Once you arrive in the Greater Palm Springs area, you’ll never want to leave. Here, you’ll find an unbeatable desert playground for activities like golf, tennis and anything outdoors, not to mention a thriving arts and culture scene, rejuvenating spas, boutique shopping and so much more.

More than 300 — that’s how many days you can count on for sunshine in Greater Palm Springs. But the year-round warm, sunny weather isn’t the only draw to this colourful oasis region. Residents and visitors alike enjoy its outdoor adventure offerings, opportunities for relaxation, vibrant health and wellness scene and high-end dining.

At the forefront of this destination’s charms is its natural topography. Wreathed by the San Bernardino National Forest, Salton Sea, Joshua Tree National Park and the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa mountains, the nine distinct cities that make up Greater Palm Springs are surrounded by beautiful landscapes.

Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio and Coachella — each city has its own allure.

Should you be seeking a golfer’s paradise, you’ll have over 100 renowned lushly manicured golf courses throughout Greater Palm Springs from which to choose, set against stunning mountain backdrops and designed by such legendary architects as Arnold Palmer, Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman. Even the PGA and LPGA Tours make stops in this golf oasis for annual tournaments.

Tennis lovers will want to take note of the annual BNP Paribas Open, held in March at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The two-week tournament is the largest in the world after the four Grand Slams.
To stay and play, La Quinta Resort features 23 state-of-the-art courts, with 10 lighted for night play. The resort’s signature tournament-style stadium center court — surrounded by vibrant flower-filled patios with a breathtaking backdrop of the rugged Santa Rosa Mountains — sets the stage for an extraordinary tennis experience.

Accessing all the draws of Indian Wells is made easy for members of the Toscana Country Club, a private equity club and luxury residential community framed by the local mountain ranges and dotted with palm and cyprus trees. At Toscana, you are encouraged to embrace the “dolce vita” and acquaint yourself with the property’s onsite wine cellar, Italian restaurant, spa, pools, tennis and pickle ball courts, and two scenic Jack Niklaus Signature Golf Courses.

To the north, in Desert Hot Springs, there is no shortage of world-class pampering. If you are seeking transformative health-and-wellness spa treatments, Desert Hot Springs (nicknamed “California’s Spa City”) is the perfect spot. Built over natural hot and cold mineral water aquifers, the welcoming city is home to more than 20 boutique hotels featuring therapeutic mineral springs, including the historic Two Bunch Palms Resort, which has been open since the 1940s.

In fact, all of the cities that make up Greater Palm Springs come together to create one serene and natural environment for wellbeing. There is no better place to ease into relaxation, embrace living well, and be your “wellest,” inside and out.

In addition, excellent health care services abound in the region. The Eisenhower Medical Center, the leading non-profit hospital in Greater Palm Springs, offers Canadian patients special rates. The Eisenhower has built a name for itself as a trusted provider of cardiovascular, orthopedic, oncology and neuroscience services.

The areas world-class medical industry also includes Desert Care Network (Desert Regional Medical Center, JFK Memorial Hospital, and the Hi-Desert Medical Center) and Desert Doctors, an association of independent doctors and practices.

The healthy dining scene in Greater Palm Springs only keeps improving, too, and those who prioritize nutritious eating have several ways to do so. There are inventive restaurants like Chef Tanya’s Kitchen in Palm Springs that serve up plant-based, vegan options in creative, filling forms (try Chef Tanya’s take on a BLT sandwich with tofu bacon) and spots like Wildest Greens in Palm Desert where fresh-pressed juices are always on the menu.

On most days of the week you can find a farmer’s market to visit and sample the produce grown in the rich local soil. For those looking to learn new skills, numerous cooking classes are also available across the cities in Greater Palm Springs, even some where you can learn from much-respected top chefs.

Shoppers, too, will be thrilled to visit Greater Palm Springs. From unique local boutiques, designer shops and vintage finds to major American retailers, there are plenty of options to discover. Fashionistas, especially, will love El Paseo in Palm Desert, where high-end fashion boutiques earned it the nickname “the Rodeo Drive of the Desert.”

Along this famed stretch, you’ll find one of the only two locations of Gail Jewelers in the world. Gail Jewelers are creators of fine accessories who prioritize high-end fashion while keeping comfort-of-wear in mind. Choose from decadent styling options like a necklace chain in pink gold, or opt to include a south sea pearl in your jewelry piece.

Treasure-hunting shoppers can also peruse some of the vintage and antique shops in the area, full of one-of-a-kind goods. Mid-century modern furniture buffs will find a plethora of stores to browse.

Also found in Palm Desert is the year- round College of the Desert Street Fair, with more than 300 different merchants, including a range of items like gourmet goods, local art, apparel and cosmetics. Every Saturday and Sunday, this open-air market delights its visitors. Special events, such as live music, are scheduled periodically.

For adventure-seekers, there are incredible hikes of all difficulty levels throughout the desert. The up-and-down Bump and Grind Trails near Palm Desert lead you to a view of the entire valley, and a ramble through the Indian Canyons leads hikers to waterfalls and native palm trees.

Of course, with all the warm daylight hours and more than 300 days of sunshine, golf and tennis can be played year-round. Yoga classes, too, are made more appealing by outdoor classes held in beautiful parks and green spaces right through December.

In the region, outdoor sport communities flourish. There are bicycle clubs, running clubs, yoga clubs and more, and short-term visitors are encouraged to drop in with groups.

Take in the great outdoors without exerting too much effort by hitching a 12-and-a-half-minute ride up the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the largest of its kind in the world. You’ll be whisked two-and-a-half miles straight up Chino Canyon, where red-brown cliffs and desert foliage surround the route on either side, until you arrive at the Mountain Station in Mount San Jacinto State Park. The fun doesn’t end there; at the nearly 9,000-foot elevation gain you can check out a natural history museum, two documentary theatres, onsite restaurants and more than 50 miles of hiking trails.

There are lots of indoor pursuits for the arts and culture-lovers in Greater Palm Springs, too. Numerous art galleries showcase local and international artists in a variety of mediums. Of course, even a stroll along city streets will often reveal striking homes and public buildings in the mid-century modern style that the area is famous for. Should you seek live theatre, film, live music or dance performances, there are a variety of venues and outdoor spaces consistently busy with rousing performances all through the region.

The harshness of winter will become a faint memory as you take your pick of the endless enticing ways to enjoy the Greater Palm Springs area. Indulge, play and be delighted daily by the special vibe of this sun-filled destination.

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