Palm Springs, CA

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Palm Springs showing a sunset

Once a swinging spot for Hollywood’s celebrities, today this Southern California city welcomes vacationers from across the country to enjoy its warm weather.

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.

Where to stay in Palm Springs

The Saguaro Palm Springs
The Saguaro Palm Springs
4 out of 5
1800 E Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA, 92264
The price is $93 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 3
Stay at this 4-star spa resort in Palm Springs. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 spa tubs. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in our reviews. ...
3.6/5 Good! (971 reviews)
"Super cute rooms, lobby, pool area, and overall vibe. Lovely staff and amenities and everything was clean."

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

The Saguaro Palm Springs
Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs
Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs
4 out of 5
1600 N Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA, 92262
The price is $148 per night from Jun 14 to Jun 15
Stay at this 4-star spa resort in Palm Springs. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in our ...
4/5 Very Good! (691 reviews)
"Excellent location to stay pool and bar is a A very close to entertainment and restaurants"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs
Palm Canyon Resort by Diamond Resorts
Palm Canyon Resort by Diamond Resorts
2.5 out of 5
2800 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA, 92264
The price is $119 per night from May 23 to May 24
Stay at this golf hotel in Palm Springs. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in our reviews. Popular ...
4/5 Very Good! (974 reviews)
"Liked the nice pool area,close to dining and downtown palm springs,liked the garage parking,easy to get to. People were friendly and helpful.room was comfortable Nice view from our patio"

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Palm Canyon Resort by Diamond Resorts
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
7 Springs Inn & Suites
7 Springs Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
950 N Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA, 92262
The price is $73 per night from Jun 19 to Jun 20
Stay at this condo in Palm Springs. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 spa tubs. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (2,681 reviews)
"The staff was friendly. The shower leaked under the shower door a little and it took a long time for the water to get warm. The room was clean, as was the property in general. It was a little noisy at night but not overwhelming!"

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

7 Springs Inn & Suites
Marquis Villas Resort by Diamond Resorts
Marquis Villas Resort by Diamond Resorts
2 out of 5
140 S Calle Encilia, Palm Springs, CA, 92262
The price is $99 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
Stay at this business-friendly condo in Palm Springs. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4/5 Very Good! (2,503 reviews)
"Staff very friendly."

Reviewed on May 20, 2022

Marquis Villas Resort by Diamond Resorts
Sonder The Cole
Sonder The Cole
3.5 out of 5
2323 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA, 92262
The price is $81 per night from Jun 15 to Jun 16
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Palm Springs. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and concierge services. Popular attractions Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (79 reviews)
"Great decor, easy check in, great location, good parking. Loved the pool!"

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2022

Sonder The Cole
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Palm Springs

Palm Springs itself is reasonably compact and easy to get around, with a highly walkable downtown area and a decent public bus system. However, the attractions and activities that most visitors come for are very spaced out, with many being outside the city boundaries. You really do need to rent a car to get around, but fortunately there are plenty of rental companies catering to this need. Visit the Morongo Basin Transportation Authority website.Browse Palm Springs rental cars.

Best time to visit

Since it’s located in the middle of a desert, it's no surprise that Palm Springs gets extremely hot in the summer months. Between June and August, temperatures soar to well over 100 F (37 C). Visit between November and March instead and you will have pleasant, sunny weather in the 70s F and 80s F (20s C) during the day. This will let you make the most of the many outdoor activities available.

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