YOUR GUIDE TO PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA
PALM SPRINGS FUN FACTS
- It’s home to the world’s largest rotating tram car—the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Ride to Mt. San Jacinto State Park, where you can eat, shop, or explore miles of trails.
- Beloved by architecture aficionados, this mid-century modern paradise hosts Modernism Week twice a year.
- Palms Springs is LGBTQ-friendly and is home to a diverse and welcoming community.
A playground to the rich and famous at the western edge of Coachella Valley, this desert oasis overflows in style and personality. Home to Desert Modernism and a diverse culture, Palm Springs offers luxurious fun in a gorgeous natural setting.
Nestled at the base of the San Jacinto mountains, at the edge of Coachella Valley, is gorgeous Palm Springs. Home to the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians for centuries, the area we now call Palm Springs became popular for its dry mountain air and the lure of healing hot springs. Hollywood greats like Frank Sinatra, Walt Disney, Dean Martin, and Marilyn Monroe called Palm Springs home.
When to Visit Palm Springs
Palm Springs is wonderful all year long, but the Winter months are the most popular. With over 350 days of sunshine per year, it's easy to see why!
TOP THINGS TO DO IN PALM SPRINGS
- Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is an unusual way to take in the views and easily explore Mt. San Jacinto State Park.
- The Spa at Sec-he is located in downtown Palm Springs and operated and cared for by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. The mineral springs here are unique and begin in a chamber 8,000 feet below the surface before traveling 1.5 miles up a natural pipeline to the desert floor.
- Architecture, architecture, architecture! Meet the design-obsessed during Modernism Week (held twice per year). Learn about the birth of Desert Modernism, tour famous and beloved Palm Springs homes, and have fun at after-hours events and gatherings.
Enjoy Scenic Drives in Palm Springs
- Palms to Pines Scenic Byway skirts the San Jacinto National Monument and offers tremendous views of Coachella Valley, views of Lake Hemet, and small desert towns. This route is popular with motorcyclists.
Palm Springs Restaurants
- Don’t judge local-favorite Paul Bar by its location. Tucked into a forgettable strip mall is a neighborhood bar with a 1940s vibe and a line stretching out the door.
- “Queens. Mimosas. Drag.” Need we say more? The Palm Springs Drag Brunch at The Saguaro Hotel is an iconic Palm Springs experience. All-inclusive tickets include a range of bottomless drink packages too!
Where to Shop in Palm Springs
- The Street Fair at College of the Desert is the open-air market of your dreams. Open weekends from October through May (and for special Summer events), this street fair is in its 39th year! Shoppers will find everything from hand-painted bags to jewelry to patio furniture.
- It might sound a bit odd, but the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm is an incredible sight to behold. And the wind farm makes an incredible background for photos!
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN PALM SPRINGS
Natural Retreats offers a variety of incredible Palm Springs homes. From the storied history of Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms Estate to the posh pink panache of Mesa Bungalows—there is something fabulous for everyone.
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