Palm Springs has something for everyone with a wide array of local activities and attractions for all ages to enjoy. With more than 85 golf courses, 21 art galleries, more than a dozen antique stores, the Aerial Tramway, Desert Museum, Oasis Water Resort, Moorten Botanical Gardens and the spectacular Indian canyons, there is plenty to do and see.
Palm Canyon Drive is the pulsating street that flows through the historic heart of Palm Springs. Its sidewalks are beautifully lined with stately palm trees wrapped with sparkling lights, art galleries, restaurants, pubs and one of a kind of shops. There are more than 69 stars that gild the entrance of Palm Canyon Drive including some of Palm Springs' and the entertainment world's greatest personalities.
The Palm Springs Unified School District serves the educational needs of the community. The district provides a wide array of programs including special education, bilingual instruction, Tech Preparation, athletics, advanced placement, SBCO, Title 1, GATE, school-to-work transition programs, and many other services.
Graduates of the school system attend some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the nation. The district also points with pride to Palm Springs High School as having the largest number of advanced placement classes of any secondary school in the Coachella Valley. More than 60% of its graduate seniors go on to college. Advanced technology also abounds throughout the school system to prepare students for the future.
For higher education, College of the Desert serves the high desert and lower valley communities. C.O.D. has its permanent main campus in Palm Desert and a temporary high desert campus in Twenty-nine Palms. Cal State San Bernardino offers bachelor of art programs in business administration, human development, communication, English, psychology and social sciences. Chapman College is the closest private school with fully accredited masters programs. The University of Redlands and University of California, Riverside are also close by.
Palm Springs is a prime destination to enjoy quality food and world-class shopping. The city offers a multitude of spectacular restaurants with dishes that will please anyone's appetite, while offering magnificent desert views. Cuisines vary from seafood and sushi to Italian, French, American, Asian and more. For shop-a-holics, Palm Springs is the place to be. Palm Springs has everything from department store chains to local gift shops. Whether you are looking for everyday items or unique gifts, Palm Springs has it all.
Desert attractions are almost limitless. The open desert provides opportunities for high adventure to leisurely walks and everything in between, in a peaceful and attractive atmosphere. Art lovers can spend hours exploring the Palm Springs Desert Museum or the art galleries of El Paseo and Palm Canyon Drive. The collection of World War II aircraft and vintage automobiles at the Palm Springs Air Museum take history buffs back in time. The Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert provides a fun, learning experience for kids of all ages and the Desert IMAX Theatre is a great escape for the whole family.
The desert is also home to a number of parks and natural preserved spaces. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, a 600,000-acre park, is the largest in the United States. It surrounds the quiet community of Borrego Springs and has become a popular spot for celebrities and artists. Andreas, Murray and Palm canyons feature a trading post, picnic grounds, hiking and horse trails. Tahquitz Canyon boasts spectacular waterfalls and is now open after being closed to the public for more than 30 years. Joshua Tree National Park is formed by the Mojave and Colorado deserts and features incredible rock formations, a variety of distinct flora, wildlife sanctuary, campgrounds, horse and hiking trails. The Living Desert is the wildest attraction of the desert featuring rare and endangered desert animals and African wildlife. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway allows for incredible aerial views of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness, an area with 54 miles of hiking trails.
With 355 days of sunshine, getting wet is commonly enjoyed throughout the desert. Knott's Soak City is a great place to do just that. The deluxe, family-oriented water playground is set in a private beach club atmosphere with thirteen waterslides.
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