Beautiful Palm Springs, like many resort cities in California, had a unique foundation. Beginning primarily as a farming area it slowly grew into a popular destination for Americas rich and famous throughout the 1920s and 30s. Although it doesn’t get as many big-name visitors as it once did in its early heyday, the early visitors allowed this city to develop into a popular recreational and tourist destination that thrives to this day. Because of this palm springs vacation homes rentals can be found year-round and at quite affordable prices.
Until around the mid 50’s, most of the Palm Springs residents would depart the hot city during the summer months as the temperature climbed, but not anymore. The city is home to roughly 20000 residents year-round and they either work in the many resorts and golf courses that dot the city, or they are enjoying their retirement.
So why would you visit Palm Springs you might ask? Well, there are plenty of reasons, luxury resort, countless outdoor recreational activities, historic locations and then the surrounding desert that you can also discover. In the article, I want to show you some of the things that you can get up to in PalmSprings and why you should put it on your list of places to visit in California.
Take a trip to the desert:
Most people’s view of the desert is this barren expanse with nothing to see or do. Where this might be true in some cases it is usually a false idea. Deserts are home to amazing animals and insects, stunning landscapes and hidden history and the deserts around Palm Springs are some of the most stunning to visit especially within California.
You can rent a car or go on a tour of some of the many parks and canyons that surround Palm Springs, these include Joshua Tree National Park and the Agua Caliente Indian Canyons. If you go on a tour you will learn all about the history of the area, find unique fauna and flora and hopefully some wildlife.
One of the most popular and unique places you can visit is the San Andreas fault line. There are few places in the world where you can see the true power of the planet than on the San Andreas fault line. You will hear about its power and effects on the landscape of California and be among a select group of peoples who have been able to see a fault line with the naked eye. A must do for anyone visiting the city or surrounding areas.
Enjoy the cities many incredible amenities:
With over 300 days of sunshine each year it is quite easy to see why the rich and famous of the early 1900s decided to use this place as their getaway from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood.
Many of the attractions which brought these people here have been expanded or updated including casinos, resorts, golf courses and a host of other amenities to keep you and your company happy while in Palm Springs.
With over 100 golf courses to choose from and year-round tournaments and competitions taking place you can find a course for all levels and while away your days in the stunning countryside. The best way to enjoy your vacation though is to stay at one of the many golf course resorts. Thus, combining luxury, relaxation and the outdoors all in one.
Some of the most luxurious resorts include the Renaissance Esmerelda in Indian Wells and the Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort in Palm Desert. These are the more high-end resorts and have their own private golf courses and almost everything else you could ask fo4 when on holidays. You will find many of these will have kids’ clubs as well, so you have nothing to worry about except the game at hand.
Follow in the footsteps of the rich and famous:
The early celebrities who visited Palm Springs left their mark on the city and helped it grow into what it is today. Many commissioned artists and architects to design their homes and business in the city giving it the unique look it has today, and many famous buildings and residents still stand which catered for these people. Many are now tourist attractions in their own rights and small businesses have developed around this also.
One of the most popular attractions is the Elvis honeymoon hideaway. The Las Palmas estates was rented out to Elvis and his new wife Priscilla for their honeymoon in the 1960s. It has now become a tourist destination with Elvis look-alikes who guide you through the home and tell you about the history of the estate.
Another popular area to spot some celebrity memorabilia is the Palm Spring walk of stars. Although not as famous as its holiday wood counterpart this walk of stars is dedicated to those who have lived in the palms springs area. You can find the names of former presidents, Hollywood stars literary and business personalities among others. It is a great way to get an understanding of the rich and famous who lived here.
If any intrigue you I am sure some knowledgeable local will be able to point you in the direction of a former home or business.
Although only three short ideas on things to do in Palm Springs, you can see that it is enough to keep you busy for a considerable period. Maybe you will have to extend your vacation home rental, so you will have enough time.