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The best time to visit Greater Palm Springs

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With clear blue skies and balmy evenings, scenic deserts and canyons, and diverse, vibrant communities, it’s hard to resist the lure of Greater Palm Springs.

This area of Southern California has been called the state’s “sweet spot,” a collection of resort communities that promises respite and rejuvenation. In the cities of Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells, La Quinta, and Palm Springs, which make up Greater Palm Springs, there’s something for everyone. The area, too, lies just two hours east of Los Angeles.

Whether you prefer an outdoor adventure, a luxury escape, an immersion in the area’s retro-chic Mid-Century Modern vibe, or being a part of some of the world’s most celebrated cultural events, Greater Palm Springs offers the best of what you want all year round.

Here’s what to expect at any given season:

SUMMER in Greater Palm Springs

June to September

The fact that Greater Palm Springs enjoys over 300 days of sunshine each year on average – more than the national average of 205 – makes it an ideal getaway.

Spend lazy summer days soaking in what’s been called the legendary pools of Greater Palm Springs. Whether you prefer the saltwater pool of a luxury resort, or the sparkling waters of the pool/spa in a private vacation rental that comes with personalized services, you’ll find a pool that’s exactly to your liking.

Hop onto the rotating Palm Springs Aerial Tramway for a 10-minute, 2.5-mile ride up Mt. Saint Jacinto State Park. On the way up, enjoy spectacular views of the Cliffs of Chino Canyon.

FALL in Greater Palm Springs

October to November

When temperatures drop, hiking season is on in Greater Palm Springs. The North Lykken Trails is a moderately steep, 2.8-mile hike offering amazing views of the Coachella Valley. Or view the artifacts and rock art at the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indian reservation, which you can visit if you take the trails of Indian Canyons and Tahquitz Canyon.

Fall is also a great time to take advantage of the untold deals Greater Palm Springs offers. From hotel stays to games of golf, free museum passes, and outdoor adventure rides – you’ll find tons of fun things to experience at an amazing value.

You can also check out signature events like the Greater Palm Springs Pride Festival in November. Before heading out, check out their website for updates.

WINTER in Greater Palm Springs

December to January

For many, winter is the best time to enjoy the area’s myriad events and attractions.

Open-air sports events, for instance, are big in January. Enjoy the crisp winter air when you attend the PGA Tour’s four-day American Express Tournament – and take time to tee off at one of the area’s 110 excellent golf courses. Watch the tennis action at the BNP Paribas Open while relishing what Bloomberg calls “the alluring atmosphere” of the place.

Then there’s Modernism Week in February. The 11-day festivity honoring everything Mid-Century Modern includes walking and bus tours, lectures and films, and visits to some of the design style’s most definitive structures.

SPRING in Greater Palm Springs

March to May
Median temperature: 73°F

Two of Greater Palm Springs’s signature events for spring have been rescheduled for 2021. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has been moved to April 9 – 11, 2021 for the first weekend and April 16 – 18, 2021 for the second weekend. All 2020 passes will be honored.

California’s largest country music gathering, the family-friendly Stagecoach Country Music Festival, will also resume in 2021. It has been scheduled for April 23 – 25, 2021, a week after Coachella.

Spring is a popular time to visit the famed Joshua Tree National Park when the plains are carpeted by wildflowers, a captivating sight by any measure. Wait for carnations to drop from the sky during the Annual Memorial Day Flower Day and Art Drop at Palm Spring Air Museum.

Alternatively, you can go on a wellness and pampering retreat. Check out the inns and boutique resorts in Desert Hot Springs, California’s Spa City. They offer dips in restorative spring waters, which come up from an aquifer.

Follow the action or follow your bliss in Greater Palm Springs. Explore its diverse communities and attractions. If you want to inquire about moving here permanently, contact California Lifestyle Realty today, or call 760.501.0560. We’d be happy to help you.