To save you from our bubbling over with enthusiasm, we'll just say that Palm Springs is beyond awesome, for all ages, for all times of the year (okay maybe not during Coachella or during the 114-degree days of August), and for all vacation price points.
The return flights from Palm Springs to both SFO and JFK leave in the afternoon/early evening so as to maximize poolside time when the sun is at its highest. The gorgeous, tented open-air airport terminal at PSP is a breath of fresh air, both literally and figuratively. Oh, and the concourse into which Virgin America flies? Yeah, it's named for Sonny Bono. Really. There's a bust of him there and everything.
On a good traffic day, Palm Springs is 2.5 hours driving distance from Los Angeles, 3 hours from San Diego and 4.5 hours from Las Vegas. All the awesomeness of PS shouldn't be left to people daytripping in from those cities, however; it's only 1 hour on Virgin America from San Francisco and 5.5 hours on the new NYC route. To tell you the truth, though we've been to Palm Springs before this was the first time we'd flown in. It totally won't be the last time, so long as there's champagne waiting both in the sky and on the ground.
Pilots Lloyd and Bob, along with flight service leader Letifah, prepare for take off
At the gate in Palm Springs
We traveled as a guest of Virgin America for the inaugural, but rest assured that all opinions, photos, and tan lines are completely our own.
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher/Jaunted]