Here’s why Palm Spring attract snowbirds of diverse interests: Palm Springs has everything from golf, polo, and hiking to shopping, spas and one spectacular aerial tram.
Palm Springs is one of those places that looks pretty good to a whole lot of people at this time of year. And it’s not just the weather!
In Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells, Indio and the other desert resort cities in the Coachella Valley of Southern California, you can camp for the winter in luxurious RV resorts that offer first-class amenities.
Palm Springs acquired the title “Playground of the Stars” during the ’30s and ’40s when it was just a village in the desert and a popular weekend Hollywood getaway destination.
Today, the village has grown and attractions consist of much more than just hanging out beside the pool. Whether it’s golf, tennis, polo, shopping, basking in the sun, hiking, biking, or a trip up the aerial tram, Palm Springs is a winter desert paradise with abundant artesian wells. An escape from winter’s chill and snow, it is also a destination filled with numerous places to visit and things to do.
The Agua Caliente Cahuilla were the first to settle here and their descendants established the Indian Canyons, one of the most beautiful attractions for any Palm Springs visitor. You can hike Palm Canyon, Andreas Canyon, and Murray Canyon. Unlike other area trails, most of the trails in the Indian Canyons follow running streams. Native palms and indigenous flora are abundant.
There are two weekly markets that are more than just shopping trips, they are events. On Thursday evenings, Palm Canyon Drive turns into Villagefest, a street fair with crafts, fresh produce, food stalls, and live music. Saturday and Sunday mornings, the College of the Desert in Palm Desert hosts another street fair.
Located in Palm Desert, the world famous El Paseo Shopping District features over 300 world-class shops, locally owned boutiques, art galleries, jewelers, top name retailers such as St. John and Gucci, and gourmet restaurants set against a scenic backdrop.
East of the desert cities, Joshua Tree National Park protects two unique desert climates—the low altitude Colorado Desert and the higher, moister, and cooler Mojave Desert, home of the Joshua tree.
Nestled at the feet of the Indio Hills, the Coachella Valley Preserve is the Old West just minutes from the desert cities. A beautiful attraction especially if you like to hike, the Preserve is a natural refuge of desert wilderness and over 25 miles of hiking trails.
Complete your Coachella Valley journey with something sweet by visiting the Shields Date Garden in Indio and you’ll find yourself in a date oasis. Enjoy a date milkshake, a variety of delectable dishes in the garden café, or educate yourself by viewing a 15-minute documentary, Romance and Sex Life of the Date. Be sure to also take a stroll through the garden in the back.