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All About Palm Springs
Bookended by the San Jacinto Mountains, Palm Springs is known for its natural hot springs, restaurants, golf courses, and sunny weather. Locals and visitors alike embrace the relaxed mentality here, taking time out by the pool or browsing the concept stores downtown. But there’s a lot more to the city, including the Palm Spring Art Museum with three floors of mixed media art. Outdoor enthusiasts head out to the surrounding canyons and mountains for hiking or cross-country skiing in the winter. Food lovers can taste globally-inspired dishes in laid-back diners and upscale modern restaurants.
Visit during Palm Springs Restaurant Week at the beginning of June to try them all, or pick up fresh, seasonal produce at the Coachella Valley Certified Farmers’ Market every Saturday from October to May. The Uptown Design District runs the gamut from art to design, sophistication to kitsch. Sleek, mid-century homes designed by notable architects line the streets — take a guided tour or grab a map at the visitor’s center and head out on your own.
The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Palm Springs
Visit between January and April for the comfortable temperatures needed to enjoy the best of Palm Springs in the open air — hiking, spa treatments, sunbathing beside the pool, and more. Sunshine and cooler days bring a welcome buzz to downtown’s many curbside cafes and stylish bars, while less challenging conditions also make nearby Joshua Tree National Park easier to explore. Many of the area’s most popular festivals take place during the mild winter months, including the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January and Coachella’s famous music festival every April. Palm Springs summers are hot and long, stretching from March to September. Fall’s warm and pleasant temperatures make it a great time to enjoy local outdoor festivals like Props & Hops Craft Beer Festival in November.
Top things to do in Palm Springs
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Take a ride on the largest rotating aerial lift in the world, and climb 8,516 feet along the cliffs of Chino Canyon to the Mountain Station in about 10 minutes. You will be rewarded with spectacular mountain views. Temperatures drop to about 30 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit at the top, respite from the desert heat and the perfect weather for hiking nearby trails.
During the winter months, head out to Indian Canyon for optimal hiking conditions, with temperatures hovering around mid-60 degrees Fahrenheit. This beautiful and culturally rich area is home to native wildlife, plants, rock art, streams, and a 60-foot waterfall. Aside from the sacred beauty found here, you’ll also find multiple hiking trails suitable for most levels throughout the lush canyon.
Venture out to the Movie Colony East neighborhood and visit the incredible light display known as Robolights. The exhibition gets redesigned each year with scavenged and gifted trash items. A wonderland of Christmas lights and sculptures, the four-acre residential plot will take you about 45 minutes to walk. Christmas time is incredibly vibrant, and the artist usually offers open hours for the public to stop by.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is the weather in Palm Springs?
Palm Springs has a desert climate, with over 300 days of sunshine a year. The summer months, from June to September, can reach over 100°F (38°C), while the winter months, from December to February, usually have mild temperatures of around 70°F (21°C).
What are some of the best things to do in Palm Springs?
Visitors to Palm Springs often explore its rich history at Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway or take a rotating tram car ride to Mount San Jacinto State Park. Palm Springs Art Museum and VillageFest, a weekly art and craft street fair, are also popular activities.
What is the best time of year to visit Palm Springs?
The most popular time to visit Palm Springs is from January to April when temperatures range from 70°F (21°C) to 90°F (32°C). During this period, events like the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January, and the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April, often draw large crowds.
What are the best places to stay in Palm Springs?
Downtown Palm Springs, with its lively dining and shopping scene, is a popular area to stay. Palm Desert, known for its golf courses and art galleries, and the upscale Rancho Mirage with its spa resorts, are also frequently suggested.
What are the best places to visit in Palm Springs?
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, Joshua Tree National Park, and the Sunnylands Estate are frequently suggested places to visit. The mid-century modern architecture, the Moorten Botanical Garden, and the Palm Springs Walk of Stars also attract many tourists.
What are some hiking trails in Palm Springs?
Trails such as the Andreas Canyon Trail and the Indian Canyons Trails in Palm Springs are often recommended for their captivating views and varied difficulty levels. The Cactus to Clouds Trail and Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Hike are also popular among more experienced hikers.
What are some family activities to do in Palm Springs?
Families often explore the Palm Springs Air Museum, home to a wide collection of historical aircraft, or the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, where a variety of desert animals and plants can be observed. The Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert is also frequently recommended as it has interactive exhibits designed to spark creativity and learning.
What are some of the best day trip ideas in Palm Springs?
Day trips to Joshua Tree National Park, the Salton Sea, or the town of Idyllwild, known for its hiking trails, are often recommended. A visit to the giant Cabazon Dinosaurs or a journey to explore the vineyards of Temecula Valley are also popular.
How much does it cost to stay in vacation home rentals in Palm Springs?
Experience the best of Palm Springs with our vacation home rentals, starting at about $70 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.
Are there vacation home rentals with a dedicated workspace in Palm Springs?
Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 30 vacation home rentals in Palm Springs featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.