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DESERT STARS: GMC VISITS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

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With 300 days of sun annually, the striking backdrop of the San Jacinto Mountains and a treasure trove of mid-century architecture, Palm Springs is a popular destination where the crystal blue of the sky competes with the plentiful swimming pools. The dramatic geography of the California desert inspires sleek designs, the use of glass and indoor/outdoor spaces.

The walkable town offers plenty of shopping as well as destination restaurants and world-class golfing. When you are ready to relax, there’s no shortage of premium places to stay, whether it’s a quiet spa retreat, retro-boutique hotel or multi-pool resort.

WHERE TO STAY

The stylishly offbeat Parker Palm Springs resort offers 13 garden acres with three pools (one for families), poolside bar, fire pit, tennis courts, croquet lawn and luxury retro-hip suites. In the lobby, chandeliers merge with Moroccan-inspired antiques. On-site, Norma’s restaurant offers upscale diner fare, including breakfast all day.

At seven stories, The Rowan is a contemporary anchor for the downtown. They have the only rooftop pool in town, a luxurious hangout with mountain views and poolside food and drink service. The elegant design aligns with mid-century style despite its multiple stories. The hotel’s 153 rooms and suites offer amenities including open spa-style showers, complete with premium bath products and robes.

For a romantic weekend, consider a private villa with a secluded patio, fire pit and claw-foot tub. La Serena Villas offers 18 guest villas set on an acre of landscaped grounds within walking distance of downtown shops and restaurants. Originally built in 1933, the property was redeveloped as a luxury hotel in 2017. The on-site restaurant Azúcar is a destination even for non-hotel guests, offering poolside dining and a contemporary California menu (think fish tacos and salmon with goat cheese risotto).

SHOPPING AND DINING

The sleek Uptown Design District encapsulates Palm Springs’ reputation for mid-century modern style. By day it's an inviting mix of brunch locations and the highest concentration of mid-mod shopping in Palm Springs. By night, fashionable restaurants and gathering places maintain the sophisticated vibe.

Brave the sidewalk line and start your day at Cheeky’s for one of the most popular brunches in town. The sunny locale with a patio offers a seasonal, locally sourced menu that changes weekly plus classics like Blondie’s eggs Benedict with bacon, arugula and a cheddar scone; Cheeky’s BLT with jalapeno bacon and pesto fries; signature house-made cinnamon rolls; and a bacon flight. Its array of breakfast drinks includes fresh-pressed green juice and white peach mimosas. Stroll North Palm Canyon Drive between Vista Chino and Alejo to find vintage and new-retro home furnishings, art, gifts, clothing and fashion accessories.

Reservations are recommended for dinner at Sandfish. Chef-owner Engin Onural has drawn from around the globe to create a popular spot with Japanese sushi and seafood uniquely paired with drinks. The menu is served against a stylish Scandinavian interior creating a standout experience.

Head south to the El Paseo Shopping District for the shopping and dining oasis considered to be the Rodeo Drive of the Palm Springs region. The walkable, outdoor six-block area features luxury shopping set against landscaped desert gardens and mountain views. High-end brands and staples mingle with designer boutiques and restaurants to create a destination.

TEE TIME

Palm Springs, and the surrounding Coachella Valley, is a golfing mecca boasting more than 100 courses. They vary widely for a range of skill levels, from basic courses for knocking around to luxury resort settings and courses you’ve seen the pros playing. The mountains, palm trees, native landscaping and waterscapes create a dramatic backdrop.

HIKES, DRIVES, RIDES

Known for its surreal rock formations cooked up through millions of years of continental collisions, Joshua Tree National Park is less than an hour from Palm Springs via Highway 62. The namesake Joshua trees, with their jagged silhouettes, run rampant among piles of granite boulders. Hiking, rock climbing, scenic drives and biking are all popular activities here.

You will gain more than 1,000 feet in elevation in 1.5 miles on the popular ascent to the summit of Ryan Mountain. Hikers are rewarded with panoramic views from the 5,457-foot wind-scoured vantage point. One of the most popular hikes in the park, it’s short on solitude but long on vistas.

The family-friendly Split Rock Loop Trail starts from a small picnic area and winds for two miles through boulders and desert flora. Yucca, paddle cactus and mesquite are interspersed with the boulders lining your pathway.

