Palm Springs, California
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Palm Springs, California and the surrounding Coachella Valley communities have, over the last 25 years, achieved the reputation as one of the premier vacation golf destination, vacation and retirement areas in the United States. The Valley offers a warm, dry climate along with over 325 days of sunshine and less than 6 inches of rain each year.
Today, the Coachella Valley is composed of nine cities: Desert Hot Springs, Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio, and Coachella. Given the dry, climate, weather and all the recreational amenities offered to residents here it is no surprise that the area experiences a growth rate in excess of 5% per year with an expected 500,000 permanent residents by the year 2010.
This community is famous for its golf courses. For the traveling golf enthusiast, there are over 80 public and private golf facilities, including many of the finest works from the world's best known architects & designers. The Golfers Guide to California figures there are more than 240 miles of fairways in the greater Palm Springs area, (that's probably enough for any hacker to keep it on the short grass).
Excellent shopping facilities make this "other sport" one of the area's greatest assets, and one of the main delights for visitors. Shops in the new Desert Fashion Shopping Plazas are equal those of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. The areas many boutiques also provide a high-fashion image as well.
Restaurants here offer a broad variety of fine dining facilities encompassing every taste imaginable from Southwestern Tex-Mex to the finest French Cuisine in all price ranges and presentations.
The Palm Springs area desert offers spectacular vistas and beauty. As for recreational activities, you won't find more to do anywhere else!