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Flights to Palm Springs take you to a Californian desert resort, popular for its stunning mountainous backdrop, perfect climate and terrific entertainment opportunities for the young and old alike.
Palm Springs flights arrive at the Palm Springs International Airport just two miles east of the city. It is served by several airlines, many offering low-fare tickets from hundreds of cities around the world. The busiest domestic departure hubs for flights to Palm Springs are Dallas and San Francisco. The Bono Concourse within the terminal building is a central area, boasting shops, bars and food outlets. The 12th Fairway Bar & Grill is always popular with a menu that appeals to all tastes. The short journey into the city center can be made in style, as Palm Springs flights are met by a fleet of luxury Limos whose drivers sometimes offer discounts. If you prefer a little less glamour, take the At Your Service shuttle bus, which will take you to the heart of the city quickly and for a budget-friendly price.
As you approach on your flights to Palm Springs you can't help but notice the mountains in all four directions surrounding the desert valley where the city sits. This shelter is the reason why Palm Springs is a hot and dry destination, with over 350 days of sunshine and precious little rain throughout the year. Lightweight clothing is the order of the day. Summer temperatures are regularly in excess of 100 degrees Fahrenheit, with the nights often remaining above 85 degrees. That said, it is a dry type of heat and not as uncomfortable as you might think.
When you touch down on your Palm Springs flights, consider renting a car as some of the best sights are located outside of town, including the Joshua Tree National Park in the Coachella Valley. Air conditioning is an absolute must, so ensure it is working properly before driving off. The Sun Bus takes routes around the city and beyond, but the beauty of Palm Springs is that walking is a wonderful option, especially in the evenings, which boast an idyllic dusk-dappled environment. The other alternative is cycling, particularly in the cooler months, as the city is mostly flat. There are numerous car rental companies located throughout the city, many offering low-cost rentals.
When you arrive on your Palm Springs flights you will have many attractions and activities to choose from. To escape the scorching temperatures take a trip to Idyllwild, a fabulous village in the mountains overlooking the city. However, if you have your shopping hat on you need to head to the Cabazon Mall, which boasts well over 100 branded outlets to browse from. Some of the main attractions of Palm Springs include:
The greater Palm Springs area includes a handful of small towns, connected by wide flower-lined boulevards, golf courses, and gated communities. The scenery, dominated by the towering ridgelines of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains that sweep down to the desert floor, is dramatic year round. The sun shines an average of 354 days a year in Palm Springs, but the sweet spot is from November to March, when temperatures drop from triple-digit highs to a balmier range of 65 to 80 during the day, with nights in the low 40s.
The region is a beacon for car collectors, with the iconic McCormick’s Classic Car Show & Auction kicking off the season in November. As temperatures cool, the event schedule heats up. Foremost is the Palm Springs International Film Festival, a 20-plus year, star-studded tradition, held annually in January. Later that month is the Humana Challenge, formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic, with top PGA players. In addition to golf, shopping, and al fresco dining, Palm Springs boasts an interesting architectural history. In late February, the city hosts Modernism Week, a ten-day event that focuses on midcentury modern design and architecture, replete with films, lectures, and swanky parties. For two weeks in March, the world’s top tennis players gather at the BNP Paribas Tennis Tournament in Indian Wells Tennis Garden in an event that attracts the elite of the international tennis circuit and more than 300,000 tennis fans.
Shoulder season is late April through the end of May, and then again in late September and October. Temperatures can still get high (80s and above) in these months, but the nights start to cool down to the mid-50s and 60s. Again, in October, you’ll avoid the extreme heat and be assured of good hotel rates and short waits for tables at the area’s top restaurants. There’s the chance of a fast-moving rainstorm, but they rarely last long enough to require a change of plans. In April, the Coachella Music Festival is a don’t-miss event. The hip-hop and alternative rock can get loud, but the concurrent arts festival with its focus on sculpture is a draw for all generations. May is a great time to visit the Palm Springs Air Museum; each Memorial Day the museum’s B-52 aircraft drops thousands of red and white carnations in commemoration of fallen servicemen and women.
Thanks to swimming pools and air conditioning, people visit Palm Springs in the hot summer months, too. June through September is considered the off-season in Palm Springs, due to the high (and dry) heat, but you can count on deep discounts (50 percent off or more) on hotel rooms, condos, green fees, and fixed-price menus. To escape summer heat, take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway nearly 6,000 feet to the crest of the San Jacinto Mountains, or like many desert dwellers, sleep during the day.
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