Palm Springs & Highway 1

Palm Springs is a desert resort city situated in the Coachella Valley with over 300 days of sunshine reported each year. This luxurious desert oasis is your gateway to the Joshua Tree National Park, which is filled with amazing and unique landscapes, just 1 hour out of town.

The breathtaking coastal drive along Highway 1 takes you from Dana Point, Orange County to Leggett, Mendocino County, along a glorious 1055 kilometre journey with many beautiful stops along the way.

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Festivals

One of the biggest music festivals in the world, Coachella, finds its home in Indio, just outside Palm Springs. This massive festival draws nearly 200,000 party-goers to the area with recent line-ups including AC/DC, The Weeknd and Drake. Tickets to the festival often sell out up to 11 months in advance, long before the line-up has been announced, which goes to show just how popular it truly is.

The Palm Springs International Film Festival, one of the most prestigious and well-attended film festivals in the country, welcomes more than 136,000 enthusiastic filmgoers every January. The festival features some 180 films from over 70 countries, all set against the picturesque back drop of Palm Springs.

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Scenery

There are many popular stops along the stunning Highway 1 route, including Orange County, Big Sur, Santa Monica, Monterey, San Francisco and many more! Big Sur is a magnificent section of Highway 1, where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise abruptly from the Pacific Ocean. The Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery, about half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles along Highway 1, is home to one of California’s largest northern elephant seal colonies. Visit during the winter months for an amazing opportunity to experience the wonders of nature when thousands of elephant seals come to rest and breed after their 6 month trip at sea.

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Hiking

Just an hour out of town, you will find the amazing Joshua Tree National Park. This is where two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together. With 56 kilometres of hiking trails in the region, you are bound to find one that suits your taste. The wide range of trails will leave outdoor enthusiasts in awe, with incredible nature surrounding them at every turn. The world’s largest palm oasis can be found on a hike through Palm Canyon. The beautiful palm trees are a stark contrast to the breathtaking rocky gorges and barren desert lands beyond.

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The Infinity Experience

Did you know?
Greater Palm Springs is the home of more than 115 golf courses, which is why many refer to the region as the 'Golf Capital of the World'.