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Palm Springs

Travel Guide
Palm Springs

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.

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Where to stay in 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 £74 per night from 26 Jul to 26 Jul
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! (2,796 reviews)
"The staff upon check in were friendly and welcoming. There is live music on Friday and Saturday evening and the singer was great. However the beds and pillows were very uncomfortable and the rooms were musty smelling. The pool was big but needed to be cleaned badly. Also, the entire hotel smelled ..."

Reviewed on 20 Jul 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
The price is £232 per night from 15 Aug to 15 Aug
Set in Rancho Mirage, this family-friendly resort is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from McCallum Theatre.
4.3/5Excellent! (1,157 reviews)
"The pool area was a lot of fun. The parking is spacious and the drinks were good. Most of the staff we met and interacted were less than courteous."

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2021

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa
Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
44 - 600 Indian Wells Ln, Indian Wells, CA
The price is £226 per night from 17 Aug to 17 Aug
This family-friendly Indian Wells resort is located in the suburbs, 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Indian Wells Tennis Garden, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Living Desert ...
4.3/5Excellent! (963 reviews)
"This hotel is a must! We had a Huge room with a balcony and pool view. The bathroom was big too and had a separate tub and shower. It even had a living room area with a big tv. There were a bunch of pools, and my daughter loved the water slides. They have a cute little splash pad area for younger ..."

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2021

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa
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The Oasis Resort
The Oasis Resort
3 out of 5
4190 E Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA
The price is £95 per night from 28 Jul to 28 Jul
Situated near the airport, this condo 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 Center ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (599 reviews)
"I like that it feels like a home away from home."

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2021

The Oasis Resort
Re-connect With Nature at "the Boho-bungalow" in Palm Springs
Re-connect With Nature at "the Boho-bungalow" in Palm Springs
1766 E Joyce Dr, Palm Springs, CA
Located in Desert Park Estates, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Desert Highland Park, Palm Springs Convention Center and San Jacinto Mountains. ...
5/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Wonderful Property!
"Back yard is like a park! Lisa M"

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2021

Re-connect With Nature at "the Boho-bungalow" in Palm Springs
Pools Are Open! 5 Star Rated 1 Bdrm/1.5 Bth. Golf, Pool, Tennis, Hiking, Walking
Pools Are Open! 5 Star Rated 1 Bdrm/1.5 Bth. Golf, Pool, Tennis, Hiking, Walking
76758 Daffodil Drive, Palm Desert, CA
The price is £628 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Situated in Palm Desert, this condo is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Freedom Park and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Desert Willow Golf Resort. Indian Wells Tennis Garden and San ...
5/5Exceptional! (51 reviews)
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"Everything was great! Beautiful home & excellent service w property management!"

Reviewed on 3 Jul 2021

Pools Are Open! 5 Star Rated 1 Bdrm/1.5 Bth. Golf, Pool, Tennis, Hiking, Walking
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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