Play a round of golf and then jump in your hotel pool or tour a cholla
cactus garden in a National Park - the entire region is a desert but
you decide how to experience it.
Palm Springs first got attention first in the 1930's when Hollywood
stars discovered it was a perfect LA escape - a place to party without
many rules. The boulevard names include Sinatra, Hope, Shore - and it
is really full of mature palm trees. It is still a perfect LA
escape but there is much more to do, including a huge number of golf
courses, resorts, spas, restaurants, a casino and a great desert
The Palm Springs aerial tram provides a fantastic view of
the surrounding mountains - and much cooler temperatures at the
summit. Nearby hiking at Indian Canyons offers an visitors an
easy access to real palm oasis and the dense assortment of wildlife
that inhabits them.
Joshua Tree National Park offers many ways to see a variety of desert
environments, each with different flora and fauna. The namesake joshua
trees are easy to spot, especially in spring when they present a cloud
of white blossoms.