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Greater Palm Springs is an oasis of relaxation, vitality and creativity. The desert comes alive here, with beautiful scenery, fabulous shopping and dining, golf, music, art, outdoor exploration and more. You’ll never want to leave.

Vibrant creativity, charm, luxury and spectacular scenery come together in Greater Palm Springs, making this destination a centre of adventure, escape, activity, relaxation, art and music.

The region consists of nine unique communities set against the backdrop of the Santa Rosa, San Bernardino and San Jacinto Mountains: Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio and Coachella. Each of these cities has its own distinctive cultural and culinary attractions, and each is a great jumping-off point for day trips in the region’s abundant natural spaces.

Blessed with year-round sunshine, Greater Palm Springs is famed as a golfer’s paradise. Among its scenic courses are venues suitable for everyone from first-timers to pros.
The region’s resort communities, such as the de Anza Country Club in nearby Borrego Springs and the private Toscana Country Club in Indian Wells, offer a range of challenges and high-end amenities.

The area is host to pro-am, celebrity and charity golf tournaments. Every April, for example, the ANA Inspiration LPGA Golf Tournament tees off at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage.

Many tournaments have long histories of fundraising for national causes.
For example, the CareerBuilder Challenge (formerly the Humana Challenge), an annual tournament that began in 1960 and gained fame as the Bob Hope Classic, has to date raised more than $57 million US for local charities.

High-calibre international tennis also draws crowds to Greater Palm Springs, where the two-week BNP Paribas Open competition at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden is the world’s most-attended tennis tournament outside the Grand Slams.

Excellent health care services abound in the region. The Eisenhower Medical Center welcomes Canadian patients and even offers a “passport” that gives them special pricing. Eisenhower is renowned for cardiovascular, orthopedic, oncology and neuroscience specialties.

Desert Regional Medical Centre also serves Canadian visitors frequently, performing orthopedic procedures, bariatric surgeries and a full range of cardiac, neurological, oncological and respiratory care.

Greater Palm Springs is known for its museums and art galleries. This year the region’s creative community is coalescing around something new: Desert X, a free-to-the-public exhibition of art installations across Greater Palm Springs through April.

Desert X is art that happens outside the walls of galleries and museums. It’s (mostly) outdoors and often in unexpected places. For locations and information about the artists, their projects and all the other events running alongside this groundbreaking creative happening, check out the Desert X program at desertx.org.

Greater Palm Springs is often cited for its near-perfect examples of Modernist design and architecture, celebrated each February during Modernism Week.

Inspired by the region’s natural beauty and unique character, mid-20th century designers like Albert Frey and John Lautner created homes, hotels and civic buildings that are considered iconic examples of this linear, uncluttered architectural form.

Guided or self-guided public art tours are a popular pastime in cities like Indio, La Quinta and Palm Desert, as are annual arts festivals including the outdoor La Quinta Arts Festival in March and the Indian Wells Arts Festival each April.

For serious film buffs, the Palm Springs International Film Festival is a can’t-miss each January, followed by the renowned American Documentary Film Festival and the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival.

June’s Palm Springs International ShortFest rounds out the cinematic season.
For some, shopping is the ultimate sport, and Greater Palm Springs is a great place to raise your game. With vintage stores, boutiques and high-end designer names, the destination caters to all tastes.

Music fans from all over North America converge on Greater Palm Springs each April for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, a two-weekend event that fills Indio’s Empire Polo Club. Commonly referred to simply as “Coachella,” the festival has featured hundreds of artists since its inception in 1999—a diverse lineup ranging from Radiohead and the Avalanches to Paul McCartney, Toots and the Maytals, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Kendrick Lamar.

The weekend following Coachella, it’s the country genre’s turn to shine at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival.

After days filled with art and activity, you’ll savour world-class food and wine at one of more than 600 restaurants in a dining scene rich with excellent local produce, creative chefs and ethnic influences.

The region is also known for its spas and wellness experiences. With natural hot mineral springs believed to have healing properties, as well as treatments and techniques from around the globe, Greater Palm Springs is the ultimate feel-good destination.

Start planning your trip now at visitgreaterpalmsprings.com.