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Palm SpringsUnited States of America

Welcome to California’s oasis of style, with an arid mountain backdrop, rows of towering palms and sleek 1950s architecture.

Palm Springs is a resort city set in Coachella Valley, just a 90-minute drive from Los Angeles. Here you can spend the day on a golf course, go biking or horseback riding in the mountains or, in winter, hit the ski slopes near Big Bear Lake. In the afternoon, try bowling or browse the galleries and boutiques. When the sun sets, mingle with locals at Palm Canyon Drive’s cocktail bars, clubs and restaurants.

The Palm Springs story begins with the local Native American Indians, the Cahuilla people, who lived on the desert floor during the winter and retreated to the cooler mountain canyons each summer. Learn about the history and contemporary lives of the Cahuilla at the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum.

Explore more of the city’s history at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Palm Springs was first settled by Europeans in the mid-19th century. It developed into a fashionable health retreat, but it wasn’t until Sinatra, Liberace and Elvis built their palatial homes here that Palm Springs started to grow. Throughout the 1950s and ’60s the city became the epicenter of modernist style. Each year, design lovers from all over the world descend on Palm Springs for the architectural tours, films and symposiums at Modernism Week.

Palm Springs is also blessed with some of the USA’s most dramatic natural scenery. Ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to San Jacinto Peak and marvel at the vast areas of forestland and mountain ranges stretching north towards Las Vegas and south to the Salton Sea.

Follow the trails of Indian Canyon and look for rare birds, Peninsular bighorn sheep and black bear. If your time is limited, spend an hour in the Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium, which brings the desert flora to the city.

At the end of the day, relax at the bar of a retro hotel and toast Palm Springs’ perfect blend of nature and style.

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 CA $74 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! (2,752 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel with lots of history from the original building. Check in was quick and the staff friendly and accommodating. Following Covid precautions so room was very clean and sanitized. Breakfast was delicious. Will definitely stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 2, 2020

Indian Wells Resort Hotel
Courtyard by Marriott Palm Desert
Courtyard by Marriott Palm Desert
3 out of 5
74895 Frank Sinatra Dr, Palm Desert, CA
The price is CA $119 per night

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

4.3/5Excellent! (967 reviews)

"The front desk was very accesible and very polite!"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 1, 2020

Courtyard by Marriott Palm Desert
Aqua Soleil Hotel & Mineral Water Spa
Aqua Soleil Hotel & Mineral Water Spa
3 out of 5
14500 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs, CA
The price is CA $99 per night

Situated in Desert Hot Springs, this spa hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Desert Hot Springs Town Center and within 3 miles (5 km) of Cabot's Pueblo Museum and ...

4/5Very Good! (1,209 reviews)

"Front desk personnel were Accommodating and friendly. The room was newly updated and clean. The pool was small but also adequate. From the outside the hotel looks dumpy, but we enjoyed our stay"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 4, 2020

Aqua Soleil Hotel & Mineral Water Spa

Popular places to visit in Palm Springs

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

4.5/5(165 reviews)

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

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
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Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

4.5/5(165 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(119 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. 

Top things to do in Palm Springs

Joshua Tree National Park Van Tour
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Joshua Tree National Park Van Tour

CA $230
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Earthquake Canyon Bicycle Tour
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Earthquake Canyon Bicycle Tour

CA $156
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Private Session with a Local Photographer in Palm Springs
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Private Session with a Local Photographer in Palm Springs

CA $340
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Palm Springs

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 54.5662100456621%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 37.89954337899543%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 6.8493150684931505%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.684931506849315%
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5/5 - Excellent

Brenda

May 28, 2020

Very nice first time there we will come back again

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 22, 2020

Palm Springs is a lovely, safe and fun get away. I’ve visited 7x and intend to come back annually.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 11, 2020

Loved Palm Springs - was pleasantly surprised by the restaurants and retail stores. The weather was PERFECT!

5/5 - Excellent

Pamela

Mar 7, 2020

Palm Springs is alive with restaurants, shopping, and more places to visit than you could fit into one trip. The residents are helpful and tourist-savvy . And the weather is amazing.

5/5 - Excellent

Lara

Mar 3, 2020

Palm Springs is a lovely city with friendly people. There are lots of things to do such as dining at great restaurants, galleries, museums, outdoor activities such ad hiking and cycling. Its a very good vacation spot and is relaxing and quiet.

5/5 - Excellent

S

Mar 1, 2020

Be sure to go the desert San Jacinto National Monuments. There are volunteer run tours that will teach you about the area so that you understand it better before going to Joshua Tree and places like Sunnylands (both places we enjoyed)

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