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“Beautiful Palm Springs”
Review of Palm Springs

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Ottawa, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
48 reviews
72 helpful votes
“Beautiful Palm Springs”
Reviewed 6 March 2008

Spent 4 days in Palm Springs, after visiting Vegas for 3 days, We drove through to Barstow, and then through the desert to Yucca Valley, and on to Rancho Mirage area.
I cant believe how beautiful it is....blue skies, palm trees, cactus,orange and grapefruit trees, great shopping and all surrounded by snow tipped mountains.
We went to Joshua Tree National Park, which has beautiful lookouts with amazing views and rocks and of course lots of Joshua trees!!
The Living Desert was also another wonderful day out and very informative.
I am already planning another visit next year.

Thank battlescar
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Silicon Valley, CA
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
21 helpful votes
“Not a place to be during the summer”
Reviewed 13 August 2007

This was my 1st time to Palm Springs, CA. My best friend and I decided to have a girls "get-a-way" weekend. We came to Palm Springs in hopes of having a great time doing the touristy stuff as well as enjoying the night life.

We started off our vacation great! Flying into PSP airport @ 8am, easy process with our car rental and we were off to breakfast in downtown PS. Based on great reviews of Peabody's Cafe, we headed straight there and was extremely satisfied with our breakfast. We ordered the Eggs Florentine Benedict & Veggie Omelet. Both were fantastic! Shops didn't open till 10am, once opened.. we enjoyed a leisurely stroll window shopping.

Around NOON- we headed off to the Aerial Tramway. What an AMAZING EXPERIENCE! Unfortunately, it was the middle of the day and didn't properly plan it right (given it was over 100 degrees when we arrived.) Granted it's about 25 degrees cooler at the top but, it was still extremely hot to do the hiking trails. Next time planning I would choose to do it as early as possible. Regardless....amazing, amazing experience and wouldn't regret any second of it. The beauty was unimaginable and the experience was unforgettable! Must haves: a camera for sure! Plenty of water- would suggest a camelback water pack. Very comfortable shoes meant for hiking (I was blown away by the number of people attempting to go in flip flops, sandals and high heels!!!- I promise you they didn't go far in their shoes with their $22 ticket the the top!)

Afterwards, off we headed into Palm Desert to our resort. It was a good 30 minute drive to Palm Desert. Wouldn't recommend staying in Palm Desert unless you truly want to be away from Palm Springs. Only night life was on El Dorado Street which consisted of Napa's Bar, The Firehouse, South Beach, etc... I think we were the only people who existed in that town! There was absolutely no night life! Napas was completely empty at 10pm with the bartenders as the only 2 people in the bar literally sitting on the wrong side and drinking! The Firehouse Bar only had about 10 people sitting there and no one else in sight.

According to the locals... Palm Springs area is literally dead in the summer! People get away from the heat and head out to cooler places. Apparently, it gets to be a quite busier nightlife between the months of November and March.

We thought the problem was being in Palm Desert, therefore, we moved to a hotel in downtown Palm Springs with the high hopes of being a night owl and enjoying some of the nightlife. Same situation... all the places were literally empty and no one driving down the main strip. Almost everything closes too early: shops around 6pm and bars around 10pm! Only thing that was left open was the Village Pub. Still quite scarce but, great music! Food was mediocre though.

Bottom line: Not a place for nightlife in the summer! Great excursions to go on during the day, ie. Aerial Tramway with hiking, Elite Hummer Tours, Knotts Soak City, Indian Canyons and Joshua Tree

3 Thank Ms_Opinionated
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Glassboro, NJ
1 review
3 helpful votes
“Some points of interest during our visit”
Reviewed 4 March 2006

We went to PS FEb 20-23 due to cool weather in San Diego. We stayed at the Coyote Inn-great place! The owners-Gary and Mary were very nice. the room was just the right size, also very clean. Our only problem was that we could not extend an extra night due to the place being booked. It is just a couple of blocks from the main street. The pool and hot tub were fine.
We went to the Taquitz(sp?) Canyons and hiked both sides-good workout!
We went to Cirque "Dreams". Great show!
Every place we ate was great, can't complain about anything.
We went to Idylwild- go if you can. Great eating places and a delicious little scone place in the Bakery, Tea and Coffee Shop. The owner is Jan. The place is down a little lane and just hope she is taking a batch of scones out of the oven. It was heavenly. Her scones were soft, not hard. We ate at Oma's. Great food, laid back atmosphere-wish I were there.
Every time we go to California, we swear we are moving-I'm ready!

3 Thank cosmogirlpearl
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Fort Worth, TX
1 review
“Loved the Desert”
Reviewed 19 July 2005

Very hot and dry. Windy. Enjoyed the relaxation. Everyone (tourist and employees) were very nice.

Thank Passport1565
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San Francisco, CA
1 review
1 helpful vote
“Way to much noise for such a small town! Don't plan on relaxing!”
Reviewed 31 May 2004

We went to Palm Springs to get away from the noise of city life! I have to say this is the most noisy little town we've even visited and we've been all over the world! It was windy, hot, and LOUD! Airplanes flying all over the city. It was worse than SF airports. There was no way to escape the noise. Finally we decided to go stay out of Palm Springs and we went to Palm Desert! I feel very sorry for anyone that must live in that city! They took an adorable setting and just ruined it. Don't go to Palm Springs if you want a nice quiet relaxing mini vacation~!

1 Thank NorthStar1127
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