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Plan Your Palm Springs and the Desert Resorts Vacation

With the Palm Springs area’s year-round sunshine, luxurious spas, chef-driven restaurants, and see-and-be-seen pool parties, it's no wonder that Hollywood A-listers and weekend warriors make the desert a getaway. Stretching south and east of the city along Highway 111, the desert resort towns—Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, and Indio, along with Desert Hot Springs to the north—teem with resorts, golf courses, and shopping centers. Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and other artistic communities lie farther north and northeast. To the south, the wildflowers of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park herald the arrival of spring.

Well before it became the darling of the current crop of überhip Angelenos, the Palm Springs area was the playground of the celebrity elite. In the 1920s Al Capone opened the Two Bunch Palms Hotel in Desert Hot Springs (with multiple tunnels to help him avoid the police); Marilyn Monroe was discovered poolside in the late 1940s at a downtown Palm Springs tennis club; Elvis and Priscilla Presley honeymooned here—and the list goes on.

In recent years the desert arts scene has blossomed as spectacularly as the wildflowers of Anza-Borrego. For urban-chic contemporary artwork, stop by downtown Palm Springs’ Backstreet Arts District, but try to slip away to the rural areas—the aforementioned Yucca Valley but also Joshua Tree, Pioneertown, and Twentynine Palms. Each April attention centers on Indio, where the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, California’s largest outdoor concert, generates a frenzy of cultural activity.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Fun in the sun The Palm Springs area has 350 days of sun each year, and the weather is usually ideal for playing one of the area's more than 100 golf courses.
  2. Spa under the stars Many resorts and small hotels now offer after-dark spa services, including outdoor soaks and treatments you can savor while sipping wine under the clear, starry sky.
  3. Personal pampering The resorts here have it all, beautifully appointed rooms packed with amenities, professional staffs, sublime spas, and delicious dining options.
  4. Divine desert scenery You'll probably spend a lot of time taking in the gorgeous 360-degree natural panorama, a flat desert floor surrounded by 10,000-foot mountains rising into a brilliant blue sky.
  5. The Hollywood connection The Palm Springs area has more celebrity ties than any other resort community. So keep your eyes open for your favorite star.

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When to Go

Desert weather is best between January and April, the height of the visitor season. The fall months are nearly as lovely, but less crowded and...

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