Palm SpringsUnited States of America

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

Palm Springs Art Museum which includes interior views and art

Downtown Palm Springs

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,565 area reviews)

A noteworthy feature of Downtown Palm Springs is its popular shops. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Palm Springs Art Museum and San Jacinto Mountains.

Downtown Palm Springs
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Uptown Design District

4.5/5Wonderful!(421 area reviews)

Uptown Design District is popular for its abundant dining options, and you can check out San Jacinto Mountains, a top attraction in the neighborhood.

Uptown Design District
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La Quinta Cove

4/5Very Good!(2 area reviews)

While visiting La Quinta Cove, you might make a stop by sights like San Jacinto Mountains and Old Town La Quinta.

La Quinta Cove
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Tahquitz River Estates

4/5Very Good!(183 area reviews)

Though Tahquitz River Estates might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Palm Springs Art Museum and Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium.

Tahquitz River Estates
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Warm Sands

4/5Very Good!(109 area reviews)

Warm Sands might not have many top sights, but Palm Springs Art Museum and Baristo Park are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

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Magnesia Falls Cove

4.5/5Wonderful!(82 area reviews)

While Magnesia Falls Cove might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Rancho Las Palmas Country Club and The River at Rancho Mirage.

Magnesia Falls Cove

Top Hotels in Palm Springs

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Indian Wells Resort Hotel
Indian Wells Resort Hotel
3.5 out of 5
76-661 Highway 111, Indian Wells, CA
The price is $55 per night

Situated in Indian Wells, this golf resort is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from San Jacinto Mountains and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Living Desert Zoo ...

3.7/5Good! (2,772 reviews)

"Very beautiful resort with great ameneties especially the pool. There is opportunity on having the rooms on the first floor remodeled, or at least change the rugs as they are very dirty."…"

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2020

Indian Wells Resort Hotel
Hilton Palm Springs Resort
Hilton Palm Springs Resort
4 out of 5
400 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA
The price is $106 per night

Located in Downtown Palm Springs, this spa resort is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza Theatre and San Jacinto Mountains. Palm Springs Convention Center and Palm ...

4.2/5Very Good! (982 reviews)

"Excellent customer service, clean and comfortable accommodations in a great location. Would definitely stay there again!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2020

Hilton Palm Springs Resort
Courtyard by Marriott Palm Desert
Courtyard by Marriott Palm Desert
3 out of 5
74895 Frank Sinatra Dr, Palm Desert, CA
The price is $99 per night

Situated in Palm Desert, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of The Gardens on El Paseo, The River at Rancho Mirage, and Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Indian ...

4.3/5Excellent! (978 reviews)

"Well kept and affordable. Nice area and nice local stores."…"

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2020

Courtyard by Marriott Palm Desert

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.

Popular places to visit in Palm Springs

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

4.5/5(1,006 reviews)

Glide over cliffs, wildlife and several vegetation zones as this glass-enclosed ride carries you up dramatic mountainsides.

Palm Springs Convention Center
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Palm Springs Convention Center

4/5(299 reviews)

Find out what's happening at Palm Springs Convention Center during your trip—a top convention center in Palm Springs. Discover the area's spas, or seek out its golf courses.

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
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Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

4.5/5(509 reviews)

Between meeting animals from across the world and exploring nature trails through the Sonoran Desert, expect an exotic experience in southern California. 

Indian Canyon
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Indian Canyon

4.5/5(443 reviews)

Hike in the footsteps of the Agua Caliente band of Cahuilla Indians on ancient walking trails through cool, palm-dotted canyons and timeless rock formations. 

Palm Springs Air Museum
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Palm Springs Air Museum

4.5/5(410 reviews)

Imagine taking to the skies at one of the largest collections of World War II aircraft in the world. 

Palm Springs Art Museum
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Palm Springs Art Museum

4.5/5(356 reviews)

The story of the West and famous faces from the past all come alive at this Palm Springs institution.  

Top things to do in Palm Springs

Joshua Tree Hummer Adventure
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Joshua Tree Hummer Adventure

$189
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
The Legends & Icons Tour
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The Legends & Icons Tour

$99
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Joshua Tree National Park Jeep Tour
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Joshua Tree National Park Jeep Tour

$169
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Joshua Tree National Park Van Tour
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Joshua Tree National Park Van Tour

$169
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Palm Springs Indian Canyons Bike and Hike
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Palm Springs Indian Canyons Bike and Hike

$105
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Electric bike tour through La Quinta and neighboring cities
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Electric bike tour through La Quinta and neighboring cities

$129
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Palm Springs

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
1741
5 - Excellent 58.30542531815137%
4 - Good
1019
4 - Good 34.125920964501006%
3 - Okay
184
3 - Okay 6.162089752176825%
2 - Disappointing
25
2 - Disappointing 0.8372404554588078%
1 - Terrible
17
1 - Terrible 0.5693235097119893%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 4, 2020

Palm Springs has a fun vibe and there is lots of dining and shopping.

5/5 - Excellent

Rick

May 25, 2020

my favorite coty quiet and relaxing

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 22, 2020

I have stayed in many places in Palm Springs over the years and it is a lovely place to live and visit

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 29, 2020

Liked it so much I bought a home in the area.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 27, 2020

Despite this trip was during the corona virus and everything was closing we managed to experience a nice stay by relaxing, driving around and looking at the mid-century architect, and visiting Joshua Tree National Park. We'll be back next year.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 25, 2020

Because of the virus it was shut down during our visit so many places closed . I’ve been coming here each winter 37 years. It’s easy to get around , friendly small businesses.

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