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Palm SpringsUnited States of America

A legendary Hollywood hangout in the fifties, retro Palm Springs is renowned for its Mid-Century architecture, world-class golf courses and laid-back SoCal vibe.

A hundred miles east of LA in the Coachella Valley, Palm Springs is a popular place for a holiday. A weekend getaway for California's celebrity set, it has over 350 days of sunshine each year and is great for a golf holiday, a get together destination for the LGBT crowd, and popular if you want to escape the winter cold for a week away.

Palm Springs is not a big city. Its palm-lined streets are filled with fashionable boutiques, stylish hotels and kitsch tiki bars. On your holiday,h ead to the Uptown Design district, the largest collection of Mid-Century modern architecture in the world, and see Elvis' retro-style Honeymoon Hideout. Or you could venture downtown for the Palm Springs Art Museum and vintage Old Hollywood-style cocktails bars.

If your holiday is more than a few days here, explore the greater Palm Springs area, a string of desert cities in the Coachella Valley. Head south along Highway 111 towards Cathedral City and Rancho Mirage, both renowned for their quality golf courses.

Spend a day in Indian Wells, home to the Indian Wells Tennis Club and the BNP Paribas world tournament, while Indio, the small town in the far south of the region, attracts the Californian fashion elite to its legendary Coachella Arts and Music Festival each April.

Palm Springs is easy to explore. Hire a convertible sports car and drive through the desert plains towards Joshua Tree National Park, which lies 20 miles east of Palm Springs.

Drive north of downtown to soak in the natural thermal waters of Desert Hot Springs, or grab a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which travels from the desert floor to the frosty peak of the San Jacinto Mountains, where snow is not uncommon.

After a day of exploring Palm Springs shops and art museums, head downtown for cocktails and karaoke in a kitsch tiki bar or a romantic supper under the stars in an alfresco restaurant.

With endless sunshine, stylish Mid-Century hotels and a lively nightlife, Palm Springs is an ideal destination for a quick getaway or a longer holiday.

Palm Springs Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Palm Springs

Downtown Palm Springs, Palm Springs, California, United States of America

Downtown Palm Springs

4.5/5Wonderful!(38 area reviews)

Downtown Palm Springs is known for its popular shops, and with sights like Palm Springs Art Museum and San Jacinto Mountains, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Palm Springs.

Downtown Palm Springs
Uptown Design District, Palm Springs, California, United States of America

Uptown Design District

4.5/5Wonderful!(12 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 neighbourhood.

Uptown Design District
La Quinta Cove, La Quinta, California, United States of America

La Quinta Cove

If you're spending some time in La Quinta Cove, San Jacinto Mountains and Old Town La Quinta are top sights worth seeing.

La Quinta Cove
Tahquitz River Estates, Palm Springs, California, United States of America

Tahquitz River Estates

4.5/5Wonderful!(5 area reviews)

Though Tahquitz River Estates may 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
Warm Sands, Palm Springs, California, United States of America

Warm Sands

When in Warm Sands, you can plan a visit to Palm Springs Art Museum and Baristo Park, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Warm Sands
Magnesia Falls Cove, Rancho Mirage, California, United States of America

Magnesia Falls Cove

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Magnesia Falls Cove and surrounding area, you can visit Rancho Las Palmas Country Club and River.

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 £78 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 2 Aug 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 £78 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! (951 reviews)

"There are so many cute, boutique hotels in the Palm Springs area. But because of COVID we wanted to stay somewhere that seemed to have a good handle on systems including sanitation. I was never once concerned about it and was able to enjoy a couple of days away from the chaos."…"

Reviewed on 4 Aug 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 £67 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! (1,208 reviews)

"Loved being able to use the pool, so many hotels have their pool closed simply stating COVID restrictions. They have a good system of allowing 3hrs per family and giving out wristbands so the pool was never crowded Extra towels and ice buckets would have been nice in the room."…"

Reviewed on 30 Jul 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

5/5(25 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(2 reviews)

Find out what's happening in Palm Springs Convention Center during your trip – a top convention centre 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

5/5(6 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

5/5(7 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(1 review)

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(3 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 National Park Jeep Tour
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Joshua Tree National Park Jeep Tour

£133
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Joshua Tree National Park Van Tour
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Joshua Tree National Park Van Tour

£133
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Joshua Tree Hummer Adventure
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Joshua Tree Hummer Adventure

£151
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
San Andreas Fault Jeep/SUV Tour
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San Andreas Fault Jeep/SUV Tour

£133
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Earthquake Canyon Bicycle Tour
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Earthquake Canyon Bicycle Tour

£90
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Scenic Hiking In Beautiful Palm Springs!
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Scenic Hiking In Beautiful Palm Springs!

£28
Per adult

Reviews of Palm Springs

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 63.9344262295082%
4 - Good
21
4 - Good 34.42622950819672%
3 - Okay
1
3 - Okay 1.639344262295082%
2 - Disappointing
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1 - Terrible
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 Jan 2020

We drove down to Palm Springs from our vacation in Las Vegas , this time of year it was a treat to get the warmer weather and it’s always nice to spend time in the Palm Springs area and get to the dessert hills outlets

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Jan 2020

all good ........................................................................................................................................

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Jan 2020

We loved Palm Springs. Lots of shopping and things to see. Surrounded by amazing desert. Tip: Get to the Tramway couple of hours before it opens in the holidays!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Dec 2019

Parking charges off season too high. Bed uncomfortable.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

13 Nov 2019

We have been visiting Palm Springs for many years because of it's history, uniqueness and fine climate. The rapid increase in tall less in- keeping buildings in the last 5 years or so diminishes it's charm immensely. Wealth can't buy taste.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Nov 2019

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