Known for Live Music, Dancing and Golf
Bob Hope, Dinah Shore, Frank Sinatra and others are perennially remembered in Palm Springs with streets bearing their names. Soon after World War II the city offered a luxurious getaway for an interesting mix of Hollywood celebrities and top politicians. Enjoy your own vacation getaway at today’s Palm Springs with golf and poolside relaxation at lavish resorts.
In one of the world’s most concentrated golf locations, select from more than 120 courses in and around Palm Springs. Get early morning tee times to beat the heat. Then gather floats or frosty drinks to cool off at the pool at your accommodations.
The area experiences very warm and dry conditions, making multiple daily trips to resort swimming pools common for visitors. For another cooling experience, ride on the rotating Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to enjoy views over the valley, noting green areas of civilization amid the brown rocky topography. At the 8,516-foot (2,596-meter) summit, have lunch or hike on the 50 miles (80 kilometers) of trails through Mt. San Jacinto State Park. Temperatures here are much cooler than in the valley.
Hike or climb winding roads into the San Jacinto Mountains to look down at the oases of the city and see snow-capped mountains in the distance. The Indian Canyons feature additional vegetation varieties and artifacts from early Cahuilla people.
Come to Palm Springs in April for food, art and a range of musical acts at the Coachella festival in nearby Indio. Drive into Joshua Tree National Park to see the unusual spiky trees and nearly 750 other plant varieties growing in the Mojave Desert and Colorado Desert.
Drive about 2 hours east from Los Angeles International Airport to reach Palm Springs or fly to the city’s small international airport. Stop at the Palm Springs Air Museum next to the airport to see numerous aircraft from World War II and beyond. Several miles west, the Palm Springs Art Museum features modern and contemporary artworks including Chihuly glass.
As the day fades to night, off-road your way through the desert terrain beyond Palm Desert to reach a pristine nature reserve. Learn about the rugged landscape and the geological forces at work beneath the San Andreas Fault, and stick around after sunset to stargaze far away from the city lights.
From soaring peaks to bustling shops, explore the best of Palm Springs and spend the afternoon browsing the incredible deals at Desert Hills Premium Outlets on this fun-filled excursion. Along the way, make a stop at an intriguing zoo and keep your eyes peeled for the homes of famous celebrities.
Tahquitz Canyon is a short and family-friendly 1.7 mile loop with a waterfall at the corner of the loop. Markers for learning about the area's native history dot the desert hiking trail. If you go in the early morning, you'll have the benefit of shade both ways!
The Marcuse Sculpture Garden is a tranquil place to take a reflective stroll with an espresso from the Muse Cafe. If you’re fascinated by Palm Springs’ mid-century vibe, you’ll love the architectural collection; don’t miss the drawings of Gehry and Libeskind.
This a breathtaking ride with great views of the mountains, and the trams rotate to provide constantly changing vistas, so make sure you have your camera ready! If you’re visiting during high season, book your tickets online in advance, as the lines can grow quite long.
Downtown is the best place to bag some vintage clothes and retro furnishings that scream California cool. Pop into the thrift stores, antique shops and boutiques, then stroll to N. Palm Canyon Drive to grab a bacon-infused Bloody Mary from Jake’s, or a pizza from Birba.