There is so much more to Palm Springs than golf courses, water slides, and Hollywood glitz. Palm Springs and the surrounding Coachella Valley communities are rich in culture, history and tradition. Being a natural desert wonderland, the geology and climate of the Coachella Valley is home to myriad amazing species of flora and fauna. Arising from these deep, quiet roots are the nine cities that comprise Greater Palm Springs: Palm Desert, Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Coachella, and the historic railroad town of Indio.
Each community offers its own unique personality and atmosphere, making the Coachella Valley an incomparable resort destination. Be it where to find great golfing, dining, shopping and entertainment or information on the natural wonders and environment of the Coachella Valley, the Palm Springs Visitors Center offers everything you could want to know about the beautiful desert oasis of Greater Palm Springs.
Nestled at the rocky base of Mount San Jacinto, the Palm Springs Visitors Center houses a wealth of information about the Coachella Valley/Greater Palm Springs area and is a highly recommended first stop on your Palm Springs vacation. An unusual attraction in its own right, the unassuming historic structure of the Palm Springs Visitors Center was originally a gas station built in 1965. Today it is considered a period masterpiece, conveying the space age vision and style of the 1960s. Visitors from around the world take advantage of the Visitors Center’s many offerings, from finding out about hiking trails to the low-down on Coachella Valley’s 100+ golf courses.
A Cahuilla Indian tribe representative can share the area’s ancient Native American history and lore with you, and the Visitor Center’s volunteers are intimately familiar with all there is to see, do and enjoy in the area. Stopping in at the Palm Springs Visitors Center will arm you with all you need to know about the Greater Palm Springs area, and here you can also browse their unique gift shop, which carries maps, assorted souvenirs, and historic throwbacks such as Route 66 T-shirts.
2901 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs
From Interstate 10, turn south onto Palm Springs exit Highway 11 (N. Palm Canyon Drive). Continue south for about six miles until you see a residential development on your left; it’s just after the houses start on the corner of Highway 11 and W. San Rafael Drive.
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