.
Golfing is a major activity in Palm Springs. More than 100 quality courses are available for golf enthusiasts. Tourists enjoy riding in the largest rotating tramcars in the world. The cars of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway travel up an incline of about two and half miles and offer the riders scenic views of the Coachella Valley. At the top the temperature is typically 30 degrees cooler than the valley floor.
The Indian Canyons including Tahquitz, Palm, Andreas and Murray canyons provide natural beauty and opportunities for hiking. Joshua Tree National Park and Idyllwild Mountain Resort are popular destinations which are less than an hour from Palm Springs.
Events and Nightlife
The Palm Springs International Film Festival is a renowned event. The Gay Pride Parade and Festival attracts a large crowd. The popular Village Feast occurs once a week downtown and offers arts and crafts, a variety of food, a farmer's market and entertainment. For dining, visitors can choose from hundreds of restaurants.
The active nightlife features venues such as the Blue Guitar, Zeldaz Dance Club & Beach Club, the Elbo Room, Village Pub and the Casablanca Lounge. The Palm Springs Follies stage show consists of entertainers who or more than 55 years of age. Copy Katz - Showroom and Backstage Bistro is a popular venue featuring celebrity impersonators.