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From shopping to distinctive architecture to the area’s famed healing waters, there’s a lot going on in our part of the world. If you’re looking for a unique angle for your story, check out our story starters below. Or, for additional assistance, contact Joyce Kiehl at or (760) 969-1338.

Film Lovers Haven & Filmmaker's Paradise

The film season in Greater Palm Springs kicks off in January at the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Black Tie Gala. More than 2,000 celebrities and film lovers flock to the awards gala, which has become known as an earlier indicator of the front-runners for the various awards programs like the Academy Awards.  In total, seven film festivals are hosted in Greater Palm Springs, including the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Palm Springs International ShortFest, Festival of Native Film & Culture, Cinema Diverse, Arthur Lyons Film Noir, American Documentary Film Festival, and the AMFM Festival.  Beyond the celebration of films, the favorable climate and distinctive topography found within Greater Palm Springs have made the area a sought-after location for film production as well as commercial and print photo shoots.

Healing Mineral Waters

Home to what are often considered the most mineral-rich hot springs in the world, the city of Desert Hot Springs is home to a variety of unique (and some legendary) resorts, which welcome guests from around the world. The amazing hot mineral water and cold water aquifers were first discovered in the 20th century by homesteader Cabot Yerxa who called the site of the wells "Miracle Hill." The City of Desert Hot Springs hosts an annual Spa Tour, giving visitors an opportunity to explore each of the individual resorts in the area.

Hollywood’s Playground

Since the 1930, Greater Palm Springs has been recognized as a celebrity retreat for such luminaries as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe. Today, celebrity tours provide visitors an exclusive way to discover the private estates of some of the most noted names in Hollywood. Even a few vacation rentals were once celebrity homes. In downtown Palm Springs, follow the Palm Springs Walk of Stars featuring more than 300 stars of celebrities, humanitarians, professional athletes, civic leaders and other influencers.

Outdoor Adventure

Seeking extreme or soft adventure? Greater Palm Springs offers a wide range of experiences, all set against a backdrop filled with abundant sunshine and spectacular scenery. Climb aboard the world's largest rotating tramcar at The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to experience a breathtaking journey up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon. Take an off-road adventure by exploring the San Andreas Fault, Indian Canyons or the unique Joshua Tree National Park. Soar above the desert in a hot air balloon, or discover the outdoors on horseback through the majestic canyons and mountain vistas. Enjoy stunning views as you hike through the countless trails throughout the Coachella Valley.  From the beautiful slotted Painted Canyons to The Araby Trail which takes you past the former home of Bob Hope, Greater Palm Springs offers trails for all ability levels.


From the Hotel Lautner in Desert Hot Springs to Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage,  Greater Palm Springs  has one of the largest concentrations of mid-century modern architecture in the country. Since the 1920s, visionary modernist architects have designed sleek, modern homes that have embraced the desert environment. Guided tours are available, where visitors can learn about the local architecture and the architects who put modernism on the map. Modernism also flourishes in numerous retro, boutique shops selling mid-century modern furnishings, vintage clothing, art and estate treasurers. Every February, Modernism Week celebrates desert modernism through design and architecture tours, events and programs. In October.


Greater Palm Springs has always been as a favorite destination for the LGBT community, and is home to more than 30 gay and lesbian-owned and/or operated resorts and guesthouses, including many that are clothing optional. World-renowned gay and lesbian events include Clubskirts: The Dinah held every April, and the White Party, one of the largest gay circuit events in the U.S. The annual gay and lesbian film festival, Cinema Diverse, showcases the best in LGBT filmmaking annually in September. During the first weekend in November, Greater Palm Springs Pride attracts thousands of visitors.

Shopping Haven

The designer shops and art galleries set along El Paseo, the ‘Rodeo Drive’ of the desert set the tone for a fabulous shopper experience. Stroll historic Palm Canyon and browse through the unique shops, or enjoy Old Town La Quinta’s picturesque Main Street, lined with restaurants, boutiques, cafes and shops. Throughout Greater Palm Springs, a number of specialty shops feature distinctive merchandise, ranging from vintage to mid-century modern to cutting-edge. One-of-kind deals are also available on fashion and furniture at the area’s numerous resale shops. For excellent bargains, check out the designer outlets at Desert Hills and Cabazon where more than 140 stores await the savvy shopper.

Unique Boutique Inns

With a diverse collection of historic boutique inns, romantic bed and breakfasts, and secluded retreats, Greater Palm Springs offers a stunning variety of distinctive accommodations. The area offers unique small hotels with distinctive architectural design, modern furnishings, lush landscapes and sparkling pools. In Desert Hot Springs, known for its natural mineral pools, the boutique properties go on display every February, during the Spa Tour. In December, Palm Springs plays host to the Walk of the Inns, an opportunity to visit the area’s one-of-a-kind properties.

Green and Clean

Greater Palm Springs has gained recognition as a mecca of renewable energy. Whether arriving by car or by plane, visitors are greeted by more than 4,000 windmills that output more than 375 megawatts of capacity. With its hydrogen-fueled buses, SunLine Transit Agency has set a standard by converting its entire fleet to compressed natural gas. Through solar and geothermal energy, water conservation, recycling and composting programs, and innovative design, Sunnylands Center & Gardens is at the forefront of modern environmental stewardship. The grounds and the historic home at The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands reflect this change. From cities to restaurants to golf courses, Greater Palm Springs’ nine cities are all making efforts to be more green and clean.

About Greater Palm Springs

Discover a place of many experiences and surprises in nine distinctive cities: Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio and Coachella.  As a respite for mind, body and spirit, Greater Palm Springs is ready to provide you with an unparalleled sense of escape, adventure, recreation, relaxation and your own unique way to play--anytime of the year. Bring the family, a special person or come alone. Find your Oasis.


Joyce Kiehl
Media Relations Manager
Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau
70100 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760.969.1338; 760.969.1371 (fax)