Since the golden age of Hollywood, Palm Springs, Calif., has been known as a celebrity playground. Today, celebrities still come to Palm Springs for rest and relaxation.
The Palm Springs Desert Resorts, which includes Palm Springs and seven neighboring cities, is located about 100 miles east of Los Angeles. The area began developing in the 1920s, as silent films stars began to discover it, and has continued to attract the rich and famous.
A Palm Springs map of the stars shows the homes of 50 stars of both yesterday and today. Stars such as Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball and Clark Gable are among the celebrities who once owned residences in the area.
Palm Springs Desert Resorts is also home to more than 100 golf courses, 600 tennis courses and 30,000 swimming pools. The Palm Springs area, which typically has 350 sunny and clear days every year, is particularly popular during the winter tourist season. Daily nonstop flights from Atlanta to the Palm Springs International Airport will be offered by Delta through May.
We surfed the Web to find the top five picks for your Palm Springs itinerary.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
If you're looking for a view from the top, be sure to take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. The sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon and 14,000 acres of wilderness can be seen from this rotating tram car. The end of the line is Mountain Station, which is 8,516 feet above the desert floor.
Tickets are $21.95 for adults, $19.95 for senior citizens and $14.95 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 are free, but must have a boarding pass. Call 1-888-515-8726 or visit www.pstramway.com.
Elvis' Palm Springs estate
You might not think California would be the place to see the King, but Elvis once owned a home in Palm Springs. His perfectly preserved estate, located at 845 W. Chino Canyon, is open for tours.
A 30-minute tour is $20. The Backstage Pass tour, which lasts two hours, is $100. Private lunches and dinners at Elvis's estate can also be arranged. Tours are not available on Sundays or holidays.
Call 760-325-6337 or visit www.pselvis.com.
Spa Resort Casino
High rollers - or those playing the part - might want to visit one of the area's casinos. The Spa Resort Casino, which is open 24 hours a day, has more than 900 slot machines and 30 table games, as well as a spa, five restaurants and a championship golf course. Call 1-800-854-1279 or visit www.sparesortcasino.com.
Shields Date Gardens
For a little something different, stop by the Shields Date Gardens to see "The Romance and Sex Life of the Date," a free 15-minute movie all about the fruit. While you're at the gardens, which were founded in 1924, sample a date cake or a date milkshake. Call 1-800-414-2555 or visit www.shieldsdates.com.
of Palm Springs
If you're curious about the homes of the stars, book a tour with Celebrity Tours of Palm Springs. The company's two-and-a-half-hour tour, known as Tour B, features Frank Sinatra's estate, the Old Movie Colony of Palm Springs and the homes of Bob Hope, Liberace, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.
The prices for the tour are $32 for adults, $30 for senior citizens and $14 for kids under 14.