Palm Springs in a nutshell: Established as a desert hideaway for Hollywood celebs and moguls in the 1930s, Palm Springs has developed into the premier wintertime gay resort town on the West Coast in recent decades.
Flying here can be a bit pricey, because this is one of the largest airports in the West not served by the discount airline Southwest.
It can be significantly cheaper to fly into Ontario Airport, an hour west, which is served by Southwest Airlines along with all the majors.
Palm Springs Festivals and Events Calendar 2016-2017: Things to Do: Apart from partaking of gay revelry, Palm Springs offers a nice balance of indoor and outdoor activities.
During the slower summer season, from June through September, highs average between 100 and 105 degrees, with nighttime lows in the mid-70s.
Year-round, Palm Springs is consistently dry and sunny.
Rain is a rarity, with most months averaging less than a half-inch of precipitation.
The Location: Palm Springs sits in the Coachella Valley, fringing the San Jacinto Mountains (which rise to higher than 10,000 feet).
The city is part of a popular vacation-driven valley consisting of the towns of Cathedral City (which also has several gay-oriented businesses), Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, La Quinta, and Indio.
Many of the gay resorts are clustered together in a neighborhood called Warm Sands, on the southeast side of downtown; a few more are in the San Lorenzo Road area, just a 10-minute walk farther south.