Palm Springs, California 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's an easy two hour drive by freeway. The permanent year-round Palm Springs population is 45,000, and doubles during the winter season. To the east of Palm Springs, are several other desert cities including Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Desert Hot Springs, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, and Indio.
Climate and Geography
Palm Springs has more than 350 days of sunshine and less than 5.2 inches of rain, winter temperatures average in the 70s with nights in the mid-40s. The dry desert heat of summer pushes daytime temperatures into the 100s, which is enjoyed by sun seekers.
The geography gives Palm Springs its 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, site of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.
Palm Springs International Airport, just two miles from downtown, handles daily direct flights from throughout the U.S. and Canada arrive into Palm Springs International with travelers from 500 places around the globe. The world-class airport welcomes over 1.5 million passengers a year who experience a new way of flying… shorter lines, friendly staff, stunning desert vistas and airport amenities including an outdoor courtyard, dining and retail.
Ontario International Airport is just over an hour northwest. Within approximately a two-hour drive are the Los Angeles International Airport, Orange County-John Wayne Airport and San Diego-Lindberg Field. There are many rental car agencies, taxis and shuttles within Palm Springs.
The Palm Springs Convention Center reopened in the fall of 2005 after a $32.3 million dollar expansion. The 261,000 square foot facility combines the best services & staff with a world-class setting, and a state-of-the-art building that surpasses all expectations. Features include up to 120,000 square feet of exhibit space, 18 total breakout rooms of various sizes, including a 20,000 square foot ballroom.
With more than 100 lodging properties (6500 rooms) in Palm Springs there is something for every taste and price range: boutique hotels, historic bed and breakfasts, private villas, full-service hotels, vacation home and condo rentals, and accommodations for gay and lesbian travelers and naturist's.