Palm Springs

Palm Springs is a resort city in the California desert. It became a destination during the 1950s and 1960s when Hollywood movie stars flocked there in droves.

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Palm Springs International Airport

Located right in the heart of Palm Springs. Scheduled daily flight connections with major cities throughout the United States and Canada. Served by Westjet and all major US airlines except Southwest. Palm Springs International Airport is also popular for general aviation and business jet travelers. Air taxi and aircraft charter companies provide private aircraft charter services from this airport. You can take Palm Springs bus number 24 to go from the airport to downtown Palm Springs. The bus does not stop right at the terminal; you'll need to catch the bus one block west of the airport at Civic Drive and East Tahquitz Canyon Way.


Del Marcos Hotel

A 17 room boutique hotel that has been modernized and restored. Originally built in 1947 out of native stone and redwood, surrounding a shimmering pool, featuring a U-shape plan which encourages socializing among guests. Designed by the world famous, William F. Cody, the Del Marcos is one of the most photographed hotels in Palm Springs. Walking distance to downtown Palm Springs and nestled up against the majestic San Jacinto Mountains. The hotel features standard rooms to suites with full kitchens and private patios. Complimentary breakfast, happy hour, bikes, parking and wi-fi.

SLEEP   —  225 w. Baristo Road


Sun Bus

Run by the city, has routes around the town and to some neighboring resort cities. Fares for one ride are: $1.00 for adults 18-59, 85¢ for youths 5-17, 50¢ for seniors 60+, with medicaid and disabled. A transfer that allows unlimited rides for two hours costs 25¢. A day pass for unlimited rides costs $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for youths between 5 and 17 years old, and $1.50 for seniors 60 years and older with a medicare card, DMV Driver License, Senior ID card, SunLine Half-Fare ID card. A 10-ride pass costs $10.00 for adults, $8.50 for youths and $5 for seniors.

OTHER   —  Map

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

The "one" thing to do in Palm Springs if you only have a limited amount of time, and a good place to go to get away from the heat. Incredible views at night, and snow in the winter. Beware that the official address, is the address of the Visitor Center. To get to the tram car base station, you need to drive 10 minutes or walk about 2 hours. There is no shuttle.



Colony Palms Hotel

Recently overhauled, this is Moroccan themed hotel. Accommodation ranges from simple king rooms to jr suites and casitas with outdoor patios and tubs. The Purple Palm restaurant/bar is at the edge of the pool. Free Wi-Fi and self parking for guests, valet available on weekends.

SLEEP   —  572 N. Indian Canyon Dr

Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films

Largest short film festival in North America; second largest in the world. An Academy sanctioned festival. Fifty of the short films screened at this festival have been nominated for Academy Awards. The public can meet up-and-coming directors and actors at special parties.

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Los Arboles Hotel & El Mirasol Restaurant

A charming boutique hotel near downtown, built in the 1930’s with a distinctive Spanish Colonial style, Los Arboles was renovated in 2011. Has a heated pool, Jacuzzi, free Wi-Fi and indoor and outdoor special event space. On-site Mexican restaurant.

SLEEP   —  +1 760 459-3605 —  266 Via Altamira

Blue Guitar

This blues and jazz bar is located on the second story in downtown Palm Springs. Featuring a live band on the weekends for $10, the music will get you up and going. The drinks are bit pricey, but the atmosphere is well worth it.

DRINK   —  120 S. Palm Canyon Dr


Casitas Laquita

Fifteen rooms and suites. Single-story building resembling Spanish casitas style. Romance Suite with private yard and jacuzzi. All rooms have full kitchens and some with fireplaces. Adult-only property. Lesbian-friendly hotel.


El Rancho Lodge

Small motel with some nice features A great library of books and DVDs and DVD players in every room, friendly owners/managers, nice pool and hot tub in the courtyard and Louise, the resident dog will win over your heart.


Palm Springs Art Museum

Founded in 1933, the museum hosts special exhibits and work from its permanent collection which includes Ruscha, Robert Arneson, Nathan, Charles Russell, Frederic Remington and Native American and Mesoamerican Art.


Tylers Burgers

This small hamburger joint, famous for their sliders, is considered by locals to have the best hamburgers in Palm Springs. Only open for lunch. Be sure to get there early or be prepared to wait.


All Worlds Resorts

Clothing-optional gay resort in the heart of the Warm Sands area. Two sparkling pools are the centerpieces of their courtyard gardens with mountain vistas. Has a steam room and sauna.


Palm Springs International Film Festival

Held the first two weeks of January. One of the largest film festivals in North America. A star-studded black tie gala, it is open to public with the purchase of gala tickets.

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Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort

Consists of two spectacular 18-hole golf courses, both offer gorgeous views. Golf Digest recently rated Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort as "one of the best places to play"

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LA/Ontario International Airport

Located in Ontario, about 70 miles to the west of Palm Springs, has many more flight connections and is the closest airport served by Southwest Airlines.

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Desert Sun Resort

PA nudist resort in the heart of downtown, offering hotel rooms and villas. There are three pools, spa service, a restaurant and bar and nightclub.


