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There’s a reason why Greater Palm Springs consistently draws so many sun- and fun-seekers, especially during the colder months—it’s a premier destination that always delivers. The nine cities that make up Greater Palm Springs—Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio and Coachella—offer a unique blend of experiences. Not only is this Southern California resort oasis easy to get to by air, but it also features a plethora of things to see and do, which means visitors can design an escape that reflects their own tastes—from arts and culture to outdoor adventure to wellness.

For the arts and culture buff

Greater Palm Springs is a paradise for arts and culture lovers thanks to its expertly curated museums and art galleries, top-tier music and art festivals and innovative farm-to-table restaurants.

What to see

Sunnylands Center & Gardens. Photo courtesy of Greater Palm Springs CVB.

Travel back in time with a visit to Sunnylands Center & Gardens in Rancho Mirage and marvel at the estate’s historic residence and expansive grounds. Or view incredible blown glass, sculptures and paintings up close at the Palm Springs Art Museum. In March, a variety of must-see festivals unfold, including Palm Desert Food & Wine, the La Quinta Art Celebration and Fashion Week El Paseo.

Where to play

Photo courtesy of Gail Jewelers.


Shop some of the best retailers in the world at the El Paseo shopping district in Palm Desert. Getting around is easy, thanks to free golf cart-style courtesy carts. While there, be sure to stop in at the unforgettable Gail Jewelers to see its sparkling diamond collections. Afterward, dive into the history of American military aircraft at the Palm Springs Air Museum, which features more than 40 aircraft.

Where to eat

PS Underground. Photo courtesy of Greater Palm Springs CVB.

Be adventurous with a dinner hosted by the PS Underground, a supper club that hosts lavish and unique themed dining experiences such as an outdoor feast held under the stars. Seeking an unforgettable meal? Craft cocktails and food from local farms feature heavily on the menu at Workshop Kitchen + Bar, located in a historic building in the Uptown Palm Springs Design District.

Where to Stay

Holiday House. Photo courtesy of Greater Palm Springs CVB.

Sink into the high-class vintage appeal of Holiday House, a 28-room boutique hotel opened in 1951. Or enjoy the rooftop pool and bar and chef-driven restaurants at The Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs.The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage offers breathtaking views from its on-site restaurant, The Edge Steakhouse, as well as the spa, while Hotel Paseo is now open in the vibrant centre of Palm Desert.

Fixed Address

It’s easy to dream about living in Greater Palm Springs, but if you’re ready to make that dream a reality, consider Toscana Country Club. Centrally located in the city of Indian Wells, this resort is close to all the urban and natural draws of the area. This Mediterranean-style community has two Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses, an on-site spa and sports club, pickleball courts and restaurants. Plus, the entertainment calendar offers plenty of opportunities to socialize.

For the outdoor enthusiast

Epic terrain and 300-plus days of sunshine each year make Greater Palm Springs the perfect place for outdoor adventure. From golfing to guided hiking tours to lazy days by the pool, there’s something for everyone.

What to see

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Photo courtesy of Greater Palm Springs CVB.

Explore Greater Palm Springs on four wheels with Desert Adventures Red Jeep Tours. Choose from day trips or night tours, which include stargazing. See even more of the surrounding landscape by catching a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, a rotating tram car that glides over the cliffs of Chino Canyon and takes its passengers to a mountain station 8,516 feet high, where hiking trails, a museum and restaurants await.

Where to play

Indian Wells Golf Resort. Photo courtesy of Greater Palm Springs CVB.

Greater Palm Springs is home to many pristine public golf courses. Try the Pete Dye-designed Stadium Course at PGA West, where the greens challenge every golfer, or Indian Wells Golf Resort, which offers a fully lit nine-hole putting course as well as two full-size courses. For a family-friendly outing, discover the desert’s flora and fauna at The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens.

Where to eat

Cafe at Shields Date Garden. Photo courtesy of Greater Palm Springs CVB.

Savor a stuffed date wrapped in crispy bacon or delectable date pancakes (or both!) at the Cafe at Shields Date Garden in Indio, located on a sprawling date grove that also houses a botanical garden full of stone statues. For perfectly executed small plates with sublime wine pairings, pay a visit to Cork & Fork in La Quinta, and let the chef choose your menu.

Where to Stay

La Quinta Resort & Club. Photo courtesy of Greater Palm Springs CVB.

Begin and end your days with stunning views of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains from your hacienda-style casita at the dreamy La Quinta Resort & Club. Private and peaceful, the resort features secluded patios, hot tubs and 41 pools, restaurants and cafes, manicured greens and a network of trails to explore by bike or foot.

An Oasis of Healing

A storied health institution in Greater Palm Springs, the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage offers both day-to-day and long-term health -care options. Specializing in cancer, cardiovascular, neuro-science, orthopedics, primary care and more, the team of physicians at Eisenhower performs services like inpatient and outpatient surgery, joint replacement and therapy and rehabilitation for both visitors and residents.

For the wellness-minded

Peace, relaxation and rejuvenation await in the healing landscape of Greater Palm Springs. Discover the destination’s state-of-the-art spas, natural hot mineral springs and cutting-edge revitalizing treatments

What to see

The average daily high in the winter months in Greater Palm Springs is 23C. Photo courtesy of Greater Palm Springs CVB.

Desert-bathe on one of the many incredible hikes in the area and discover giant cacti, towering palm trees and local wildlife while taking in views of the incredible Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountain ranges. The Cross Loop Trail in Palm Desert rewards hikers with up-close views of its namesake, a 600-foot-tall cross, at its midpoint. Famous Joshua Tree National Park is also a must, as is the multicolored stone wall of Painted Canyon, south of Coachella. Find the perfect hike for you at hikingingps.com

Where to play

BNP Paribas Open. Photo courtesy of Greater Palm Springs CVB.

Play a game of tennis at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, where champions compete during the BNP Paribas Open tournament every March. You can also get your heart rate up by dropping in on a group workout class at Ara Pilates + Movement in Indian Wells or find your “om” at Power Yoga Palm Springs.

Where to eat

Chef Tanya’s Kitchen. Photo courtesy of Greater Palm Springs CVB.

Get your daily veggies at the creative and delicious vegan hot spot Chef Tanya’s Kitchen in Palm Springs as well as at the farm-to-table, vegan-friendly Heirloom Craft Kitchen in Indio. For fine dining that highlights local producers, visit Citrus & Palm Restaurant at Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa or treat yourself to cocktails and small plates at Kitchen 86 + Bar in Palm Desert.

Where to Stay

Two Bunch Palms. Photo courtesy of Greater Palm Springs CVB.

Built around a 600-year-old natural mineral spring, Two Bunch Palms encourages harmony with nature and features an immersive spa that uses water from the spring. This hotel is a beautiful retreat that considers the environment without compromising on stylishness. The indulgence continues at Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa—its Well Spa offers eucalyptus steam rooms, soaking pools and more.

Welcome Home

Tempted by everything Greater Palm Springs has to offer? You can live here and enjoy the fruits of the destination at Andalusia Country Club. Surrounded by the Santa Rosa Mountains, this resort community, located in the city of La Quinta, is just minutes from all the action, with easy access to the surrounding wilderness, as well as high-end shopping, gourmet restaurants and top-of-the-line sports facilities. On-site, enjoy golf, pickleball and tennis. Plus, enjoy events like wine tasting and holiday parties.