Pay a visit to Palm Springs and you'll soak up the sun like nowhere else. Palm Springs is a charming oasis in the desert, surrounded by natural beauty on all sides but with a surprisingly modern and chic atmosphere. Perfect for shopaholics and nature lovers alike, Palm Springs has something for everybody, and it's a great winter escape from the cold! Rent a Palm Springs vacation condo for a warm, sunny holiday and enjoy the huge range of activities this great desert city offers. Do you have ideas on how we can improve our Palm Springs travel guide? Share them with us.

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Things to Do in Palm Springs, California

palm springs golfWhether you like art galleries or casinos, Palm Springs is a great choice for you to visit. Where else can you catch a vaudeville show one day and then go hiking through a jaw-droppingly-beautiful canyon the next? Take a Palm Springs, California vacation and you won't have a single dull moment (unless you decide to spend a day relaxing in the shade of your Palm Springs rental home).

Palm Springs golf is among the best in the country. With over a hundred golf courses in the area around Palm Springs, you can be sure golfers will be in heaven. Bring your clubs and you won't run out of choices.

Palm Springs Art Museum – If you're a fan of the arts, you can't go wrong here. Even better, the museum hosts the Annenberg Theater, where you can catch musical performances from classical to jazz with what the theater boasts as nearly-perfect acoustics.

Living Desert – Get a chance to see desert wildlife up close in their natural habitat without having to leave North America or civilization! It's more than a zoo, and the reduced rates for children make this a family-friendly choice.

Palm Springs TRAM – Going up the mountain in these huge rotating tram cars is like an adventure in itself, even before you get to all the hiking, biking and climbing you'll find when you ascend.

If you're an outdoorsy type, you'll have your fill, too: Joshua Tree National Park, the San Andreas Fault, a wolf sanctuary and more are all within a reasonable driving distance of any Palm Springs vacation rentals.

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What to See in Palm Springs

Try to visit the Indian Canyons, where you can see the stark, striking beauty of the desert mixed with brilliant desert plants and animals you won't see anywhere else. While you're here, stop by the trading posts for a chance to learn more about Native American culture and art – it's a good place to pick up souvenirs, too.

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Where to Shop and Eat in Palm Springs

palm springs shoppingShopaholics simply can't miss the El Paseo shopping district in Palm Springs. Known as "the Rodeo Drive of the Desert," El Paseo is world-famous for its over 300 boutiques, galleries, restaurants and more. Shop til you drop at El Paseo, whether you prefer high-end retail shopping or would rather support local shopkeepers.

Dining in Palm Springs covers the range from fast food to upscale fine dining. If you'd like to sample delicious meals you can't have anywhere else, then Palm Springs delivers. (If, on the other hand, you'd rather save money by cooking your own food, use the full kitchen in your Palm Springs vacation rental and feel your checkbook breathe a sigh of relief.)

Pomme Fritte – A moderately priced Belgian/French restaurant with true European spirit, Pomme Fritte is perfect for a romantic meal out. House specialties include mussels cooked nine ways, Belgian meatballs, and a wide selection of real Belgian beers.

Blue Coyote Bar and Grill – This local favorite is considered a must-visit for any vacation to Palm Springs. You can't go wrong with Blue Coyote's southwestern cuisine with Mexican and South American inspirations, and affordable children's meal options mean even the youngest in your group will be accommodated.

Cheeky's – Enjoy this popular diner's freshly-updated menu (they change it weekly to accommodate fresh, in-season ingredients) for an affordable but delicious family-friendly choice. Cheeky's prides itself on sauces, pastries, and juices all made fresh on-site. Just don't come during dinnertime; this is a breakfast and lunch location only.

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When to Visit Palm Springs

Palm Springs' summers get very hot. Unless you're a fan of hot weather – and if you are, know that it's a very dry and therefore more tolerable heat – you'd probably be best off avoiding the heat of summer. The rest of the year is much more temperate, and the warm winters are a good choice for snowbirds. Spacious Palm Springs vacation rentals come equipped with air conditioners to keep you cool and comfortable year-round, so whenever you come to visit, you'll have a pleasant bed to come home to every night.

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What to Know About Palm Springs

Palm Springs is truly in the middle of the desert, so when you set out from town - especially if you're coming during or near summertime - take extra safety precautions! Read our tips on traveling through the desert to make sure you're fully prepared; after all, it's better safe than sorry.

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What to Bring to Your Palm Springs Condo Rental

palm springs sunLoad up on sunscreen and sun protection, including hats and sunglasses – Palm Springs has such warm and temperate weather in the cooler seasons that you'll probably be wearing shorter sleeves than usual, even in winter. If you plan on hiking, follow our hiking tips to make sure you bring everything you need, but even if you're just going to walk around town, you should probably invest in a good refillable water bottle before setting off from your Palm Springs rental condo.

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Palm Springs' Local Services

As a popular vacation destination, Palm Springs offers many services catering to vacationers, whether you need somebody to pick up groceries for your Palm Springs vacation condo (they can be delivered before you arrive), a concierge to help you arrange tickets to the show you want or just someone to tidy up while you're out. Palm Springs is also more than just a tourist town, so you can find nearly everything here that you'd find at home, from car rental services to regular grocery stores to doctors and veterinarians.

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Getting to Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs International Airport features many direct flights from all over the world, so it's a convenient choice if you'll be flying. Shuttles, buses and taxis give you options to get from the airport to your Palm Springs vacation home, or you can rent a car on-site. Driving to Palm Springs from all over California is easy, too, with convenient highway directions.

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Why Palm Springs Vacation Rentals?

Palm Springs is a popular vacation destination, which means hotel rooms often sell out (and resorts can charge high rates). Finding an affordable hotel deal might mean staying at the very edge of town, away from everything you might want to do – and you'll have to deal with noisy neighbors, lifeless rooms, and not enough space! You can avoid all these problems if you consider Palm Springs vacation rentals instead. Look around and you'll find your choice of affordable downtown Palm Springs condos, Palm Springs rental homes with wilderness views or luxurious Palm Springs villas. Since Palm Springs vacation rentals are cheaper, more spacious and more convenient (you can save money by cooking your own money in a Palm Springs rental kitchenette), they're clearly the more budget-friendly and family-friendly solution.

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