The most famous places here are mineral springs, ski resorts, golf courses, palm trees swaying by the road and shopping shops and restaurants on Palm Canyon Dr. The most distinctive tourist attraction here is the Palm Springs Rotating Cable Car, one of the most spectacular high-altitude cable cars in the world, comparable to the high-altitude cable cars in the Alps. The cable car takes you from the Tramway Rd. at the foot of the San Jacinto mountain to the 2.5-mile mountain. Visitors can go hiking in the summer and ski in the mountains in winter.
This has also attracted a lot of people to live here, a new generation of Hollywood first-line stars have succumbed to the temptation of the desert and the relaxed privacy it provides. The Palm Springs International Film Festival, held every January, was founded by the then mayor, Sonny Bono, and attracted Clint Eastwood, John Travolta, Ron Howard, and Halle Barry. Leonard DiCaprio (has permanent residence here), Anne Hathaway and other celebrities, Dakota Fanning and more.