The history of Greater Palm Springs dates back 2,000 years when the area’s earliest settlers, the Agua Caliente, made their home here. The first non-natives came to the area in 1774 when Juan Bautista de Anza guided an expedition through the region. By 1886, visitors had found their way to the region, so much so that the area’s first hotel, the Palm Springs Hotel, was built. By the 1930s, the desert region became a playground for Hollywood’s most elite celebrities. Hollywood legends including Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra and Marlena Dietrich and many more enjoyed the destination or made it home.
Tucked into the foot of the majestic San Jacinto Mountains, the City of Palm Springs exudes a village atmosphere with palm-tree lined streets and wide-open avenues. Visitors can explore boutique shops, art galleries, midcentury modern architecture and alfresco dining set along a stunning desert backdrop. The Palm Springs International Film Festival draws Hollywood A-listers here each January. Click here for the Palm Springs Visitor's Guide.
Traveling to Palm Springs
The Palm Springs International Airport (PSP), with its California-casual, open-air terminal, is located two miles east of Downtown Palm Springs and is served by 10 major airlines that connect to more than 500 cities around the world. PSP’s tranquil environment is just one of the reasons why Palm Springs International Airport was named one of the “Top 10 Most Stress-Free Airports in America Opens a New Window. ” by Smartertravel.com. Cab fare between the Palm Springs International Airport and Downtown Palm Springs costs about $12.
Airfare discount code:
Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for American Society for Cytotechnology.
Please click here [delta.com] to book your flights. You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at 1.800.328.1111* Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code NY332
*Please note there is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via our reservation 800 number.
Other Nearby Airports
ONT: Ontario International Airport (1 hour 15-minute drive)
SNA : John Wayne Airport – Orange County (1 hour 30-minute drive)
LAX: Los Angeles International Airport (2-hour drive)
SAN : San Diego International Airport [2-hour 15-minute drive]
The coolest month is December when the average temperature ranges from 44 to 69 degrees.
The warmest month is August when temperatures range from 78 to 108 degrees.
Things to do
From amazing art and culture to incredible outdoor adventures, you'll find plenty of things to do during your stay. If you prefer rest and relaxation, you can simply chill out in one of our many sparkling pools. Lounge poolside or in one of the area’s VIP cabanas while sipping a designer, chef-crafted cocktail. Or you can tee off at one of the more than 110 local golf courses, swing a tennis racquet on the same tennis courts where legends have played, find your bliss at an area spa, explore the desert on a sightseeing tour, wow the kids with a trip to The Living Desert zoo and garden, or visit museums and boutique shops in Palm Springs.
Learn more about Palm Springs and things to do by visiting the Great Palm Springs CVB website.
Information and photos courtesy of Greater Palm Springs CVB website.
Riviera Palm Springs Hotel
The Riviera Palm Springs is an iconic alluring oasis set in the heart of the Uptown Design District, where local chef-owned restaurants, artists, and eclectic visionaries reside. Originally designed by the visionary architect Irwin Schuman, The Riviera was fashioned after the glamorous hotels of old Las Vegas. Freshly-reinvented, today’s Riviera blends the best of its retro heyday, when celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin once lounged poolside, with the modern amenities today’s traveler craves.
The Riviera promises guests personalized comforts and generous amenities in a fun filled environment. Lounge by the sparkling outdoor pool where Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack once sunbathed or indulge in innovative craft cocktails at Gypsy Rose.
Online Reservations: Click here to book online.
Phone Reservations: Call 866-724-0603.
> ASCT group rate is $160 per night, plus taxes and discounted $10 resort fee. Resort fee includes: self-parking, wifi, business center, bike rentals.
> Room block cut-off date is April 8 or until block fills, whichever occurs first.
1600 N Indian Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Azure Spa & Salon
Offering 11,000 square feet of luxurious and relaxing space, including 18 treatment rooms. Click here to learn more about services and book your appointment. Or call 760-778-6690.
ASCT attendees receive 20% off 50-80 spa services! (excluding Saturday).
Information from the Riviera Palm Springs website.
Photos courtesy of Greater Palm Springs CVB.
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