About Palm Springs
Palm Springs, a desert city in California, is known for its hot springs, stylish hotels, golf courses and spas. It's also notable for its many fine examples of midcentury-modern architecture. Its core shopping district along Palm Canyon Drive features vintage boutiques, hip interior design shops and buzzy restaurants. The surrounding Coachella Valley offers hiking, biking and horseback riding. The population was 44,551 as of the 2010 census. One possible origin of palm in the place name comes from early Spanish explorers who referred to the area as La Palma de la Mano de Dios or "The Palm of God's hand". The earliest use of the name "Palm Springs" is from United States Topographical Engineers who used the term in 1853 maps. Tourism is a major factor in the city's economy with 1.6 million visitors in 2011. The city has over 130 hotels and resorts, numerous bed and breakfasts and over 100 restaurants and dining spots. Palm Springs has a hot desert climate, with over 300 days of sunshine and around 4.83 inches (111.7 mm) of rain annually. Palm Springs has an annual International Film Festival, plus other annual events. Palm Springs has many museums and art galleries.