Palm Springs California is rumored to have become one of America’s most popular gay vacation destinations. From mid-October to June, the weather is ideal with daytime highs in the mid-1970s. A beautiful desert landscape with three majestic mountain ranges in the background makes it a perfect setting to kick back, relax, recharge your batteries, or have a romantic date with that special someone. This city is home to one of the most “gay friendly” environments on the West Coast, with many cultural events celebrating diversity and pride.
A stroll down Arenas Street, located in downtown Palm Springs, will provide dining, shopping, and nightlife like no other. There are several stores that sell clothing, curios, and novelty items that you won’t find anywhere else. This street also includes some of the best restaurants in Palm Springs serving American cuisine. Several of the bars and restaurants offer nightly entertainment including karaoke, Levi / leather, casual fun, and an outdoor outdoor patio.
The Palm Springs section located a short distance from downtown is Warm Sands. This area is home to a collection of luxury gay and clothing optional resorts, which are rated as some of the best. Before becoming gay establishments, many of these same resorts were favorite vacation spots for many Hollywood icons from the silent screen, the stage, the movies.
Shopping and nightlife aren’t the only forms of entertainment in this desert oasis. With several National Parks, Monuments, and state land reserves in close proximity, many visitors can enjoy hiking, house tours, excursions, and even camping. Your biggest problem will be finding enough time in the day to include everything.
There are also several annual events that draw national attention to this area. Held every year in the spring, the White Party is a gay man’s definition of being a kid in a candy store. There are beautiful gay men everywhere. You may want to come to this event just because if you don’t, you can leave that way. So much temptation and so little time. This valley offers something for everyone so women don’t feel left out. The Dinah Shore Kraft / Nabisco Golf Championship is a lesbian dream come true.
Gay Pride festival is a weekend celebration where Arenas Street is closed for musical entertainment, Sunrise Park hosts the official Gay Pride festival with many vendors setting up booths to provide an outdoor shopping and entertainment experience. Palm Canyon closes on the last day of Gay Pride to host the official parade.