Decades ago, Hollywood movie stars and directors were barred from traveling more than 100 miles from their studios, just in case their services were needed. In search of a haven from Hollywood, these celebrities looked just about 100 miles east of Los Angeles and found Palm Springs – and make this desert oasis a to destination for the world's most glamorous stars.
Today, Palm Springs' ties to the entertainment industry include Coachella music festival and the Palm Springs International Film Festival, both of which draw artists, stars and glitterati from around the world. As a vacation paradise and ideal business getaway, Palm Springs is a sophisticated, fashionable resort city that offers world-class shopping, dining and attractions. Palm Springs is also known for its recreation, as it features 115 golf courses, 40,000 pools and 600 tennis courts.
Palm Springs is located at the base of Southern California's Santa Rosa Mountains to the south and sheltered by the Little San Bernardino Mountains to the north and San Jacinto Mountains to the west. The region's natural beauty, dotted with desert oases and California palm trees, is rivaled only by its mid-century modern architecture, making the region all the more retro and sophisticated. But what once led the stars to nest here – more than 350 days of sunshine, mild winters with temperatures in the 70s and breathtaking scenery – beckons to visitors and business travelers alike.
Before the arrival of Hollywood transplants, the Coachella Valley was first inhabited by the Agua Caliente Cahuilla Indians, who still own a 32,000-acre reservation in the region, with 6,700 acres of which lying within Palm Springs limits. Today, the region is rich in commerce, fueled by tourism, as well as a thriving arts and entertainment scene.
Major Palm Springs attractions celebrate the region's unique history and rich culture. The heralded Palm Springs Art Museum houses a fantastic collection of contemporary and western American art, including American photography and contemporary American Indian works, while the Coachella Valley History Museum explores the region's geography and first inhabitants.
Other Palm Springs attractions celebrate the region's outdoors, such as the the Living Desert zoo and botanical gardens take visitors along a journey through the deserts of the world, while the Indian Canyons are a series of three breathtaking desert oases – including the 15-mile-long Palm Canyon, the largest California fan palm oasis in the world.