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Palm Springs is welcoming visitors to its new dynamic downtown with stylish hotels, new fashionable restaurants, new chic shops and boutiques, new fun entertainment venues as well as welcoming public spaces for gathering, celebrating and relaxing. With our warm days and balmy nights, this complements the ambiance that is positively seductive. With 360 days of sun-kissed weather and drop-dead gorgeous scenery, it's no wonder Palm Springs is like no place else and a comeback as Hollywood's playground with a growing nightlife, burgeoning art scene and edgy vibe.


Flying to Palm Springs

Palm Springs International Airport

The airport is a short 4 minute (1.8 mile) drive (or walk for about 40 minutes!) from the Palm Springs Convention Center.

NOTE: Palm Springs is a 2.5 hour drive from Los Angeles International Airport, 2.5 hours from San Diego International Airport and 1.25 hours from Ontario International Airport. Las Vegas is a 4 hour drive.

Eleven airlines serve the Palm Springs International Airport with non-stop flights to the following twenty-one destinations which include major hubs offering travel possibilities to over five hundred cities worldwide.

  • Atlanta
  • Bellingham
  • Boston
  • Calgary
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Edmonton
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • Minneapolis
  • New York JFK
  • New York Newark
  • Phoenix
  • Portland
  • Salt Lake City
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver
  • Winnipeg

Transport from the Airport

Hotel Transportation

Both the Hilton Palm Springs and Renaissance Palm Springs hotels have complimentary shuttle services from Palm Springs International Airport.

Rental Cars

Palm Springs International Airport provides convenient access to eight different rental car agencies with rental car pick up available right outside the terminal building. More Information.........

Taxis, Limousines and Rideshare

  • Desert City Cab - (760) 328-3000
  • Yellow Cab of the Desert - (760) 340-8294

Ride share companies Uber and Lyft (also known as Transportation Network Companies) provide pick-ups and drop-offs at the Palm Springs International Airport. Passengers should arrange for a ride by using their app on their smart phone or mobile device. Drop-offs are allowed curbside in front of the terminal building. For pick-ups, follow the Ride share signage to the designated area located at the south end of the terminal, across from WestJet Airlines.

Limousines, Luxury Sedans, Vans & Coaches.........

Directions to the Convention Center

The Palm Springs Convention Center is 1.7 Miles, just 4 minutes from the airport.


Calendar of Events in Palm Springs for the GRC Annual Meeting

Villagefest Street Festival

12 & 19 September - Thursday

Every Thursday evening, Downtown Palm Springs transforms into a diverse array of artists, artisans, entertainers, and purveyors of fresh fruits and veggies, flowers, jewelry, snacks and sweets. Add all that to the great shops, restaurants, clubs, and entertainment venues located along World Famous Palm Canyon Drive - and the result is one of Southern California's most popular weekly events: VillageFest!

0.6 Miles - 12 Minute walk

Farmers Market

14 September - Saturday, 8am - 12pm

A popular indoor market with fresh food products, chef demonstrations and entertainment held every Saturday, in the air-conditioned Palm Springs Pavilion, 401 S Pavilion Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262.

1.3 Miles - 26 Minute walk


Top Attractions in and Around Palm Springs

Palm Springs Art Museum

The museum is located in downtown Palm Springs and features compelling art exhibitions, a vast permanent collection, and the 433-seat Annenberg Theater, all in a 150,000 square foot, architecturally-significant building. Palm Springs Art Museum has free admission the second Sunday of each month (14 September), it is also has free admission every Thursday evening (12 & 19 September) from 4-8 p.m., thanks to the City of Palm Springs. 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs, CA, 92262

0.5 Miles - 9 minute walk

Architecture and Design Center

The Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion, in downtown Palm Springs is the hub of the museum's exploration of architecture and design, and houses related exhibitions and educational and community programs, as well as research space and a storage area for the museum's growing architecture and design collections and archives. 300 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

0.5 Miles - 10 minute walk

Palm Springs Air Museum

The Palm Springs Air Museum is a living history museum dedicated to educating the public about the role Air Power played in preserving American liberties and way of life. The Museum preserves, exhibits, and flies aircraft from World War Two, Korea, and the Vietnam Wars. Most of the aircraft are in flyable condition. 745 N Gene Autry Trail Palm Springs, CA 92262.

