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An Adventurer's Playground

You might call Greater Palm Springs a geological wonder, with date palm-filled valleys, rock formations, mountains and oasis springs. Get a full lay of the land on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which launches you up 4 kilometers to Mountain Station summit. Ride a hot air balloon over the oasis. Head to Joshua Tree National Park and explore 200,000 hectares of wilderness by rock climbing or on a naturalist-guided Jeep tour. At The Living Desert, a zoo and botanical garden, see desert tortoises and Mexican wolves, as well as native flora. Golf to your heart’s content – Greater Palm Springs is known as the “Golf Capital of the West” – or try FootGolf, which combines soccer with golf. Visit the BMW Performance Driving School West (only one of two in the U.S.) and hit the test track for an adrenaline-filled experience like no other.

 

Refined Cultural Gems

As much a free spirit as it is a bastion of Old Hollywood glamour, Greater Palms Springs’ character is easy to fall in love with. If it’s art you’re after, dip into the galleries along Palm Canyon Drive. Take a Palm Springs Modern Tour to see the area’s midcentury modern architecture (there’s more here per hectare than any other place in the world). Tour Sunnylands Center & Gardens, a large midcentury modern estate on a golf course, where world dignitaries and presidents meet. To round out your education in all-things-modernist, visit the Palm Springs Art Museum.

 

Elegant Relaxation

Kicking back in style is a way of life here. To get in the spirit, retire to a historic resort or full-service luxury resort and soak up the sun by the pool or hot springs, leaving only to shop in high-fashion El Paseo shopping district or Palm Canyon’s boutiques in downtown Palm Springs (two outlets, Desert Hills Premium and Cabazon, provide a more affordable alternative). End your stay with a Celebrity Tour, where you’ll see where the Hollywood stars lived and played and leave with some very good stories – and make a few of your own.  

Fun Fact

A Palm Springs infinity pool with a view
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With more than 50,000, Greater Palm Springs has more pools per capita than anywhere else in the country.

Greater Palm Springs offers a wide variety of dates, including Medjool dates
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The date gardens in Greater Palm Springs produce more than 80 percent of this Middle Eastern delicacy in the United States, making it the nation’s Date Capital.

Palm Desert's Golf Cart Parade in full swing
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Greater Palm Springs hosts the nation's only city-wide Golf Cart Parade. Each fall, about 25,000 spectators turn out along El Paseo Drive in Palm Desert to watch more than 100 golf cart-powered floats.

View from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
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