Queen of Hearts

Palm Springs' first very lesbian friendly hotel is located in the quiet Deepwell neighborhood, just two blocks from East Palm Canyon.

SLEEP   —  435 Avenida Olancha

Alexander Inn

A secluded retreat with lush gardens, mountain views and one & two bedroom villas with separate living/dining areas and kitchens.


La Dolce Vita Resort & Spa

La Dolce Vita Resort, "The Sweet Life" is inspired by the beauty of the Tuscany region in Italy. Has 20 guest rooms and suites.

SLEEP   —  1491 S. Via Soledad

Indian Canyons

Tahquitz Canyon, Palm Canyon, Andreas Canyon and Murray Canyon, were sacred Native sites, now open to the public for hiking.

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Rendezvous Bed & Breakfast

Has a pool. All rooms feature a King bed, TV, DVD & CD players, mini-fridge and microwave. Some rooms have whirlpool tubs.


Canyon Club Hotel

32 rooms surround the sun-drenched courtyard. Eight of the suites have fully-equipped kitchens, eight have private patios.


Best Western Inn at Palm Springs

Renovated guestrooms with features like a 24-hour outdoor pool, spa, and sundeck, and wireless broadband Internet access.


Villa Royale Inn

Features spacious guestrooms, a restaurant, two heated pools, and landscaped grounds with panoramic mountain views.


Chaps Inn

Secluded environment with a broad range of amenities. Heated pool and steam room. Clothing is not required.

SLEEP   —  312 Camino Monte Vista

Melvyn's

Old world style featured on "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous. Live entertainment and happening bar scene.

EAT   —  200 W. Ramon Rd

Le Parker Méridien

A fancy boutique hotel with quirky art and fun modern design. Norma's is a five-star diner with a twist.


The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn

One of Palm Springs’ 10 oldest sites. Hollywood history with modern comforts. AAA Four-Diamond Award.


Palm Springs Air Museum

Nice place to go to if you have half a day to spare. Home to great condition WWII airplanes, etc.


Old Ranch Inn

Located in the Historic Tennis Club District, which is in the heart of the Downtown Village.

SLEEP   —  220 South Patencio Rd

Vista Grande Resort

Has multi-level gardens, blue lagoon, waterfalls with ring of fire and a lively steam room.

SLEEP   —  571 Warm Sands Dr

Art

Palm Springs has more than a dozen art galleries featuring local artists and desert themes.

BUY   —  Map

Riccio's Steak & Seafood

Steak and seafood from an iconic restaurant family. Patio dining on Palm Canyon Drive.

EAT   —  495 N Palm Canyon Dr

Tortuga del Sol

An owner-operated clothing-optional resort catering to gay male singles and couples.

SLEEP   —  715 East San Lorenzo Rd

Spa Resort Casino

Offers live entertainment, restaurants, a players club, and over 1000 slot machines.


Agua Caliente Cultural Museum

The history and culture of the Agua Caliente Tribe is on display. Admission is free.


Santiago Resort

Santiago Resort is a 24-room resort, marketed primarily to the gay male community.

SLEEP   —  650 San Lorenzo Rd

El Mirasol

Voted the best Mexican food in the desert by the readers of Palm Springs Life.


Hacienda at Warm Sands

The Hacienda at Warm Sands is a member of the World's Foremost Gay Hotels.

SLEEP   —  586 Warm Sands Dr

La Joya Inn

Private gay men's clothing-optional resort in the heart of Palm Springs.


Desert Paradise Resort Hotel

Clothing-optional gay men's resort at the center of gay Warm Sands.

SLEEP   —  615 Warm Sands Dr

Margarita's

Eclectic menu from Mexican to Steak and Sushi. Live entertainment.


Kaiser Grille

Good American food right in the middle of downtown Palm Springs.


Le Vallauris

Expensive, but good French food off of S. Palm Canyon Drive.


El Mirasol Villas

Walled and gated, the resort is in the Warm Sands area.

SLEEP   —  525 Warm Sands Dr

The Chop House

Steakhouse along the main drag of Palm Springs.


Warm Sands Villas

Intimate gay men's resort, close to downtown.


Inndulge

Gay men's resort in the heart of Warm Sands.

SLEEP   —  601 Grenfall Rd

Desert Eclipse

A plush gay men's clothing-optional resort.

SLEEP   —  +1 760 325-0655 —  537 Grenfall Rd

Windsor Limousine Service

Executive Limousine and Town Car Service.

OTHER   —  +1 855-313-6080 —  Map

Triangle Inn

Romantic and relaxing or fun and frisky.

SLEEP   —  555 East San Lorenzo Rd

Terra Cotta Inn Clothing Optional Resort and Spa

Considered a "mainstream" nudist resort.

SLEEP   —  2388 E. Racquet Club Rd

Desert Hills Premium Outlets in Cabazon

Large outlet mall with over 100 stores.


Chestnutz

Hotel for men who want to be pampered.

SLEEP   —  641 East San Lorenzo Rd

Rainbow Bar & Grill

The best Sunday brunch downtown.


Days Inn

Offers comfortable rooms.


Century Palm Springs

A boutique resort.

SLEEP   —  598 Grenfall Rd


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