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Palm Springs, California - Year One Winner for Best Downtown

Scenery, shops, restaurants, live music and a cozy, compact downtown - all elements for a 5* rating. We frequented this downtown in February and March, prime time for tourism. The summer months are too hot for most day time activities.

Palm Springs is surrounded by some of the highest mountains in Southern California including San Jacinto at over 10,000 feet. The weather is warm and dry during the winter and draws thousands of tourists and snowbirds. We stayed in an RV Resort 10 miles to the north of Palm Springs in an area full of snowbird villages and RV parks. We arrived February 12th and left on March 15th. Most of our time there was pleasantly warm although it was windy in the northern resort area at times. High Temperatures by Month in Palm Springs 71° 75° 81° 87° 95° 104° 108° 107° 102° 91° 79° 70°

Jan Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec

Sights around the downtown area

The Every Thursday Night Festival - a portion of Palm Canyon Road is closed from 6 to 10 PM for vendors of clothing, art work, food and many other interesting items. Several musicians provided live music.

We attended a Vintage RV Show that was right in the downtown on Palm Canyon Road.

The main attraction was a rebuilt model of the RV used on the I Love Lucy show.

We visited the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens in nearby Rancho Mirage. Totally worth the $60 we paid to enter. Beautiful landscapes and the animals were all in habitats commensurate with other housing in Rancho Mirage. There is a huge G scale miniature train display with more than 3,300 feet of track sitting on 3/4 of an acre.

We danced at 2 different bars that had great bands. Sammy G's is below.

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