The Land of Endless Summer

Ease, walkability and year-round sunshine set the stage

By Sara Robertson

Once the stomping grounds of movie stars, world-renowned architects and wistful artists—the nine Southern California resort communities that make up Coachella Valley are a haven in the High Sonoran Desert. Palm Springs proper is a sunny, walkable city.

Its hotels offer unmatched luxury, countless swimming pools with endless fun. Its airport is conveniently located and consistently known as one of the easiest to navigate. You’ll be in awe of the natural beauty of the surrounding environment, from the pink-hued San Jacinto Mountains to the bountiful desert flora. A meeting in Palm Springs is one where attendees will say, “Yes, please!”

Local Expert Tip

“Nestled against the dramatic backdrop of the San Jacinto Mountains, Palm Springs exudes a charm that makes it a coveted meeting destination. With its dramatic desert landscape, vibrant arts scene and full-service resorts, this desert oasis offers an unmatched experience for event planners. Everything is close, walkable and easy. The relaxed vibe blurs business and pleasure.”

—  Randy Garner, senior marketing manager at Visit Palm Springs


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Temperate Climate. From January to July, August to December, Palm Springs boasts clear skies and endless sunshine. Even in the winter months when home may be dreary, in this pleasant desert oasis, visitors and residents alike enjoy days in the mid-70s.

Cultural Wellness. In April, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians announced the opening of The Spa at Séc-he at the Aqua Caliente Cultural Plaza, consisting of 22 private mineral baths, 15 treatment rooms, a cryotherapy chamber, two float pod suites, a boutique fitness area, a grounding room, an acoustic wellness lounge, tranquility garden and two halotherapy salt caves.

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Palm Springs’ aerial tramway

Architecture Galore. Iconic midcentury modern architecture gives the city an unmatched ambience. Book a guided tour or grab a map from the Visitor Center to see the artistic city your way. Visit during their annual modernism week to join tours, talks and parties and see locations not usually open to the public.

The Living Desert. Local nonprofit The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is actively engaged in conservation of native desert plants and habitat protection. Take a self-guided or shuttle tour to see giraffes, camels, fennec foxes and more, and visit their gardens to take in the wonder of the often-unexpected vibrancy of desert plant life.

The Aerial Tramway. Offer your guests the experience of a lifetime: traveling 5,800 ft. above the city in a cable car. Enjoy sublime views of the San Jacinto Mountains from every angle. At the top, visit the gift shop, bar, cafeteria or even sit down for a fine dining experience at Peaks Restaurant.


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This article appears in the September/October 2023 issue. You can subscribe to the magazine here.