September 30, 2012

By Hillary Angel, photos courtesy palm Springs Bureau of Tourism

For snowbirds, Palm Springs, California, is an affordable winter destination for those seeking sunshine, stunning scenery and blue skies. The average temperatures from October to March are high 80s to the low 50s.

RVers are lured to Palm Springs for its storied Hollywood legacy, Native American heritage and stellar collection of mid-century modern architecture.  Palm Springs is California’s ultimate desert playground. It truly is like no place else.

Dining and Shopping

Shopping along palm tree lined streets, RVers will find a collection of mid-century modern boutiques, consignment dealers, art galleries and antiques shops filled with classic desert artwork, trendy sportswear, modern furnishings, and home accessories.

Palm Springs is also known for is outdoor markets. Browse more than 200 booths offering beautiful art, handcrafted items, and new products every Thursday evening at Villagefest in downtown Palm Springs. Shoppers can also get a local shopping flavor at the Certified Farmers Market held on Saturdays at the Palm Springs Cultural Center.

RVers seeking a unique dining experience need to come to Palm Springs. The pedestrian-friendly downtown allows RVers to dine alfresco amidst the charm and hip village vibe at many chef-owned bistros and celebrity haunts. The collection of restaurants range from small cafés to fine dining can be found in downtown or poolside at many of the hotel resorts.

An Outdoor Wonderland

From palms to pines, you will discover an outdoor playground for all ages and levels. From hiking to off-road excursions, this year-round desert paradise is surrounded by breathtaking mountains and canyons. Plan your adventure…

  • 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. Begin your 10-minute ride at the 2,643 ft. Valley Station and rise to the Mountain Station at 8,516 ft.
  • Pack a picnic and hike the majestic Indian Canyons or join a ranger interpretive guided tour to learn about the Agua Caliente Cahuilla Indians who settled in the Palm, Murray, Andreas, Tahquitz and Chino Canyons.
  • Begin your off-road adventure by exploring the San Andreas Fault or the spectacular Joshua Tree National Park. Tour guides will take you through breathtaking canyons, rugged trails and lush desert landscape.
  • Soar along the sand dunes on an ATV, or discover the outdoors on horseback through the majestic canyons and mountain vistas.
  • Tee-off at one of the legendary golf courses offering beautiful views and challenging terrain.

Mid-Century Modern Architecture

Palm Springs has one of the largest concentrations of mid-century modern architecture in the country. Since the 1920’s, visionary modernist architects have designed sleek, modern homes that have embraced the desert environment. The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Palm Springs to its 2006 list of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations, an annual list of unique and lovingly preserved communities in the country.

Guided tours are available to learn about the local architecture and the notable architects who put modernism on the map. Every February, thousands of RVers flock to Palm Springs for Modernism Week, an event celebrating desert modernism through design and architecture tours, events and programs.

Modernism also flourishes in numerous retro, boutique shops selling mid-century modern furnishings, vintage clothing, art and estate treasurers. In addition, many of its small hotels and vacation homes are mid-century modern.

A Playground of Arts & Culture

Comedy, jazz, classical, dance, and theater - it’s all here!

  • Catch a performance at the Palm Springs Fabulous Follies, a Broadway-caliber production celebrating the music and dance of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s with a cast ranging in age from 55 to 85 years “young.”
  • Take a docent tour of the Palm Springs Art Museum or take home a unique piece of Palm Springs from the many of the “art walks” throughout town.
  • Try your luck at the Spa Resort Casino, and then kick into high gear at one of the local dance clubs.

Fun Activities for Snowbirds

Skip the theme parks, it is time for a Palm Springs getaway... where you can soak in the perfect blend of outdoor diversion and casual relaxation.

  • Take your photo with the 26-foot Forever Marilyn sculpture located in the heart of downtown.
  • Imagine yourself airborne at the Palm Springs Air Museum, an inspiring collection of World War II aircraft and memorabilia.
  • Visit The Living Desert, a 1,200-acre wildlife and botanical park, featuring rare and endangered desert animals.
  • Follow Palm Springs’ own Walk of Stars throughout downtown Palm Springs featuring more than 300 stars of celebrities, humanitarians, professional athletes, civic leaders and other influencers.

Signature Events

October – December

American Heat Bike Show

Exotic Car Show and Auction

Veterans Day Parade

Festival of Lights Parade

Walk of the Inns

January – March

Palm Springs International Film Festival

Modernism Week

Festival of Native Film & Culture

Tour de Palm Springs

BNP Paribas Tennis Tournament

Request a free visitor guide at www.VisitPalmSprings.com or by calling 800-347-7746.  While in town, stop by the Palm Springs RVers Center located at 2901 N. Palm Canyon, Drive, Palm Springs, California 92262.  

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