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Palm Springs
Travel Guide

Palm Springs

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.

Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs
Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs
4 out of 5
1600 N Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA
The price is CA $190 per night from Apr 28 to Apr 29
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. ...
3.8/5Good! (85 reviews)
"Over all nice experience, however food and drinks at pool area wasn’t good."

Reviewed on Apr. 20, 2021

Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs
Indian Wells Resort Hotel
Indian Wells Resort Hotel
3.5 out of 5
76-661 Highway 111, Indian Wells, CA
The price is CA $69 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
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 ...
3.8/5Good! (2,696 reviews)
"Food and food preparation was fantastic. We sampled both in room and dinning room food. All dishes were very well prepared and delicious. I would recommend Indian Wells Resort Hotel very highly"

Reviewed on Apr. 20, 2021

Indian Wells Resort Hotel
Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
41-000 Bob Hope Dr., Rancho Mirage, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $303 per night from May 9 to May 10
Set in Rancho Mirage, this family-friendly resort is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from McCallum Theatre.
4.3/5Excellent! (1,122 reviews)
"It’s a beautiful property! Kids loved the pool. It was clean and peaceful!"

Reviewed on Apr. 19, 2021

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
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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
The price is CA $145 per night from May 2 to May 3
This family-friendly Palm Springs aparthotel is located in Canyon Corridor, within 2 mi (3 km) of San Jacinto Mountains and Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium. ...
3.8/5Good! (2,266 reviews)
"I thought the pool was nice and the room was clean and spacious. But we did not like that the check out was 10:30 sharp. It's a little ridiculous that you have to be out so quick. Especially if you have kids."

Reviewed on Apr. 20, 2021

Palm Canyon Resort by Diamond Resorts
The Westin Desert Willow Villas, Palm Desert
The Westin Desert Willow Villas, Palm Desert
4 out of 5
75 Willow Ridge, Palm Desert, CA
The price is CA $179 per night from Apr 28 to Apr 29
This family-friendly Palm Desert condo resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Desert Willow Golf Resort and Hovley Soccer Park. San Jacinto Mountains is 2.7 mi (4.4 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,847 reviews)
"Very impressed. Super kid friendly. Lots of activities and amenities to choose from."

Reviewed on Apr. 21, 2021

The Westin Desert Willow Villas, Palm Desert
The Oasis Resort
The Oasis Resort
3 out of 5
4190 E Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA
The price is CA $148 per night from May 10 to May 11
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! (555 reviews)
"Pools were great. Stay was great. Clean, lots to do. All our needs were met. We’d stay here again"

Reviewed on Apr. 19, 2021

The Oasis Resort
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Reviews of Palm Springs

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Brenda

May 28, 2020

Very nice first time there we will come back again

5/5 - Excellent

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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

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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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