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Contents History ................................ 3-5 How do I get there?.................. 6 How do I get around?.............. 7 Where can I stay?.................... 8-9 Map...................................... 10-11 Coachella Fest.......................... 12 Stagecoach Festival................... 13 Palm International Film Fest.... 14 Date Festival.......................... 15 Tamale Festival........................ 16 Some other fun stuff................... 17 Hungry?............................... 18-19 2

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More than 2,000 years ago, Palm Springs’ first residents were the ancestors of today’s Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. One of many Cahuilla bands, the Agua Caliente existed as peaceful hunters and gatherers, living off the land, and adapting to the extremes of desert summers and mountain winters. Much of tribal life centered on the lush vegetation and abundant water in the area known as Indian Canyons, site of North America’s largest natural fan palm oasis. The Cahuilla tribe first encountered non-Indians in 1774, as Juan Bautista de Anza’s expedition traveled through the area. In 1853, a government survey party mapped Palm Springs and its natural hot springs mineral pool - now the site of the Spa Resort Casino -and established the first wagon route through the San Gorgonio Pass. The Cahuilla culture was decimated with the 1863 smallpox epidemic that killed thousands. In 1877 as an incentive to complete a railroad to the Pacific, the U.S. government gave Southern Pacific Railroad title to the odd-numbered parcels of land for ten miles on either side of the tracks running through the Southern California desert around Palm Springs. The even-numbered parcels of land were given to the Agua Caliente, yet federal law prohibited them from leasing or selling the land to derive income from it. In 1884, Judge John Guthrie McCallum of San Francisco arrived in Palm Springs with his family, seeking health for his tubercular son. The first permanent non-Indian settler, McCallum purchased land from Southern Pacific and built an elaborate aqueduct. His work to bring water to the Coachella Valley foreshadowed the area’s current importance as a rich agricultural region. Dr. Welwood Murray built the first hotel, The Palm Springs Hotel, in 1886. Palm Springs continued attracting more visitors and residents. Congress passed the Mission Indian Relief Act in 1891, authorizing the Secretary of the Interior to make individual allotments from reservation lands. However, Entertainment Guide


would be another 50 years before the Indians, taking their case to the U.S. Supreme Court (Lee Arenas v. United States, 1944), would win the legal rights to have allotments approved. The success was short-lived due to the need for equalization of allotments and federal laws denoting the length of leases on Indian lands. It was not until President Eisenhower signed the Equalization Law in 1959 that tribes could realize profits from their lands and develop the 99-year lease. The Desert Inn Puts Palm Springs on the Map as a Tourist Destination. The Desert Inn playground for Hollywood stars like Frank Sinatra, Marlene Dietrich, Bob Hope, Loretta Young. Today’s stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Dakota Fanning, Halley Berry and Gwen Stefani continue to seek rest and relaxation just hours away from the Hollywood glitz. European royalty and business tycoons all come to enjoy the endless sunshine and serenity of the desert.

“The Desert Inn Puts Palm Springs on the Map as a Tourist Destination.” During World War II, the desert became the training ground for General George S. Patton’s troops as they prepared to invade North Africa. El Mirador Hotel, second home to the stars and the site of today’s Desert Regional Medical Center, served as Torney General Hospital, treating U.S. wounded. Italian prisoners of war, housed at the adjoining detention camp, labored at the hospital. The airfield, built to handle military cargo and personnel planes, would become Palm Springs Regional Airport. Once a small landing field and the first major Indian land purchase following the 1959 Equalization Law, the airport welcomed the 21st century as Palm Springs International Airport with flights nationwide and to Canada.

“The post-war era ushered in tremendous growth...” The post-war era ushered in tremendous growth as Palm Springs’ natural environment was no longer a secret of just the wealthy. With tourism’s growth, attractions and resorts flourished. Development spread “down valley” With the advent of air-conditioning, visitors and residents stayed year-round.

