Trip Tips: Palm Springs, a stylish oasis for sun-drenched leisure

Fri Jan 10, 2014 5:19am EST
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By Chris Michaud

PALM SPRINGS, California (Reuters) - Two hours east of Los Angeles, the resort area of greater Palm Springs has attracted Hollywood stars and well-heeled retirees for decades, lured by its proximity to both the entertainment capital and the gambling haven of Las Vegas.

With a sunny, dry climate and a backdrop of soaring snow-capped mountains, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage offer a bevy of options for outdoor recreation. Annual events include an international film festival and the Kraft Nabisco golf championship, drawing thousands of visitors.

Even short drives give glimpses of modern architecture off roads named for famous denizens such as Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore.

Here are tips for getting the most out of a trip to the desert oasis from Reuters, whose 2,600 journalists in all parts of the world offer visitors the best local insights.


With its warm and largely rain-free climate, greater Palm Springs is a renowned destination for retirees. From nature hikes and sprawling gardens to unspoiled preserves and stunning mountain vistas, the area has nearly limitless possibilities for visitors seeking outdoor fun and relaxation.

Any Palm Springs visit should include a stroll down Palm Canyon Drive, for both window and real shopping and great people watching.

Check out the towering "Forever Marilyn" Marilyn Monroe statue at 101 North Palm Canyon Drive. Don't be embarrassed about posing for a photo underneath her billowing dress - everyone does - and peruse the "Walk of Stars" plaques embedded in the sidewalk en route.   Continued...

The sculpture "Forever Marilyn" by artist Seward Johnson, based on a scene from the movie "The Seven Year Itch", is on display in Palm Springs, California, in this August 2, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Sam Mircovich/Files