More than 300 years before Palm Springs became a hideaway for celebrities, the area was the home to the Cahuilla Indians. Their presence is still felt, especially when visiting downtown’s Spa Resort Casino or hiking in the canyons they once called home.
As early as Hollywood prospered, Palm Springs grew into a destination with a worldwide reputation for first-class hotels, modern architecture and year-round fun.
The city offers a variety of events, including Palm Springs International Film Festival in January, Modernism Week in February, and Village Fest every Thursday night on Palm Canyon Drive. And no visit would be complete without a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to enjoy the refreshing beauty of the San Jacinto Mountains.
For those who love 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 newcomers such as Trio, LuLu California Bistro, Cheeky’s and Zini Cafe Med joining long-standing establishments such as La Vallauris, LG’s Steakhouse and Las Casuelas Terraza.
As one of the first, and arguably the most famous resort destinations in the United States, the celebrity vibe of Palm Springs in hard to beat.
*Desert Publications Inc. (Desert Guide September 2011 Annual Edition)