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Palm SpringsUnited States of America

California's legendary retro resort town in the Coachella Valley is the perfect place to escape to.

Palm Springs has a reputation forever associated with a bygone era – a getaway from Hollywood. Crooners like Frank Sinatra and film stars such as Cary Grant called the town home. But while still beloved for its warm, arid climate, great restaurants and resorts, and just 90 minutes from LA, the town has reinvented itself for a new generation who head here for its outdoor pursuits and relaxed vibe.

The town was named for its hot-water springs that the settling Native Americans believed had magical healing powers. The Cahuilla people lived in the desert during the winter and relocated to the cooler mountain canyons here each summer. Visitors can find out more about the Cahuilla people at the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum.

After a few quiet years, Palm Springs has become a laid-back and cool destination once more. It now attracts visitors who want to see the sights and explore the canyons that surround the town, as well as those who want to sip cocktails by the pool while taking in the design and architectural treasures of the past.

There's plenty of different activities to choose from. In summer, you can hike the trails of the Indian Canyons or explore some of the most impressive natural scenery in the country by riding the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to San Jacinto Peak. In winter, you can attack the ski slopes, build snow forts and go ice fishing at Big Bear Lake. If you don’t have much time, a trip to the Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium is worthwhile.

Away from the town's natural delights, art aficionados should make a bee-line for the Palm Springs Art Museum. Every year, architectural buffs flood to the town for the architectural tours, films and symposiums at Modernism Week, which looks back to the 1950s and 1960s when the city was a hub of chic modernism.

The fun most definitely doesn't stop when the sun sets here; many people come for the nightlife and restaurant scene alone, as really, what better way to end the day but by relaxing with a drink in hand at the bar of a retro hotel?

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 RM229 per night from 27 Sep to 28 Sep

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! (2,791 reviews)

"convient, quiet , nice pool , friendly staff, easy to park"…"

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2020

Indian Wells Resort Hotel
Courtyard by Marriott Palm Desert
Courtyard by Marriott Palm Desert
3 out of 5
The price is RM413 per night from 30 Sep to 1 Oct

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

4.3/5Excellent! (891 reviews)

"Very nice property, clean, sanitized and very friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2020

Courtyard by Marriott Palm Desert
Aqua Soleil Hotel & Mineral Water Spa
Aqua Soleil Hotel & Mineral Water Spa
3 out of 5
The price is RM313 per night from 27 Sep to 28 Sep

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! (1,248 reviews)

"Overall, the hotel is good. It was pretty quiet and close to the starbucks and the supermarket to get snacks and food for a long weekend. Pool was great and they made sure to maintain social distancing. Location is in the middle of several location, so my boyfriend and I could do a lot of stuff like ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2020

Aqua Soleil Hotel & Mineral Water Spa

Vacation Rentals in Palm Springs

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Westin Desert Willow Villas, Palm Desert
The Westin Desert Willow Villas, Palm Desert
4 out of 5
The price is RM596 per night from 29 Sep to 30 Sep

This family-friendly Palm Desert condominium resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Desert Willow Golf Resort and Hovley Soccer Park. San Jacinto Mountains is 2.7 mi ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,695 reviews)

"Great family stay! Has everything you will need plus more!"…"

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2020

The Westin Desert Willow Villas, Palm Desert
Welk Resorts Palm Springs
Welk Resorts Palm Springs
3.5 out of 5
The price is RM497 per night from 26 Oct to 27 Oct

Situated in Cathedral City, this golf condominium resort is within 6 mi (10 km) of Agua Caliente Casino, River and Palm Springs Convention Center. The Gardens ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,186 reviews)

"Welk Resort was amazing the staffs are super helpful and the check in and check out was a breeze. They have pool time reservation so the pool is not too crowed. The rooms and bathroom are spaces and my family really enjoy our stay."…"

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2020

Welk Resorts Palm Springs
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 RM357 per night from 27 Sep to 28 Sep

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! (2,173 reviews)

"Property was great! CLEAN! Pool area was EXTREMELY well kept, and clean overall. Staff was very helpful, and kind. We will definitely be booking again with this hotel."…"

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2020

Palm Canyon Resort by Diamond Resorts

Popular places to visit in Palm Springs

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

5/5(25 reviews)

Enjoy panoramic views over the Coachella Valley on the largest rotating aerial tramway in the world.

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 along ancient walking trails through palm-dotted canyons at this stunning recreational park.

Top things to do in Palm Springs

Big Bear Lake Segway Tour
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Big Bear Lake Segway Tour

RM356
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

RM1,047
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
The Legends & Icons Tour
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The Legends & Icons Tour

RM422
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Vacation Photographer in Palm Springs
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Vacation Photographer in Palm Springs

RM1,048
Per adult
Big Bear Lake Ziplining Adventure
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Big Bear Lake Ziplining Adventure

RM540
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Palm Springs Windmill Tours is the only behind the fence historical eco bus tour
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Palm Springs Windmill Tours is the only behind the fence historical eco bus tour

RM168
Per adult

Reviews of Palm Springs

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
39
5 - Excellent 63.9344262295082%
4 - Good
21
4 - Good 34.42622950819672%
3 - Okay
1
3 - Okay 1.639344262295082%
2 - Disappointing
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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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