Palm Springs, the gay US oasis

A 2 hours drive from Los Angeles, Palm Springs is an oasis in the desert with charming mountains. 55% of inhabitants are said to be gay there, making it the gayest city of the United States! Palm trees and resorts with pool seem to summarize the destination. You will be spoilt for choice to stay, with many gay or gay-friendly places. A weekend destination for Californians and a vacations one for others, a place of pleasures and great freedom... Palm Springs greatly deserves taking the trip!

When to go?
The high season starts at the end of autumn until spring but the city can be visited all year round. Its very mild winter really attracts many people. The summer is hot but the pools and the air conditioning help you to survive ! Prices climb in the resorts from mid week to weekends and throughout holidays... Gay Pride takes place every year at the beginning of November (8 and 9 November in 2014).

What to see.
While the city is beautiful with its thousands of palm trees and its mountains in the West (covered with snow in winter), there is not much to visit on-site except for its museum of aviation and its art museum with its collection of Indian art. On the other hand in the region, there is the Joshua Tree national park with its emblematic tree that is both a palm tree and cactus. There  you will also discover the cholla cactus which rolls and clings to replant itself as well incredible rocks formations including a giant skull. Outside the park, there are also canyons where Indians lived, to explore on foot or horse.

What to do.

Choose a good resort, enjoy the swimming pool under the shade of a palm tree (there are many) and enjoy the extreme friendliness from the others residents.

Crowded with gays, Wangs in the desert serves Asian cuisine and excellent Dim Sum brunch on sundays. Tropicale Restaurant & Coral Seas Lounge offers a fusion cuisine in a stylish and fine setting. Pinocchio and Hamburger Marys are also friendly. Otherwise, Mexican cuisine is honoured in Las Casuellas Terraza, installed since 1958 in a huge house with numerous small patios. It is not very diet... but in the evening, live music and cocktails are nice. Also King's Highway, the restaurant of the very trendy of Ace Hotel.

Night life.
There are plenty of gay bars and theme nights. Always something going at the Dig' (western atmosphere, karaoke and other fun activities), at Hunter's Video Bar (karaoke, trivia, drag shows...) at Spurline or Street Bar. Gogo dancers ignite the dance floor at Toucans Tiki Lounge on Fridays and Saturdays but give way to colourful drags Sundays. The Copa Palm Springs club is also worth the detour! On the leather/fetish scene, for over 20 years, Tool Shed has remains open to everyone. The Barracks can be a little more demanding on the dresscode. The first one organizes the election of Mr  Tool Shed Leather and the second a Mr. Barrack!


Where to stay.

The city has the largest concentration of gay resorts in the United States. Long considered to be a haven for tolerance and freedom, naturism is possible in most establishments, but is not mandatory. There are also a few resorts with the style and equipments of saunas and a cruising atmosphere, special evenings and day passes. There you can enjoy this atmosphere with no fear of  not sleeping peacefully. These are resorts above all and the atmosphere is really good. Finally, others offer rest and tranquility. You will have the choice and services are overall of really good value.

How to organize oneself.

A plane ticket, a hotel booking and car rental! That’s it, welcome to Palm Springs! The destination is really not a difficult one to travel to.<< Nouvelle zone de texte >>

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