A longtime playground for Hollywood royalty and other celebrities, the Palm Springs area is as much a lifestyle as a desirable vacation destination, attracting visitors from around the world with its abundant natural and recreational attractions. This golfer's paradise offers everything under the warm sun to captivate visitors of every age and interest. From playing the greens, the courts or the games of chance at a casino, to exploring the gamut of fashionable shopping, renewing spa treatments and fascinating wildlife, to sampling local street fairs, farmer's markets, wine tastings and Broadway shows, each person on your vacation can enjoy their favorite activities surrounded by invigorating California environs.
No matter how many times you visit California's golf haven, you’re sure to find a clear sky and exciting game. There are well over 100 golf courses in the Coachella Valley, and the ever-popular Pete Dye resort course and Gary Player signature course are conveniently located right at the resort. Both of these championship courses offer professional golf instruction and clinics.
Embark on an intrepid exploration of varied desert dreamlands via foot, bicycle, horseback or even open-air jeep. Scenic trails take you through the remarkable natural features and animal life of Palm Springs Indian Canyon or the Painted Canyon of Mecca Hills, while the more than half-million acres of wilderness at Joshua Tree National Park allow you to tread on untouched grounds.
Children of every age can get up close and personal with the exotic wildlife and wonders of the desert at the 1,800-acre Living Desert preservation park, showcasing rare animals from throughout North America and Africa, while the indoor Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert inspires scientific curiosity with more than 50 hands-on exhibits for plenty of active exploration and play.
Up and Up
Make any moment magical as you soar over the valley in a hot air balloon through the clear desert sky—especially breathtaking at sunrise and sunset—or journey 8,500 feet up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon in the world's largest rotating tramcar at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to take in gorgeous panoramic views or a cool hike in mountaintop wilderness, depending on season.
Embark on an extraordinary shopping odyssey on Palm Desert's world-famous El Paseo, a magical mile of more than 300 chic shops, exclusive boutiques, eclectic art galleries, fine jewelers and quaint dining, rightfully referred to as "The Rodeo Drive of the Desert." The River right in Rancho Mirage is also a great place to shop and eat with buildings winding around a relaxing waterway.
Humana Challenge (January)
Continuing the tradition of the former Bob Hope Classic, the expanded Humana Challenge golf tournament draws a worldwide audience for its 72-hole pro-am style event that pairs PGA Tour golf professionals with Hollywood celebrities.
International Film Festivals (January and June)
In January, A-list celebrities kick off the award season here, lighting up the night sky at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and the star-powered entertainment picks back up at ShortFest in late June.
Pete Carlson's Golf Expo (February)
Held each year at Desert Willow Golf Resort, this two-day event brings together golf's biggest brands and manufacturers to offer free custom club fittings, free range balls and expert advise on the industry's cutting-edge golf equipment.
BNP Paribas Open (March)
The most-attended tennis tournament outside of the Grand Slams, this 96-draw event combines both men and women over an exciting two-week period on the ATP and WTA world masters tours at the gorgeous Indian Wells Tennis Garden, which boasts an impressive 16,100-seat stadium.
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival rocks 75,000 plus fans each year with 120-plus top musicians giving rousing open-air performances at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, while also showcasing a diversity of artists and food vendors.