is located in the heart of Southern California’s Desert Resort
communities near Palm Springs, California which lies on the western edge
of the Coachella Valley,
within the Colorado Desert. Located approximately 110 miles southeast
of Los Angeles and 140 miles northeast of San Diego. It is easily
accessed via the Palm Spring International Airport (PSP) with many
direct and one-stop flights from most major hubs.
The Palm Springs area has more than 350 days of sunshine with less than 5 inches
of rain! The dry desert heat of summer pushes daytime temperatures into
the 100s, which is enjoyed by sun seekers from around the globe. Average temperatures in September are regularly over 100ºF during the day with very comfortable evenings around 85ºF.
The geography of Palm Springs is what creates the famed warm, dry
climate. At 487 feet above sea level, Palm Springs is sheltered by the
Little San Bernardino Mountains to the north, the Santa Rosa Mountains
on the south, and the San Jacinto Mountains to the west. With its
towering 10,831 foot Mt. San Jacinto and the lush, inspirational Indian Canyons, this is an exquisite place for hikers to find themselves.
There will be some time in the conference schedule to experience the Coachella Valley, but you might want to plan a little extra time to more fully explore all it has to offer. "Dramatic scenery, lush golf courses, majestic estates, excellent dining,
sensory spa treatments, natural beauty, serene escapes, and vibrant
nightlife combine to create the ultimate resort experience. The
Coachella Valley is more than a destination; it’s a vibe and a
lifestyle. It’s color and calm, sophistication and sensuality. It’s
everything you could imagine and more. Nine distinct cities make up
Greater Palm Springs. This potpourri of paradise includes Palm Springs,
Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Desert Hot Springs,
Indio, and Coachella. These diverse municipalities merge into one
exciting experience. (read more...)"
Things to Do
The days are hot and dry in September (often over 100º F). The evenings cool off significantly and are very comfortable. Given that we will be inside a temperature controlled environment most of the day, it is recommended that you bring extra layers.
This is a desert environment, so be sure to drink lots of water. The sun is very strong. Sunscreen and hats are a must when outside.
See specific recommendations if you are participating in any of the excursions. The conference dinner is casual.
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