Three Reasons to Vacation in Palm Springs, California
Of course, this is totally subjective-what vacation is not??? But, vacationing in Palm Springs is great in the Spring or late Fall, and if you like pools and heat, then, include the Summer. Heck, I guess even Winter is fine.
The three main reasons to visit are: The Joshua Tree National Park, San Jacinto Mountain Park, and Palm Springs. To enjoy the first two, you need to be an outdoorsy type, at least enjoy walking or hiking to some extent. From LA, it's about 90 minutes, to fly there, you usually first land and change at John Wayne or Ontario International Airports.
The Joshua Tree offers some unique moon-like huge rock formations to climb upon and peer out over the vast flatness of the desert dotted with funny Seuss-like Joshua Trees, found only in this area. Depending on the time of year, pools of water are surrounded with well rounded rock formations that are truly tempting to assault! The only real danger are rattlesnakes and wild coyotes. There is plenty of camping and in the springtime, cactus and other plants make it very colorful. But, the walking and climbing is the attraction. It is about 45 min. from Palm Springs.
The San Jacinto Mountain Park is a must anytime of year. This park is over 10,000 ft high and to get there from Palm Springs is via a tram all the way up! Once on top, you are in for awesome vistas that equal any and a very large meadow wilderness to walk and hike in for miles. In the summer, the temperature difference between the bottom and top can be 20 degrees, so if its 105F at the bottom (a frequent temp in the summer), its 85F at the top. The lift runs $24\$17. It is a truly an awesome experience.
Palm Springs use to be more of the movie star playground back from the 40-60's. Many owned homes there and stayed there during their down time. It is also a well known rehab area because of the very dry, desert climate. First timers there will be overwhelmed with palm trees just about everywhere you look. Go to Indio nearby to experience huge date palm trees across acres and acres. If you love palms, this is the grand daddy home. In fact, many palms are dug up there and shipped all across the US (about $3000 min).