California Tourism

Palm Springs – California Travel Tips – Shop Local

California travel expert Veronica Hill of tours Palm Springs in this episode of "California Travel Tips." Located 114 miles east of Los Angeles off the I-10 and 111 freeways, this balmy desert oasis makes a charming weekend escape. A few of my favorite Palm Springs attractions are the famous Palm Springs Tram, that whisks you 8,500 feet above Mount San Jacinto, the Desert Adventures Jeep Tour, which takes you into the California desert and along the San Andreas Fault, and the educational Living Desert zoo and botanical gardens, where you can get a close-up look at native desert plants and desert animals. If you're looking to stay the weekend, Palm Springs hotels such as Desert Riviera Hotel and Horizon Hotel cater to the swanky crowd looking for a bit of retro chic. Both are located in the Heritage District, which is home to many of Palm Springs Mid Century Modern buildings. Palm Springs resorts like Rancho Las Palmas and the Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort & Spa are known for their great pools, golf courses and spas. For a price, you can even stay the night at Frank Sinatra's former Twin Palms estate, or the honeymoon hideaway of Elvis Presley. Daily house tours of the Elvis home ($25 weekdays and $35 weekends) are offered by appointment. By night you'll find some fun Palm Springs entertainment at the Palm Springs Follies, where an over-55 cast of vaudeville entertainers pay homage to Route 66 in a musical revue. Before you leave, don't forget to stop at the Shield's Date Farm in Indio, where you can stock up on Medjool dates, moist date nut bread or sample one of their famous creamy date shakes. You'll think you've died and gone to heaven. Palm Springs weather varies from the 70s in winter and spring...

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Rancho Las Palmas – Palm Springs Hotels – California Travel Tips – Shop Local

SUBSCRIBE! California travel expert Veronica Hill of tours Rancho Las Palmas - a Palm Springs resort - in this episode of "California Travel Tips." Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa is perfect for family vacations in the Palm Springs California desert. Located in the posh city of Rancho Mirage, this hotel makes a great central base for touring Palm Springs attractions, from the Indio date farms to the white-knuckle adventures aboard the Palm Springs tram. Fresh from a $35 million makeover, the resort sits on 240 acres of prime Palm Springs real estate lined with palm trees, tranquil fountains and lakes. By day, play a round on the 27-hole Ted Robinson golf course, or head inside Spa Las Palmas for a delightful Palm Springs spa treatment. By night, take in the dynamic fire features at restaurant Blue Ember, then retire to your room where a cozy down comforter and 42-inch plasma TV awaits you. But what I like most about Rancho Las Palmas? Splashtopia — a warm-water playground with two waterslides, a cliffside Jacuzzi and a 425-foot Lazy River. I can't think of a place I'd rather be on a hot Palm Springs day. Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa 41-000 Bob Hope Drive Rancho Mirage, Calif. 92270 (760) 568-2727 (866) 423-1195 www.rancholaspalmas.com California Essential Guide App: ITUNES: GOOGLE PLAY: Yosemite Travel Essentials App: ITUNES: DISNEYLAND INSIDER'S TRAVEL GUIDE ITUNES: GOOGLE PLAY:

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Desert Plants – Desert Landscaping – Shop Local

California travel expert Veronica Hill of offers a guide to desert plants in this episode of "California Travel Tips" filmed at the Living Desert in Palm Springs. With little rainfall and average summer temperatures rising to over 110 degrees, desert plants must be extremely hardy to survive. Veronica Hill of California Travel Tips tours the Living Desert botanical gardens in Palm Desert. Let's take a look at some common desert plants and learn a few tips about drought tolerant desert landscaping. Palm Springs is known for its tidy landscaped desert gardens, and I can't think of a better place to get new ideas and inspiration than at the Living Desert. This peaceful and beautiful park is known for its showcase gardens of plants that grow in the Mojave, Colorado, Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts. Walking along the gentle paths, you'll find specimens of barrel cactus, agave and yucca. Turn the corner and you'll find some mallow, cholla and prickly pear cactus. Many of these drought tolerant plants can go 2-3 months without water in the scorching desert heat. My guide Glenn explained that one of the most amazing and useful desert plants is the fragrant creosote bush. Its leaves are used for healing by native Indians and its tangled roots as shelter by desert animals. If you are ever in the desert after a rainstorm, the smell of creosote is unmistakable. At the Living Desert, you'll also find desert trees such as the Joshua Tree, Mesquite Tree and Escarpment Live Oak, while the Palm Garden features several hundred palm trees from around the world. If you want to grow a hummingbird garden or butterfly garden, you'll find some great ideas here — and proof that they work. At the Wortz Demonstration Garden, you'll find some great examples of Southwest landscape design,...

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Desert Animals – The Living Desert – Shop Local

California travel expert Veronica Hill of offers a guide to desert animals at the Living Desert in this episode of "California Travel Tips." The Living Desert zoo in Palm Desert is home to some of the most common desert animals found in North America. Plan on at least a full day to enjoy this gorgeous 1,200 acre park. You'll spot a large number of animals founds here in our California desert, from the adorable bobcat and crafty coyote, to the majestic mountain lion. Be sure to arrive early in the morning if you want to see the animals in action. By mid-day, many have retired to their burrows for a nap and reprieve from the intense desert heat. A highlight for me was a glimpse at two endangered species — the desert bighorn sheep, found in the rocky mountains of California, and the gorgeous Mexican wolf, once found throughout the Southwest. This is also one of the few places where you'll find the rare and tiny desert pupfish, which can survive in waters over 100 degrees. If you're into birdwatching, this is a great place to see some beautiful desert birds up close, from the roadrunner and hummingbird to the golden eagle and Great Horned Owl. Look up in the sky and you may spot a Harris Hawk coming down for a landing. I hope you've enjoyed this quick look at the animals of the Living Desert. Just don't forget to dress for the hot Palm Springs weather, bringing along plenty of water, sunscreen, and — of course!— a camera. The Living Desert 47-900 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260 760-346-5694 www.livingdesert.org SUBSCRIBE! California Essential Guide App: ITUNES: GOOGLE PLAY: Yosemite Travel Essentials App: ITUNES: DISNEYLAND INSIDER'S TRAVEL GUIDE ITUNES: GOOGLE PLAY:

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