The main drag through Palm Springs is North Palm Canyon Drive. Shopping the antique and specialty shops along this route is a popular pastime. Every Thursday the road is closed to vehicles, and local merchants fill the streets with goods and fresh produce, such as the plump dates that grow especially well in the valley. Sunbathing on one of the 355 days of annual sunshine is another popular pastime, and at night, the streets come to life with dance clubs, stage shows, and concerts. Palm Springs is located in south central California along I-10, about two hours from Los Angeles or San Diego.
Six must-do tasks for any visitor to Palm Springs.
- Take the Tram. A "must see" while visiting Palm Springs, you'll be taken on a genuine Swiss tram car to the top of Mount San Jacinto - 8,516 feet above the valley. There you are transported to the threshold of the 13,000 acre Mt. San Jacinto Wilderness State Park, with 54 miles of biking trails, cross country skiing, and magnificent views of Coachella Valley below.
- Visit Villagefest. Every Thursday evening from 6-10 PM glamorous downtown Palm Springs is transformed into a vibrant old fashion street fair, complete with musicians, local arts and crafts, food, and a farmer's market. Villagefest is located between Baristo and Amado Roads on Palm Canyon Drive.
- See The City. Learn of the rich history of the area, view the city's distinctive architecture and see how the rich and famous live, including 30-40 homes of famous Hollywood stars. Palm Springs also has miles of well marked and maintained biking trails. For the more adventurous there is also horseback riding and ballooning, a spectacular way to see the valley.
- See The Natural Splendor. Some of Southern California's most breathtaking scenery can be found in the Palm Springs area. Joshua Tree National Park offers 870 square miles of splendid wonder, including hiking, rock climbing, picnicking and more. The Indian Canyons are 3 magnificent canyons 5 miles south of the town center on South Palm Canyon Road with amazing plant life and lush vegetation among rock formations and waterfalls. The Living Desert is an incredible 1,200 acre reserve combining the delights of a zoo, botanical garden, and scenic wilderness in one facility. And the Moorten Botanical Gardens feature over 3000 varieties of cacti and desert plants from all over the world.
- See The Arts. Palm Springs has always been associated with the arts. Here are a few of the area's top venues. The world famous Palm Springs Desert Museum offers an excellent permanent collection of Western and Native American art, as well as fine traveling collections. The McCallum Theater features top rated entertainment in all areas of the performing arts. The Annenberg Theater is a wonderfully intimate theater presenting top rated theater, dance, and musical entertainment. And among the top art galleries in the area are: B. Lewin Galleries, Coda Galleries, Heusso Gallery, and The Art Place.
- Enjoy World Class Golf And Tennis. Whether you golf for fun or serious sport, Palm Springs has a course for you. The area boasts over 90 different golf courses, many designed by international legends such as Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. Some of the best courses open to the public include: Mesquite Country Club, Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort, Westin Mission Hills, Palm Desert Country Club, and The Woodhaven Country Club. Excellent tennis is also available at many of the golf and tennis resorts located throughout the valley, and free court time can be found at Demuth Park, Palm Springs High School and Ruth Hardy Park in Palm Springs.
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