4.5 Miles - 12 Minute drive

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

Rated 10 Best Zoos in the US by Condé Nast Traveler. Family-friendly zoo and gardens specializing in the deserts of the world. Open 8am to 1:30pm, Last admission at 1pm. 47900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert, CA 92260

15.4 Miles - 32 Minute drive

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

BMW & Mini Performance Driving School

The North and South Palm Circuits are challenging full-length courses complete with hairpin turns, a 2,500 foot straight, 4.5 miles of track, and elevation changes. BMW Performance Center West 86-050 Jasper Lane, Thermal, CA 92274

35.3 Miles - 46 Minute drive

BMW & Mini Performance Driving School

Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium

Historic botanical garden in south Palm Springs established in 1938. 9am-1pm daily, except Wednesdays. 1701 S Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92264

1.8 Miles - 5 Minute drive

Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway

Elvis & Priscilla Presley lived here in 1966 & 1967 and Honeymooned here on May 1,1967 after their wedding. Their daughter, Lisa Marie Presley was born exactly nine months later, on February 1, 1968. 1350 Ladera Circle, Palm Springs CA 92262

1.9 Miles - 7 Minute drive

Ruddy’s 1930s General Store Museum

Jim Ruddy’s General Store Museum, featuring pristine products of America’s 1930s, was a labor of love extending over many decades. It is now America’s best preserved collection of American material cultural from nearly a century ago. Everything is displayed in original boxes and tins, and presented in period display cases. This time travel is now one of Palm Springs’ leading tourist attractions — all for less than $1! 221 S. Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA

0.5 Miles - 10 minute walk


Further Afield

Joshua Tree National Park

Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together in Joshua Tree National Park. A fascinating variety of plants and animals make their homes in a land sculpted by strong winds and occasional torrents of rain. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the wonder of this vast wilderness in southern California. Come explore for yourself. Oasis Visitor Center - 74485 National Park Dr, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

50 Miles - 65 minute drive

Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve

Enjoy some of the 30 miles of trails, picnic areas, cool oases and wildlife and wildflowers and take a walk into the past in our rustic Visitors’ Center, the Palm House, a palm log cabin built in the 1930’s. Participate in one of our guided hikes if you like. 29200 Thousand Palms Canyon Rd, Thousand Palms, CA 92276.

15 Miles - 31 Minute drive

 

Palm Springs Windmill Tours

The only tour that goes inside the wind farm's fences and endorsed by the desert wind energy association. 62950 20th Avenue, Palm Springs, CA 92258 - On their website is a page on renewable energy. It lists wind, solar and natural gas (sic)!! Cost is $49 but includes free Date Shake!

7.1 Miles - 14 Minute drive

Cactus to Clouds: The Hardest Hike in America?

Hardest hike in America? That's a bold claim, but one that hikers of the Cactus to Clouds trail can certainly make with a straight face. Starting in Greater Palm Springs, the trail offers an extreme physical challenge while also providing a unique outdoor setting with amazing views. It's a day hike that puts your skills to the test, and it should certainly be on the bucket list of any serious hiker. Trailhead - Skyline Trail, Palm Springs, CA 92262

0.6 miles - 12 Minute walk

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Unfortunately, this will be closed for maintenance in the month of September!

 

Palm Springs Restaurants

Listing of restaurants in downtown Palm Springs


Palm Springs Official Visitors GuidePalm Springs Official Visitors Guide

The official guide from the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism.

Palm Springs Visitors Center
2901 North Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(800) 347-7746 | (760) 778-8418

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