The word is out. Former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle have arrived in Palm Springs following a busy day of festivities surrounding the Donald trump inaguration. The Obamas plan to spend some time in the Coachella Valley for a little rest and relaxation after their two term stint in Washington.
Crowds gather in the rain to welcome Obamas to Palm Springs
Celebrity sightings are nothing new for the Coachella Valley. But even considering the who’s who of visitors that attend for events like the Palm Springs International Film Festival and the Coachella concert series, the Obamas rank somewhat higher than your average Hollywood celeb. For proof, check out the small but enthusiastic crowds gathered under tarps and umbrellas in the rain on Friday, January 20, 2017 hoping to catch a wee glimpse of the Obamas as their plane attempted to land in Palm Springs. (Poor weather required them to divert to March Air Reserve Base near Riverside California where a motorcade whisked them back to the Palm Springs area.)
The Obamas have holidayed in Palm Springs before, but the fact they’ve chosen it as the destination where they can shake off the stress and rigors of the White House shows how special they think it is.
What should Obama, Michelle & their girls do in Palm Springs?
What will the Obama family do while they’re here? That’s probably top secret, but I’d like to suggest some fun things to do and amazing sights the former first family might enjoy.
#1 – So long Air Force One? Fly high on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
The view from Air Force One is obviously amazing, but since air travel aboard a military jet or helicopter is no longer in the offing for Barack and Michelle, the next best thing might be to soar up Mount San Jacinto in the worlds largest rotating tram car and take in the stunning views of the Coachella Valley.
While at the top they can enjoy a coffee (or perhaps a stiffer drink will be required). If Barack and Michelle want to make it a date night, they can dine in Peaks restaurant with sweeping views of the mountains, and the desert valley below.
#2 – Relax with a round of desert golf
Mr. Obama has enjoyed many a round of golf over the years. He even managed to squeeze in a few hundred rounds during his time as president (333 according to Golf Channel!). No surprise then he would want to enjoy some of the many fine courses in Palm Springs.
While he has access to some of the finest private clubs in the world thanks to rich and powerful friends, he would do well to check out some of the beautiful public courses in Palm Springs as well. We’ve written about some of those clubs before, so click here, Mr Obama, for a comprehensive listing!
#3 – Contemplate America’s future on a desert hike
If the Obamas wish to look back on their eight years in the White House and evaluate how far they’ve come, a great way to get away from it all is with a hike out in the desert. The stark yet serene landscapes are a beautiful distraction from reading all those newspaper headlines.
One of the nicest hikes in Palm Springs is in Indian Canyons, just a short trip from the center of town.
Indian Canyons’ soaring rock faces, cliffs and sporadic water provide wonderfully unexpected vistas. The Obamas can sit among the palm groves, listen to the water trickle by, and plot out their next phase of life.
Why should a president choose Palm Springs?
So why did the Obamas choose Palm Springs? The weather is warm, the scenery is lush, and the people are some of the nicest you’ll meet. There are chic hotels, fabulous restaurants and casual places to grab a drink. Of course you can also sit quietly by a pool with a cool drink, or chill out at one of the desert’s fine spas too.
Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley are clearly a great choice for a vacation. Whether you’re an ordinary citizen, or a former president, you’re bound to enjoy your time here. And let’s be honest, if Palm Springs is the top choice for a recently retired-from-office president, you know it would be a great choice for you too!