California | Palm Springs

Running almost half the length of its east coast are California’s seductive and surprisingly varied deserts. To the north are the vast plains of Death Valley National Park and along the central region is the constantly changing terrain of the Mojave. The southernmost end of the Mojave extends to Joshua Tree National Park, named for the trees which envelope its desert landscape. Sitting here, cushioned between Joshua Tree National Park and the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains are the prestigious Palm Springs Desert Resorts.

Rancho Mirage, surrounded by scenic views, blue skies and clear desert nights offers the ultimate retreat destination experience. Yet its location, in the heart of the Palm Springs area provides great access to a myriad of attractions. Rancho Mirage also offers some of the regions most exclusive golf and spa resorts. La Quinta is home to over 20 exceptional golf courses, including the nationally acclaimed Arnold Palmer Classic Course at SilverRock. If golf isn’t your game, take an exhilarating bike ride, romantic hike, stroll charming La Quinta Village and enjoy the host of dining pleasures available. Palm Desert boasts two of the deserts most popular attractions, The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens which is a truly fabulous day out for visitors of all ages, and El Paseo, Palm Deserts very own Rodeo Drive.

Palm Springs is the cosmopolitan city hub of the desert resorts. Here you can dine in world class restaurants and stay in boutique-style hotels and although a city it offers a distinctly smaller town atmosphere. Stroll Palm Canyon Drive, and every turn you take reveals a reminder of Palm Springs’ Hollywood past, even today it is the home to the unique Palm Springs Follies. Visit Palm Springs Aerial Tramway which has been delighting its guests for over 30 years, carrying them from the hot desert floor to a snow dusted alpine forest at 8,516ft.

Just minutes from Palm Springs lies the desert sanctuary of Indian Wells. Stunning mountain vistas and swaying palm trees provide a beautiful backdrop to the luxurious golf, tennis and spa resorts. Home to the prestigious Indian Wells Tennis Tournament and Indian Wells Golf Resort it also offers several other year round recreational activities including hiking, biking, canyon jeep tours and hot air balloon rides. With all this on offer, 360 days of sunshine and an average temperature of 74 degrees why wouldn’t you choose to visit?

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