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Picture the Greater Palm Springs area as a relaxing and recreational oasis in Southern California’s Coachella Valley, surrounded by snow-capped mountains and manicured golf courses.

This unique and scenic destination is comprised of eight distinctively charming desert resort cities in Riverside County – Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Indio, La Quinta, Palm Desert, Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage. Year-round sunshine and world-class hotel and resort amenities entertain 3 million visitors each year. The area is a Mecca for golf, tennis and sunbathing, sporting more than 100-plus golf courses, more than 600 tennis courts and 50,000 swimming pools. Spirits are kept bright with sunshine about 350 days a year. Year-round desert dwellers can attest that low humidity makes even high temperatures comfortable.

Restaurants and Nightlife: With more than 600 Palm Springs restaurants in the valley, the dining possibilities are endless — chic little bistros, poolside cafes, exquisite resort fare and casino buffets boasting everything from steamed shrimp to prime rib and a dozen flavors of cheesecake.

Attractions and Adventures: From hiking to shopping to resort-hopping and date shakes, there's plenty of things to do during your stay. Palm Springs - and the surrounding desert cities - make up the recreational playground of Southern California.

Shopping: Palm Springs shopping offers a variety of options - from tube socks snagged at the College of the Desert Street Fair to a ruby-crusted purse found at a chic boutique or a designer label discount at the Cabazon Outlets, there's something for every taste and want.

Spa and Wellness: Indulge in a fabulous Palm Springs spa treatment at one of the desert’s exclusive celebrity hideaways, day-use facilities, facial studios, or full-service resorts.

Golf and Tennis: Known as the Capital of Golf in the western United States, Palm Springs and the surrounding desert cities is home to 110 world-class golf courses. Few places can match the top-flight tennis facilities in the desert - home of the two-week BNP Paribas Open in March.

Be sure to check out the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau site or view a digital Palm Springs visitors guide for more details about Palm Springs attractions and to plan your unique travel experience. We'll see you there!