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Palm Springs, CA
Travel Guide

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.

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Where to stay in Palm Springs

Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs
Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs
4 out of 5
1600 N Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA
The price is $129 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in the heart of Palm Springs, this spa resort is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from San Jacinto Mountains and 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Palm Springs Convention Center. ...
3.9/5Good! (123 reviews)
"The spa was WAY over priced and the main pool and gym were closed. The food and staff were very good and the room was comfortable and clean"

Reviewed on May 6, 2021

Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs
La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
4.5 out of 5
49499 Eisenhower Drive, La Quinta, CA
The price is $238 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 1
This family-friendly La Quinta resort is located in the mountains, within 1 mi (2 km) of Bear Creek Trail and San Jacinto Mountains. Old Town La Quinta and One-Eleven ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (968 reviews)
"Beautiful location. Rooms are old and require upgrades. old carpet and broken tiles in the bathroom. I like the old charm."

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa
Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
44 - 600 Indian Wells Ln, Indian Wells, CA
The price is $279 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 2
This family-friendly Indian Wells resort is located in the suburbs, 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Indian Wells Tennis Garden, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Living Desert ...
4.3/5Excellent! (956 reviews)
"Water slide and lazy river was cool"

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa
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.
The Oasis Resort
The Oasis Resort
3 out of 5
4190 E Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA
The price is $119 per night from May 16 to May 16
Situated near the airport, this condo building is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Rimrock Shopping Center and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from San Jacinto Mountains. Canyon Plaza Shopping ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (564 reviews)
"We loved the grounds! The fountains were beautiful and the front desk staff was very friendly."

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

The Oasis Resort
Indian Palms Vacation Club
Indian Palms Vacation Club
2.5 out of 5
48630 Monroe Street, 77 Abbot Street, Indio, CA
The price is $99 per night from May 13 to May 13
Situated in Indio, this golf condo building is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Indian Palms Country Club and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Empire Polo Club. John F. Kennedy Memorial ...
3.9/5Very Good! (334 reviews)
"Very nice town house. Good environment. Location is not easy to find especially at night. But the safe guard will help you."

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2021

Indian Palms Vacation Club
Re-connect With Nature at "the Boho-bungalow" in Palm Springs
Re-connect With Nature at "the Boho-bungalow" in Palm Springs
Palm Springs, CA
Located in Desert Park Estates, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Desert Highland Park, Palm Springs Convention Center, and San Jacinto Mountains. ...
5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Fabulous backyard
"Great Property"

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2021

Re-connect With Nature at "the Boho-bungalow" in Palm Springs
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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