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Palm Springs is named for the abundant California palm tree and the hot mineral springs around which the city's original inhabitants, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, built their village thousands of years ago. European settlers did not establish themselves in the area until the late 1800s. And in the 1920s, Hollywood stars began to create a retreat from Tinseltown in the desert town. It continues to be a favorite vacation spot for celebrities, but it has grown into a major resort town, popular with tourists from all walks of life. In addition to vacationers, Palm Springs is also home to a resident population of about 45,000. This is due to a rise in construction in the middle of the 20th century, as well as Coachella Valley's popularity as a retirement destination.
With tourism at the heart of Palm Springs' economy, you know there will be plenty to do during your visit. Moderate winter temperatures draw over one million visitors to Palm Springs each year and make it a popular destination for outdoor activities like hiking, horseback riding and sitting by the pool. Golf is also popular, with over 100 golf courses in the area.
There are so many restaurants in Palm Springs that the city's annual restaurant week encompasses 10 days. Palm Springs dining offers everything from burgers and beers to fine dining to fit every budget and flavor palette.
There are quite a few excellent breakfast places in Palm Springs, as well as bakeries and dessert and coffee shops. Many cafés offer options for those with dietary restrictions, including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.
Most bars and nightclubs are run by the local resorts and hotels, although there are several freestanding nightspots, as well. Palm Springs is known for its thriving LGBT community, and there are several clubs, from quiet laid-back lounges to raucous dance clubs, that cater to LGBT visitors. Whether you enjoy spending the afternoon at a sports bar watching a game or sitting by the pool with a fruity cocktail, Palm Springs has something for you.
You might not make it a fourth of the way down Canyon Drive without depleting your shopping budget in the many specialty and antique shops, thrift stores and art galleries that line the street. In addition to the smaller boutiques, there are shopping centers, as well as an outlet mall.
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