FOCS 2011
October 22-25, 2011

Local Information

Palm Springs is located in the deserts of Southern California, at the foothills of mount San Jacinto, about 100 miles east of Los Angeles. This region has a rich history. Today the city and the surrounding communities have become a popular vacation destination with attractions including a variety of spas, resports, golf courses, sightseeing and outdoors activities. The official Palm Springs website has extensive information on local attractions, transportation, etc.

Weather. Expect warm and sunny weather at daytime and cool nights. In late October, daily maximum temperates in Palm Springs average 80-90F (27-32C), dropping to about 50-60F (10-15C) at night. See the Palm Springs weather page, for more information. It is considerably colder, by about 10F (5C) in the mountains, so if you are planning to take the aerial tram to San Jacinto or other trips, you may want to pack something warm, just in case.

Restaurants. The hotel is within short walking distance to many restaurants. The Palm Springs guide has a list of restaurants that can be searched or browsed. A restaurant guide will be included in the information packet in the conference.

Sightseeing. There are multiple opportunities for short, half-day trips or, if you decide to stay an extra day or two (recommended), whole-day activities or excursions. Below is a partial list, with links to more information.

The hotel provides complementary shuttle service within 5 miles from the hotel, so for some of these destinations you can arrange the transportation with the hotel.

Desert Hot Springs. You can let others do the sightseeing for you and just soak and relax. Nothing's wrong with that.

Golf. Palm Springs is one of the most popular golfing destinations worldwide.

Bike Rentals/Tours. You can rent a bike and/or arrange a guided bicycle tour through the desert.

Casinos. Gambling is not legal in California, except for Indian reservations, of which there are plenty in the Palm Springs area. Popular casino destinations include Fantasy Springs, Spa Resport/Casino, Aqua Caliente, Morongo, and other.

Shopping. Well, yes, we Californians drive to the desert to shop. The most popular destination for shoppers are Cabazon factory outlets, about a 10-15 minute drive from Palm Springs.

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