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Palm Springs Desert Resorts

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    Running almost half the length of its east coast are California’s seductive and surprisingly varied deserts. Palm Springs and the surrounding desert resorts offer a cosmopolitan environment in the desert where you can dine in world class restaurants and stay in boutique style hotels.

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    • Rancho Mirage

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    • Citrus Golf Course

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    • Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage

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    Rancho Mirage, surrounded by scenic views, blue skies and clear desert nights offers the ultimate retreat destination experience. Yet its location, in the heart of the Palm Springs area provides great access to a myriad of attractions. Rancho Mirage also offers some of the regions most exclusive golf and spa resorts. La Quinta is home to over 20 exceptional golf courses, including the nationally acclaimed Arnold Palmer Classic Course at SilverRock. If golf isn’t your game, take an exhilarating bike ride, romantic hike, stroll charming La Quinta Village and enjoy the host of dining pleasures available. Palm Desert boasts two of the deserts most popular attractions, The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens which is a truly fabulous day out for visitors of all ages, and El Paseo, Palm Deserts very own Rodeo Drive.

    Palm Springs is the cosmopolitan city hub of the desert resorts. Here you can dine in world class restaurants and stay in boutique-style hotels and although a city it offers a distinctly smaller town atmosphere. Stroll Palm Canyon Drive, and every turn you take reveals a reminder of Palm Springs’ Hollywood past, even today it is the home to the unique Palm Springs Follies. Visit Palm Springs Aerial Tramway which has been delighting its guests for over 30 years, carrying them from the hot desert floor to a snow dusted alpine forest at 8,516ft.

    Just minutes from Palm Springs lies the desert sanctuary of Indian Wells. Stunning mountain vistas and swaying palm trees provide a beautiful backdrop to the luxurious golf, tennis and spa resorts. Home to the prestigious Indian Wells Tennis Tournament and Indian Wells Golf Resort it also offers several other year round recreational activities including hiking, biking, canyon jeep tours and hot air balloon rides. With all this on offer, 360 days of sunshine and an average temperature of 74 degrees why wouldn’t you choose to visit?

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    • Top Tip 1

      Everyone should drive Highway 1 - the Pacific Coast Highway, but our tip is to do it from north to south. Whichever direction you take the scenery is stunning but you get a better view going south because you're on the ocean side of the road.

    • Top Tip 2

      Hearst Castle is a must-see stop as you drive along the coast, taking you back to the early days of Hollywood.

    • Top Tip 3

      Wine tasting tours are plentiful in Napa and Sonoma. Our favourites are Jordan's and Chalk Hill. Try the Library Tasting tour, a wine and cheese pairing at Jordan's and the Culinary Tour at Chalk Hill, a wine and food pairing prepared by Chef Didier. Both are exceptional experiences and amazing value.

    • Top Tip 4

      Visit the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. On Thursdays, from 6pm, enjoy music, cocktails and entertainment whist experiencing world class exhibits and star gazing on the living roof.

    • Top Tip 5

      San Francisco - where do you start? Visit North Beach for the cafe culture, take a tour to Alcatraz (we recommend you pre-book it), see Lombard Street, cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge, take a sightseeing tour of the city on a fire engine, shop in Union Square.

    • Top Tip 6

      For spectacular scenery, and to escape from the desert heat, take a ride on the Palm Spring Aerial Tramway. If you're in downtown Palm Springs on Thursdays, you'll enjoy VillageFest, offering live entertainment and an array of stalls selling food and gifts.

    • Top Tip 7

      Yosemite National Park is one of California's great natural wonders. Stay for a couple of nights and include a guided horseback ride for a tour with a difference.

    • Top Tip 8

      Follow the scenic 17-Mile Drive coastal route between Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove for stunning views of the Monterey Peninsula. There's a small fee to drive this route but it's worth it.

    • Top Tip 9

      Rent a bike or rollerblades and enjoy people watching along the boardwalk at Santa Monica and Venice Beach.

    • Top Tip 10

      When visiting Universal Studios Hollywood, book the VIP ticket which allows you to jump the queues and includes behind-the-scenes access.

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