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Palm Springs, California, is located in the desert 177 km east of Los Angeles in Riverside County. It is at the base of the Mount San Jacinto Mountains. Of its approximately 42,000 inhabitants, roughly 70% are white, 20% Latin American and the rest of other groups and mixed descent.
Archaeological findings indicate that aboriginal people, the Cahuilla, lived here since at least 350 years ago. Some believe their ancestors had been here since 2,000 years ago. The first permanent white settlers came in 1884. Within 2 years, the first hotel was erected. It was not until post WWII that big growth began as a resort area. Since the late 1970s, after attracting many retirees, this has become a year round community.
The Visitors Center offers guides and brochures to tourists. The casinos and winter tourists fuel much of the economy for working people here in the Coachella Valley. The entire valley can be seen from ascending the Aerial Tramway which rises more than 2,500 metres above the desert below. A restaurant and park are located at the summit above the tram.
There are a variety of luxury hotels, historic bed & breakfast buildings and RV camping parks. Various fine restaurants serve cuisine. There are hundreds of dining options in all. Many upscale boutique stores are open for shoppers in this city. Several golfing and other sporting events occur throughout the year. There is a non professional baseball team and an Arizona Winter League Team that play here.
There is nearby mountain hiking and bike trails. It is sunny here 350 days a year, making outdoor recreation a practically permanent option. There are a few wildlife reserves just outside of town. A dozen museums are in and around Palm Springs. They celebrate art, history and local heritage. There are some 2 dozen performing and visual art and cinema venues in Palm Springs and the surrounding valley.
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In mid-winter this city hosts its Annual Line Dance Festival, a 3-day celebration of line dancing. This event dates from the mid-90s. (http://www.palmspringslinedancefestival.com/)
The Arthur Lyons' Film Noir Festival has been celebrated since the year 2000. It is a 4-day end of May event. Classic “B” films are screened. Several of the stars of these films are present for the screenings and to enter into dialogue with the assembled film viewers. (http://arthurlyonsfilmnoir.ning.com/)
The Palm Springs Village Fest is a happening that occurs every Thursday evening throughout the year. The downtown teems with outdoor street vendors, entertainers and arts as well as fresh produce sales. It is held on Palm Canyon Drive. (http://www.villagefest.org/)
The first Wednesday Backstreet Art Walk is held every first Wednesday on a monthly basis. Galleries and studios teem with people from 6-9 PM in the Backstreet Art District.
The Palm Springs International Film Festival is a 2-week long event in January. As many as 200 films from 60 countries are screened here. A black tie gala ends the event each year. The festival has been ongoing for more than two decades. (http://www.psfilmfest.org/index.aspx)
holidays - How to Get There
American Airlines flies from Sydney (SYD) to this location (PSP) in a minimum of 23 hours and 10 minutes with 2 stops. Delta's shortest estimated travel time from Sydney (SYD) is 29 hours and 17 minutes with two layovers as well. United offers this flight in 17 hours with one stop. An Australian Consulate-General is located in this city to provide services to visiting Australians. (http://www.losangeles.consulate.gov.au/)