Palm Springs – So much to do, so little time
Location: A Desert resort
Situated 172 kilometres east from Los Angeles, the desert resort of Palm Springs in California’s vast Coachella Valley is easily reached by road, rail, and air. The scenic drive from L.A. only takes a few hours, and Amtrak runs a train service three days a week.
Business: Hotel conference suites
Given its attraction for tourists, retirees, and young hipsters, business in Palm Springs has a focus on the tourism and service industries together with an abundance of film locations. Several of the bigger hotels feature meeting and conference facilities with all the latest mod cons.
Culture: Iconic homes
The illustrious past of Palm Springs has left a legacy of homes to visit, some dating as far back as the 19th Century, namely the McCallum Adobe, which was home to the first settlers of the area. The O’Donnell House historic tour gives a unique insight into an iconic home of the 20th Century and features a modern art gallery. However, the most famous home, the Presley Estate where Elvis lived with Priscilla, no longer conducts tours.
Activities: Canyons of scenery and ancient history
The Coachella Valley was once home to native Indians before scrupulous white men slaughtered them, but the small community that still exists offers tours to the ancient ruins where you learn about the fascinating traditions of this almost-dead culture. The surrounding canyons and nature preserves present a host of trekking options, whereas in the mountains, the snow is fresh enough to enjoy a day’s skiing. Sports fans are spoilt for choice with tennis courts and beautifully kept golf courses, whilst visitors looking for tranquillity should head to the botanical gardens or a health spa.