About Palm Springs Area

The Greater Palm Springs Area– A Great Place to Live as Well as Vacation

Palm Springs is one of nine desert resort cities that are part of the Coachella Valley, located in Riverside County, California. Nestled at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains, Palm Springs offers an average of 354 days of sunshine a year, beautiful scenery and plentiful recreational opportunities including golf, tennis, hiking, biking and swimming. Joshua Tree National Park is just a short drive away. Conveniently located in Southern California, Palm Springs is also just two hours from the beach and alpine mountain recreation is available right at home at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.

With a permanent population of more than 443,000, the greater Palm Springs area offers affordable housing—especially when compared to other areas of Southern California.

For residents with children, you’ll find excellent public and private schools. You’ll also discover a variety of fun activities for the whole family, including the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert, an ice skating rink, miniature golf, the Palm Springs Art Museum, art studios, the McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts, The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, a waterpark, Palm Desert Aquatic Center, bowling alleys, and casinos.

Higher education opportunities include the University of California Riverside’s Palm Desert Center, California State University San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus, and the College of the Desert, all of which offer an array of undergraduate and graduate opportunities. Several fields and levels of study are also available through the Chapman University System.

For entertainment, there’s never a shortage of things to do in the desert. Major events include PGA and LPGA Tour golf tournaments, the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, the legendary Coachella Fest and Stagecoach music festivals, La Quinta Arts Festival, Tamale Festival and more.

For shoppers, there are boutiques and unique offerings along Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs and the famed El Paseo Drive in Palm Desert, which hosts Fashion Week each March. The area also includes an indoor mall – the Westfield Shopping Center, as well as old town La Quinta and numerous big box retailers throughout the valley. For those looking for outlet shopping, the Desert Hills Premium Outlets boasts over 100 stores just 20 minutes from Palm Springs.

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