Drives include paved routes that take you past the park highlights, gentle dirt roads that immerse you in the landscape and four-wheel-drive roads — perfect for Sierra AT4 — that delve into remote territory. They provide opportunities for car as well as bicycle tours. Paved Park Boulevard, the main park loop, offers a scenic-road bike circuit. Dirt roads in the Queen and Pleasant Valleys make good mountain biking destinations.

Park Boulevard takes you through the park’s most spectacular scenery in a 25-mile loop beginning from the West Entrance in Joshua Tree and ending at the North Entrance in Twentynine Palms.

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  • The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. See your GMC dealer for details. Click here to see all GMC destination freight charges.

  • Requires 4WD Double Cab with available 6.2L V8 and Max Trailering Package. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Requires properly equipped 3500 Regular Cab DRW Long Box 2WD model with available 6.6L Duramax Turbo Diesel engine and gooseneck hitch. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Seating for 9 requires SLE with front bench seat.

  • Requires available Duramax Diesel engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the Trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Requires 2WD Denali Short Box model with 5.3L V-8 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Requires properly equipped 3500 Crew Cab DRW Long Box 4WD model with available 6.6L Duramax Turbo Diesel engine and fifth wheel or gooseneck hitch. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Savana Passenger's 9,600-lb rating requires a 2500 or 3500 Regular wheelbase model with available 6.0L V8 engine and trailering equipment package. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Savana Cargo’s 10,000-lb rating requires  the available 6.0L V8 engine and trailering equipment package.  Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual.  The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Savana Cutaway’s 8,940-lb rating requires a 4500 Series 159" Wheelbase model with available 6.0L V8 engine. These maximum payload ratings are intended for comparison purposes only. Before you buy a vehicle or use it to haul people or cargo, carefully review the vehicle loading section of the Owner’s Manual and check the carrying capacity of your specific vehicle on the label on the inside of the driver’s door jamb.

  • Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR). When properly equipped; includes weight of vehicle and trailer combination, including the weight of driver, passengers, fuel, optional equipment and cargo in the vehicle and trailer.

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  • Sierra Denali's 9,300-lb rating requires 2wd. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Savana Passenger's 10,000-lb rating requires 2500 Wheel Base with 6.0L V8 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Savana Cargo's 10,000-lb rating requires 6.0L V8 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • These maximum payload ratings are intended for comparison purposes only. Before you buy a vehicle or use it to haul people or cargo, carefully review the vehicle loading section of the Owner’s Manual and check the carrying capacity of your specific vehicle on the label on the inside of the driver’s door jamb.

  • Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR). When properly equipped, includes weight of vehicle, passengers, cargo and equipment.

  • Requires 2WD Crew Cab DRW equipped with 6.6L Duramax Diesel and fifth-wheel or gooseneck hitch. Trailer weight ratings are calculated assuming properly equipped vehicle, plus driver and one passenger. The weight of other optional equipment, passengers and cargo will reduce the trailer weight your vehicle can tow. See dealer for details.

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  • Requires properly equipped 3500 Regular Cab DRW Long Box 2WD model with available 6.6L Duramax Turbo Diesel engine and gooseneck hitch. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. See your GMC dealer for details. Click here to see all GMC destination freight charges. Bed/Roof-Mounted Bicycle Carriers shown. Requires crossbars or Thule Rack Solution. Non-GM warranty. Warranty by Thule®. See dealer for more information.

  • These maximum payload ratings are intended for comparison purposes only. Before you buy a vehicle or use it to haul people or cargo, carefully review the vehicle loading section of the Owner’s Manual and check the carrying capacity of your specific vehicle on the label on the inside of the driver’s door jamb.

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  • Requires available 3.6L V6 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Yukon’s 8,500-lb rating requires short wheelbase 2wd with 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine and HD Trailering Package. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Requires 2WD Denali Short Box model with 5.3L V-8 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Savana Cutaway’s 9,006-lb rating requires a 4500 Series 159" Wheelbase model with available 6.0L V8 engine. These maximum payload ratings are intended for comparison purposes only. Before you buy a vehicle or use it to haul people or cargo, carefully review the vehicle loading section of the Owner’s Manual and check the carrying capacity of your specific vehicle on the label on the inside of the driver’s door jamb.

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