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How do I get there? Palm Springs International Airport 3400 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 318-3800


Palm Springs

How should I get around...? Rental-Car (Palm Springs International Airport) 3400 E Tahquitz Canyon Way. Palm Springs, CA 92262 • (760) 318-3800

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Where can I stay? Ace Hotel and Swim Club

701 E Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs, CA 92264

Our 179-room hotel, spa and resort in Palm Springs, California is within biking distance of downtown and close to cool stuff like Joshua Tree, the Salton Sea, Salvation Mountain, all kinds of historic desert modern architecture and tons of great vintage shopping. It’s also the best place in Palm Springs to get a laid-back massage or natural treatment at the Feel Good Spa, by the pool or in your room.

Westin Desert Willow Villas 75 Willow Ridge, Palm Desert, CA 92260


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Each of this Westin’s one- or two-bedroom guest villas features a flat-screen TV, a private balcony, a kitchenette, a dining area and complimentary highspeed internet access. The outdoor swimming pool and water-slide offer welcome respite from sometimes oppressive heat. For more information visit

Fantasy Springs Hotel & Casino

84-245 Indio Springs Pkwy. Indio, CA 92203

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino offers all you need for a fun-filled getaway or complete destination vacation. Whether your fantasy includes luxurious hotel rooms, exciting Vegas-style gambling options, fabulous dining, world-class entertainment, golf or poolside lounging, you’ll find it all here. Visit

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa 74-855 Country Club Dr. Palm Desert, CA 92260

Elegance and impeccable service are the hallmarks of JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa. Our luxury hotel showcases sophisticated accommodations and an incomparable location in the Coachella Valley, near Palm Springs. Beautifully manicured resort grounds feature waterways that can be traversed by gondolas, as well as a flamingo island, two golf courses and a serene spa. For information visit

Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa

32-250 Bob Hope Dr. Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

In the desert mountains of Rancho Mirage, this California resort includes on-site restaurants a casino and spa. Rooms include free Wi-Fi and a flatscreen TV. Featuring mountain views, the modern rooms at this hotel are bright and comfortably furnished. Visit Entertainment Guide



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Coachella Fest 50950 Madison St, Indio, CA 92201

The festival’s origins trace back to a 1993 concert that Pearl Jam performed at the Empire Polo Club while boycotting venues controlled by Ticketmaster. The show validated the site’s viability for hosting large events, leading to the inaugural Coachella Festival’s being held over the course of two days in October 1999—just three months after Woodstock ‘99. After no event was held in 2000, Coachella returned on an annual basis beginning in April 2001, as a single-day event. In 2002, the festival reverted to a two-day format. Coachella was expanded to a third day in 2007 and eventually a second weekend in 2012; it is currently held on consecutive three-day weekends in April, with each


weekend having identical lineups. Organizers began permitting spectators to camp on the grounds in 2003, one of several expansions and additions of amenities that have been made in the festival’s history. Come see acts like Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Muse, The Weekend, Coldplay, Cardi B and many other amazing artist from all genres play their hearts out in the desert heat. For ticket information go to :

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Stagecoach Festival 50950 Madison St, Indio, CA 92201


Stagecoach took place for the first time in 2007. Put on at the same venue, also by Goldenvoice, Stagecoach is seen as a “cousin” of Coachella. In 2012, the festival’s 55,000 attendees marked its first sell-out crowd. Notable performers have included Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Brooks and Dunn, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Sugarland, The Charlie Daniels Band, Alabama. George Strait, Alan Jackson, Willie Nelson, Eagles, Roger McGuinn, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Martina McBride, Don Williams, Jerry Lee Lewis, Shania Twain and Luke Bryan.

It is the highest-grossing festival centered on country music in the world. The festival acts as a sister event to Goldenvoice’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, taking place the following weekend at the same site. There is RV access and many onsite food and beer vendors. For more information go to:

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International Film Festival


2300 E Baristo Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262 The Palm Springs International Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming over 135,000 attendees each year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries. The Festival is also known for its annual Film Awards Gala, honoring the best achievements of the year by a celebrated list of talents. Produced by the Palm Springs International Film Society, the Festival offers 12 days of events and film screenings featuring over 180

films. We welcome you to join us at our venues in Palm Springs and Cathedral City. See you at the movies! For more information, call 760.322.2930 or 800.898.7256 or visit

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National Date Festival 4 82-503 Hwy 111 Indio, CA 92201 The fair takes place in Indio, California. Since 1947 the annual festival has been held to celebrate the Date Palm harvest in the Coachella Valley. The event is held in February on the Riverside County Fairgrounds. The Coachella Valley has about 250,000 date palms planted on approximately 5,000 acres (20 km2) which produces 35,000,000 pounds of dates annually. [3] The agricultural industry is responsible for 95 percent of the nation’s crop. With concerts, parades, animal adoptions, carnival rides, livestock judging, arts and crafts, agriculture exhibits, and more food that you can handle, the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival is fun for the whole family.

