San Diego & Greater Palm Springs

The year-round sunshine tempered by the breezes from the Pacific Ocean are San Diego’s main enticements, providing ideal conditions for complete relaxation and a true antidote to the razzle-dazzle of Los Angeles, just two hours away. The golden sands and peaceful waters of Mission Bay are the perfect base from which to explore this Spanish-influenced region, where San Diego’s famed zoo, the world-famous water shows and marine life of SeaWorld and the delightful resort of La Jolla are a highlight. For a taste of Mexico, a one-hour drive south just across the border will take you to Puerto Nuevo, known as the “Lobster Capital of the Baja” and a further hour beyond, the wine country of Valle de Guadalupe.

About a two-hour drive to the east of Los Angeles and set in a tea-cup shaped valley, Greater Palm Springs is completely surrounded by mountains that rise to nearly 11,000 feet. In between the towering peaks are miles of lush hiking trails, interesting rock formations and lovely waterfalls that nature lovers adore. A stay in Greater Palm Springs offers the visitor a diversity of experiences, from the fashionable shops, restaurants and galleries of downtown’s Palm Canyon Drive to a close-up view of one of the most menacing geological forces in North America, the San Andreas fault.

Western Treasures

Multi-Centre Fly-Drive Experience

Pacific Coast Music Trail

Multi-Centre Fly-Drive Experience

San Diego & Greater Palm Springs Highlights

SeaWorld® and Aquatica®, San Diego
Don’t miss Electric Eel, a multi-launch coaster which is the tallest and fastest at SeaWorld San Diego. Visit Ocean Explorer™, where you’ll discover how to protect the ocean through a combination of exciting new family-friendly rides and interactive attractions. Feel the thrill of Tidal Twister, a unique duelling rollercoaster ride featuring high-speed turns and upside-down twists, coming 2019. Splash into fun at Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark, where the South Seas meets Southern California in this whimsical, tropical oasis. Catch waves from serene to extreme, be amazed by up-close animal experiences, relax on the white sandy beach and find attractions for the whole family.
The “ups and downs” of Greater Palm Springs
You can see it all when you set foot aboard the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, a rotating gondola rising 8,500 feet across two and a half miles of amazing views on its way up and down. You may have left warm temperatures below but don’t be surprised if there’s snow on the ground at the top! Back at ground level in the city of Palm Springs, the Backstreet Art district is worth seeking out on South Cherokee Way. A community of a dozen or so acclaimed artists have opened up shop and offer an opportunity to spend time milling and perhaps buying unique artwork.
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