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Palm Springs is a resort city in the desert region of Southern California.

It became a destination during the 1950s and 1960s when Hollywood movie stars flocked there for nearby relaxation and vacations.

Nowadays, the entire Palm Springs metro area is growing and offers entertainment for all ages, although the most common demographics still consists of retirees. Palm Springs offers indoor and outdoor activities. Known for its hiking, mid-century modern architecture, natural beauty, and sparkling pools, Palm Springs has the perfect blend of outdoor activities and casual relaxation. Rain is rare, so the weather is often very dry. Palm Springs has a high percentage of gay residents and is a favorite for gay travellers, and also naturist communities.

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  1. The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians opened the first commercial card casino in the United States established on an Indian reservation in 1980.
  2. Greater Palm Springs is the home of more than 115 golf courses, which is why many refer to it as “the Golf Capital of the World.”
  3. Notorious gangster Al Capone is believed to have hid out in an elegantly furnished bullet proof stone house in the hills of Desert Hot Springs.
  4. About 75% of the homes built in Palm Springs have private pools.
  5. Palm Springs is world famous for having the biggest concentration of mid-century modern architecture in the United States.

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