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Sheltered within the Coachella Valley, Palm Springs has all the modern amenities of a city resort but rests on the edge of a desert that is ready to be explored. Get away from the rush of society for a while and enjoy the trails that cover the surrounding mountains. Or enjoy the best of modern living with a spa day, golf outing, museum tour, and then lounge for a while by the pool before hitting the casinos, boutique shopping districts, and delectable local restaurants.

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Overview

The Greater Palm Springs region of the Coachella Valley is made up of nine distinct cities: Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Desert Hot Springs, Indio, and Coachella. The area boasts more than 100 golf courses and dozens of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. To the east, you can visit Joshua Tree National Park or head west for Indian Canyons. Take in the full view of the mountain scenery on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which is the world’s largest rotating tramcar. The nightlife is also hot here, from live theater and music to dance clubs and themed bars. Then, find your own personal oasis, by soaking in the hot springs water that the area was named for, and feel your cares melt away with a spa treatment. With an abundance of sunny days and warm weather, this is a year-round destination for fun and relaxation.

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Before You Go

Airport Check-In: It is recommended that you reconfirm your flight information and check-in for your flights at the airline’s website 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Please bring all your final documents with you. It is important to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to departure for all domestic flights, and two to three hours prior to departure for international flights.

Required Documents: U.S. citizens must travel with a valid government-issued photo identification (such as a driver’s license). Rules are subject to change at any time, without notice. For the most current information, visit the website for the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov.

Newlywed Information: Tickets and other travel documents must exactly match your current passport and other identification. If not, you could be denied boarding and no refund will be forthcoming. For requirements and information regarding marriages performed in a foreign country, please visit the consulate of the particular country.

Honeymoon Packages: Some hotels require you to present a marriage certificate or license for you to receive the honeymoon package. Please bring this information with you if you are traveling on a honeymoon package.

Luggage: Baggage allowances and fees vary by airline. For airline baggage fees and policies please visit https://www.costcotravel.com/Info/Airline-Baggage. If baggage fees do apply, this cost will be additional and must be paid directly to the airline.

Travel Health Information: For the most current worldwide health information, consult your family physician or the official website for the Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov/travel or by phone at 1-800-232-4636. You’ll find information on recent outbreaks, required vaccinations, insect protection, illness and injury abroad, and more.

General Safety Tips: By taking a few simple security precautions before and during your vacation, you can help ensure that you, your traveling companions, and your valuables are as safe and secure as possible.
  • To make it easier to replace your passport if it’s lost or stolen, in addition to your passport, take a photocopy of your passport information page (keeping it separate from your actual passport).
  • Carry only a limited amount of cash, just enough for gratuities and incidental purchases. Major credit cards are widely accepted and can be replaced if lost or stolen.
  • Always lock your hotel room door (including patio and balcony door on any level of the building) and use the peephole before opening the door.
  • Store your valuables (such as cash, credit cards and airline tickets) in the hotel’s in-room safe or front desk safety deposit box.
  • If you must carry valuables on your person, do so in a pouch or money belt concealed under your clothing. Purses and backpacks can be easy targets for thieves.
  • For complete and current safety and security information, including travelers’ tips, public announcements, travel advisories and more, please visit the Web site of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov.

Climate:
Average Fahrenheit Temperature:
May through September: 58° to 77°
October through April: 60° to 68°

Water Safety: Tap water is safe to drink. Bottled water is recommended.

Tipping: A 15 - 20% tip is customary for service. At All-Inclusive hotels, gratuities are generally included in the vacation price.

Local Currency: U.S. Dollar

Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time

Telephone Information: Direct dialing for local and international telephone calls is available from most hotels and from most public phones.

Local Language: English

Transportation: Rental cars, private transfers, ridesharing services, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), taxis and buses are available. To determine time schedules for public transportation, please inquire at your hotel.

Top Experiences

  • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway : The world’s largest rotating tram gives sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and Coachella Valley.

  • Indian Canyons and Tahquitz Canyon : Natural beauty and the cultural history of the Cahuilla Indian Tribe blend together in these canyons.

  • Palm Springs Air Museum : An educational museum for World War II aircraft and personnel.

  • VillageFest : An old-fashioned street fair that combines a farmer’s market, flea market, and festival.

  • Palm Springs Art Museum : Exhibits from national and international artists of various media and artistic styles, plus a theater for live performances.

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