Palm Springs

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ShermansTravel experts do the legwork – literally – to walk you through the neighborhoods and regions in your destination. From local geography to notable landmarks to the hotel and restaurant meccas, we detail which areas to scope out during your stay and which spots aren’t worth the cab fare.

Palm Springs Neighborhoods

Downtown Palm Springs

Also called the Loop or the Village, downtown Palm Springs is the hub of eating, shopping, dining, drinking, and mid-century architecture gawking. Thursday’s nighttime street fair, Village Fest, brings out a variety of vendors, local characters, and tourists.

Warm Sands

The Warms Sands neighborhood is a friendly and popular cluster of gay-owned, resorts on the southern end of town just a short walk to the shops and restaurants of downtown.

Las Palmas

Las Palmas, a mostly residential neighborhood, literally abuts the jagged San Jacinto Mountains. It has a dense concentration of mid-century modern homes, making it a must-see on any architecture and design buff’s tour list.

Desert Hot Springs

Marked by hotels and resorts taking advantage of the natural hot mineral springs, this town just northeast of Palm Springs on I-10 is a quieter alternative to the weekend party atmosphere of Palm Springs.

Cathedral City

Golf fans and Latino families co-exist in “emerging” Cathedral City, named for its cathedral shaped canyon rocks and known for its verdant, world-class golf courses, tasty Mexican restaurants, and fledgling gay and lesbian population.

Palm Desert and Indian Wells

Hands down the most affluent area in the valley, these two cities offer deluxe shopping at El Paseo, nicknamed “The Rodeo Drive of the Desert,” with select high-end restaurants and boutiques, not to mention the Living Desert Zoo & Botanical Gardens, and a veritable patchwork of leafy golf courses, sprawling resort pools, and exclusive resorts.

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