Amid a mountain-ringed valley, Palm Springs pops out of the Californian desert like a stylish oasis. Its sleek, modernist architecture once hosted glamorous stars escaping nearby Hollywood. While a chic vintage vibe still lingers, this desert town now lures an eclectic crowd of nature lovers and hip city breakers, drawn by upscale spas, palm-lined trails, sprawling golf courses and one of the most exciting music festivals in the US.

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Near Los Angeles, Palm Springs serves up desert-set activities within the Coachella Valley. Hitting hole-in-ones at the many golf courses, treating yourself at the spa, or hanging poolside with your family are some of the many things to do in Palm Springs. Book vacation packages and stay at top Palm Springs hotels, from boutique hotels to family-friendly accommodation.

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What to eat

Californian staples like sushi and tacos, toffee treats from the Brandini Toffee Factory, brunch at popular spot Cheeky’s, pastrami at Sherman’s Deli and Bakery, pizza from Birba and a throwback meal at Rat Pack favourite, Melvyn’s. 

What to bring back

Organic soaps or beauty products from local spas, dates from the area’s many date farms (this is the country’s “Date Capital”) and books or postcards of modernist architecture from the Palm Springs Modern Committee.

Fun Fact

Palm Springs’ history is tied with Hollywood’s golden era. It has streets named for stars (Frank Sinatra Drive, Bob Hope Drive, etc.), its own Walk of Stars and famous former homes you can now visit (the Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway or Frank Sinatra's Twin Palms). 

IMPORTANT INFO

For more information on all necessary travel documents, visa, taxes and more, check Air Canada’s Travel Requirements page and the Government of Canada’s Travel and Tourism website.


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