75 Things We Love About Palm Springs

This year, Palm Springs Aerial Tramway celebrates its 50 years of bringing locals and visitors to the cool heights of Mt. San Jacinto.

Kevin Steele

Palm Springs 75th Anniversary logoPeople to our east may have the Grand Canyon, Gateway Arch, and Broadway, but they also have intolerant immigration rules, tornadoes, and stressful traffic. People to our west may have Pacific Ocean beaches and Sunset Boulevard, but they also have fog and stressful traffic. We think Palm Springs beats any other place on the planet (yes, Paris is nice, especially in April, but the traffic is crazy). Here’s a (partial but numerically appropriate) list of things that make us feel warm and fuzzy about Palm Springs.

1 — Driving around town is a breeze

2 Anyone you call long distance is envious you’re calling from Palm Springs

3 Wildflowers in the spring

4 — Summer reading by the pool

5 Never needing to touch a thermostat in the fall

6 Never having to shovel snow in the winter

7Alpenglow on the mountains

8 The strong but sexy facade of the convention center

9 Passing through five life zones on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

10 It’s Southern California without the attitude

11 Eleven months of great weather

12 August only makes you stronger

13 The international airport is a cinch to navigate

14 Kitschy/charming/retro one-of-a-kind boutique inns

15 Shopping for handcrafted gifts at VillageFest

16 Sidewalk tables for dining on Palm Canyon Drive

17 Misters and heaters on restaurant patios

18 Catching mardi gras beads tossed out at the Gay Pride Parade

19 Experiencing the world through multiple film festivals

20 Remembering Elvis at his Honeymoon Hideaway

21 Taking visitors to see celebrity homes

22 Drinking wine with popcorn and an art-house movie at Camelot Theatres

23 The 360-degree view from the summit of Mount San Jacinto

24 Roadrunners occasionally cross your path (though they never say “Beep Beep”)

25 Getting fit on hiking trails

26 Picnicking on a rock along the Lykken Trail, while overlooking the valley floor

27 The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies proves you’re never too old

28 Historic planes take to the air at  Palm Springs Air Museum

29 Free Second Sundays at Palm Springs Art Museum

30 Abundant, statuesque palm trees

31 Smooth-as-glass rocks in the Indian Canyons

32 Crawfish in the desert? Yep, at Trio Restaurant

33 Surfing in the desert? Yep, at Knott’s Soak City

34 Sitting on The Tropicale’s patio

35 Disco balls, yard flamingos, and flashing-LED “jewelry” at Party Lab

36 Sweeping views of the horizon in all directions

37 Artist Phill Evans’ iron fence at Palm Springs Dog Park

38 Margaritas under the palapa at Las Casuelas Terraza

39 Touring windmills without having to fly to Holland

40 The nonclinical-looking El Mirador Tower at Desert Regional Medical Center

41 Shopping for 1950s and ’60s furnishings in the Uptown Design District

42 The resort pace of life

43 Midcentury modernism clerestory windows, butterfly roofs, and patterned concrete block

44 The sense of calm that overtakes you when you arrive/return

45 People and businesses embrace diversity

46 Fresh local produce from the farmers market

47 A $20 tee time special at the public Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort

48 The relaxing patio at Escena Golf Club

49 Incredible deals at Revivals and Angel View Thrift Mart

50 The community’s overwhelming philanthropic spirit

51 Redeeming winning chips at Spa Resort Casino

52 Downtown’s independent shops and eateries

53 Free parking

54 Old matchboxes, menus, and brochures at Palm Springs Historical Society

55 Free tennis at Ruth Hardy Park

56 Local artists frequent gallery openings

57 Flipping through Assouline books at Just Fabulous

58 The Steiger tractor in the Festival of Lights Parade

59 Chocolate anything at See’s Candy

60 Canopied glider tables at Azul Tapas Lounge

61 Drag shows at Toucans Tiki Lounge and Azul Alibi

62 The koi pond in the public library

63 The boys of summer: Palm Springs Power baseball team

64 Watching tourists take each other’s picture on the Lucy bench

65 The Palm Springs map porcelain plate at Not Neutral and Just Modern

66 The funny magnets and cards at Greetings

67 Classic Chevys parked in front of McCormick’s Exotic Cars

68 Palm Springs’ first pioneer home (McCallum Adobe) is downtown

69 Blooming cacti at Moorten Botanical Gardens

70 There’s always a party at Ace Hotel & Swim Club

71 Time traveling at Melvyn’s at the Ingleside Inn

72 Going to the coast and coming home in a day

74 Temecula Wine Country is less than 90 minutes away

74 Palm Springs Life attracts sophisticated subscribers (including a sheik in Dubai!)

75 Did we mention the weather?

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