Prices: Adults (13 - 54): $11 Seniors (55+): $10 Unlimited Carnival Rides One Time Use $25 (Tue - Thur) | $28 (Fri - Mon) Youth (6-12): $9 Children (5 & under): FREE Veterans: FREE Season Pass: $30

Fair Hours Friday - Monday: 10 am -10 pm Tuesday - Thursday: Noon 10 pm

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International Tamale Festival 5

100 Civic Center Mall, Indio, CA 92201 The Indio International Tamale Festival is loaded with excitement. Visitors delight in scrumptious tamales, endless alternative food options, shopping, and all-day entertainment. Festival fans like to relax while enjoying a variety of dancing shows including traditional Folklorico dancing and line dancing as well as Cheer Groups. Visitors can enjoy live music on five stages, new to the Festival‌ two Community Stages for more

opportunities to view local talent! Food, food and more food! Enjoy your tamales while walking the large car show and festival. Fun for the entire family the first weekend in December, downtown Indio, CA. For more information visit

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Some other fun stuff... Palm Springs Tram


1 Tram Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway in Palm Springs, California, is the largest rotating aerial tramway in the world. It was opened in September 1963 as a way of getting from the floor of the Coachella Valley to relatively near the top of San Jacinto Peak and was constructed in rugged Chino Canyon. Before its construction, the only way to the top of the mountain was to hike a number of hours from Idyllwild. For information and tickets visit:

The Living Desert

47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260


Formerly the Living Desert Museum, is a desert botanical garden and a zoo located in Palm Desert, California. They are in the Sonoran Desert of the Coachella Valley and Santa Rosa Mountains foothills near Palm Springs, California. Enjoy live desert animals including; giraffe, meerkats, cheetahs, big horn sheep and tortoise. For more information visit

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Hungry? T K B Bakery & Deli

44911 Golf Center Parkway Indio, CA, 92201

Mon-Sat: 7am – 5pm TKB is the only restaurant to receive a Top 5 Rating in America, three years running! They have amazing sandwiches and delicious deserts! If you wanna eat like a local you will need to get there early because the line goes out the door in minutes. They cater and deliver, making their food easy to access for a quick bite or a large event. Best Deli in the desert cities!

Sunshine Cafe

36815 Cathedral Canyon Cathedral City, CA 92234

Mon - Sat: 7am - 8pm Sunday: 7am - 8pm Sunshine Café is frequented by celebrities, politicians, word of mouth visitors from around the world and mostly our wonderful locals. Known as a local hole in the wall with a funky vibe. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, it’s always a great Idea to visit! 18 Palm Springs

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43430 Monroe St. Suite A, Indio, CA 92201 Mon-Thurs: 8am - 9pm Fri:8am-10pm Sat:7am-10pm Sun:7am-9pm

“Authentic Mexican Food!” a local favorite. With a full bar and live music on the weekends, the amazing restaurant has been around for almost 40 years. A fun and friendly atmosphere is a great little secret known only by locals... until now!

Casa de Silvia

82720 Miles Ave. Indio, California

Thurs-Tues: 7am - 3pm Wed : CLOSED A newer restaurant in the heart of down town opening after they won first place in Indio’s International Tamale Festival. You will be drooling over this ward winning menu and authentic Mexican kitchen where their motto is “Mi Casa Es Tu Casa”

Sherman’s Deli and Bakery 401 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way Palm Springs CA 92262

Monday - Sunday: 7am-9pm A desert staple for over 50 years. Sherman’s Deli has been frequented by many stars including Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives Guy Fieri. If you ask a local where the best deli in Palm Springs is, they will point you here. Offering a full menu of breakfast(served all day), lunch and Dinner as well as cakes and pastries. Entertainment Guide 19

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