This resort city smack-dab in the middle of the California desert has long had a reputation as a retirement community, but gradual changes have morphed it into a relaxing getaway for a new crowd. Although senior citizens still make up most of the city's residents, many young and middle-aged professionals flock here for some quality R&R.
If you're looking for an active bar scene and the crème de la crème of the restaurant world, you might want to check out other west coast cities, such as Los Angeles. But for more relaxed fun -- golfing, art gallery browsing, and poolside sunbathing, Palm Springs is a great pick.
Palm Springs is also a popular gay and naturist destination, offering multiple gay and nudist resorts. Another key ingredient to Palm Springs' cultural recipe is the presence of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. The heritage of this tribe has been well-preserved, as they own half Palm Spring's land.
While there are some chains in Palm Springs, you won't find a single "motel" throughout the city. Most hotels can be found downtown on Canyon Drive -- the heart of the city. Visitors that want to be within walking distance from all the necessities will probably want to stay downtown. Golfers should check out La Quinta, which has been dubbed the "Best Place to Live for Golf." Meanwhile, Cathedral City, southeast of the main "Palm Springs" center, is a decent option for families, complete with a few high-end resorts, an IMAX theatre, and Big League Dreams Sports Park.
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