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Never been to Palm Springs, which area would be best?

Hello,

My husband and I are in our mid 50s, we are active and like to explore new areas. We have never been to the Palm Springs area and I have no idea which area would be the best choice for us. We will be there for 6 days late November and will likely rent a car for at least part of the time.

What can I expect weather wise.

Thanks

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1. Re: Never been to Palm Springs, which area would be best?

I prefer the old part between the tramway and the curve.

http://goo.gl/maps/2AV8U

Other may prefer Rancho Mirage

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2. Re: Never been to Palm Springs, which area would be best?

I suppose that "which part " might depend on the type of trip you imagine and the type of accommodation you prefer.

We like to be in Palm Springs (city itself) in walking distance to downtown's restaurants and the local art museum and the Thursday night street fair/farmer's market. This location is also a very short drive to the Palm Springs tramway that goes from the desert floor up to the pine forest on the mountain top. It is also close to hiking in the Palm Canyons and the casino.

Others may want large sprawling resorts with golf/tennis etc.

More of those resorts would be found farther east in the valley in towns like Palm Desert or Rancho Mirage.

Everyone travels differently and so your travel style and budget may drive where you choose to stay.

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3. Re: Never been to Palm Springs, which area would be best?

Thanks that's great advice.

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4. Re: Never been to Palm Springs, which area would be best?

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

The Living Desert

College of the Desert Street Fair

Palm Springs Indian Canyons

El Paseo for shopping, also Cabazon Outlets

Las Casuelas for mexican food and margaritas

Shields Date Garden for dates and date shakes and a little regional history

some of my favorite things to do and see!

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5. Re: Never been to Palm Springs, which area would be best?

For your first trip...stay in old Palm Springs. An easy walk to restaurants, a casino, shopping etc. And an interesting Thursday Night street market. Not sure what your accomodation budget is, but I like the Hotel Zoso...very central and a very cool property.

http://www.hotelzoso.com/

I would anticipate renting a car for most of the time there....old Palm Springs is pretty small...you will see all of downtown in one day.

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6. Re: Never been to Palm Springs, which area would be best?

With 6 days you could rent a condo in Palm Desert through vrbo.com (vacation rentals by owner). We are doing that the week of Thanksgiving. Easy to drive to all the desert attractions.

vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/…palm-desert

When we stay in Palm Springs, we like the Chase Hotel, as they have rooms with kitchens, but they serve a nice breakfast poolside, or bring back to your room.

http://www.chasehotelpalmsprings.com/

They are a block from Palm Canyon Dr. in the heart of PS.

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7. Re: Never been to Palm Springs, which area would be best?

>>>I suppose that "which part " might depend on the type of trip you imagine and the type of accommodation you prefer.<<<

True dat.

Riff is right on here.

We love old Palm Springs and its kitschy old hotels where you feel like you are in 1950 and Sinatra is going to walk in any minute and we do that a lot for weekend getaways, but then there are times we want the pampering and spa experience so we go to JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa or Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa.

It all depends on the experience you are looking for.

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8. Re: Never been to Palm Springs, which area would be best?

Just back from PS

Our 12th visit in 17 years. If we went to the US without staying in PS, my wife would not forgive me!

Temps will be similiar to hot summer day in UK. Last week it was 85-92.

We do as CAnative suggests and rent a house through VRBO.

The areas described are good and away from areas further towards the I10 which can be windy (although a warm wind).

As you have a car, and are active I would also include visiting Joshua Tree National Park.

The trouble with going to Palm Springs is you will want to keep going back!

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9. Re: Never been to Palm Springs, which area would be best?

Thanks for the great advice, we are looking forward to the trip

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10. Re: Never been to Palm Springs, which area would be best?

"The trouble with going to Palm Springs is you will want to keep going back!"

So true. Lucky for me it's only two hours away from our home. We try to get out there as often as possible. So nice and warm.