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A Palm Springs landscape with Palm trees and the San Jacinto Mountain range. (andykazie / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

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Joshua Tree National Park at sunset. (photo via roman_slavik / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Considered a desert playground, Palm Springs, California, sits at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains, offering its visitors all they expect from a top resort experience. It’s been drawing visitors, including Hollywood royalty, since the 1920s, who come like all visitors here, to escape from the stresses of life if only for a little while.

And you’ll find plenty to de-stress you here, with boutiques, art galleries and museums, miles of hiking trails and plenty of sizzling sun. There is golf, spas, magnificent swimming pools and more, whether you’re coming to re-kindle romance, for a girlfriends’ getaway or family fun. More than 100 properties range in budget, offering you a choice of boutique hotels, sprawling resorts, historic bed and breakfasts, private villas, vacation home and condo rentals, accommodations for gay and lesbian visitors, and those who seek to go au naturale.

Start your visit with a view from above with the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to the top of Mount San Jacinto. Stroll through the Downtown and the Uptown Design District and the boutiques, consignment dealers, art galleries and antiques shops. Check out the “Desert Modernism” of the area’s mid-century modern architecture with a map available at the visitors’ center or take a guided tour. The first Wednesday of each month you can visit artist-owned galleries and working studios at the Backstreet Art District.

Palm Springs is the ancestral home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla natives and you can learn more about them at the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum or Palm Springs Historical Society. Explore the San Andreas Fault or the spectacular Joshua Tree National Park on an off-road adventure through canyons and desert terrain.

In the evening, enjoy the Palm Springs Follies and the music and dance of the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, or a show at the Annenberg and Palm Canyon Theatres. Try your luck with gaming at the downtown Spa Resort Casino. Every Thursday night is Villagefest, an outdoor festival taking place over numerous blocks of downtown with over 200 booths showcasing artwork, handcrafted items and live entertainment.

Name a cuisine, and you’ll find it here in Palm Springs, where dining ranges from casual cafes and delis to chef-owned gourmet fine dining spots. Of course, the resorts are home to a wide variety of top restaurants and lounges as well. Many of the restaurants offer al fresco dining, so you can enjoy the comfortable desert days in season. Visit during the Palm Springs Deserts Restaurant Week in June and you’ll have 10 days of delicious dining at a bargain rate.

Palm Springs International Airport is two miles from downtown, and offers flights from major airline carriers. The best way to get around the Palm Springs area is with a rental car.

The desert climate brings more than 350 days of sunshine and less than 5.2 inches of rain a year. Winter temperatures average in the 70s° F, with the nights dropping into the mid 40s° F. The dry heat of the summer reaches daytime temperatures into the 100s° F.