It may be home to over a hundred golf courses, but Palm Springs is so much more than a place to work on your swing. In a city where rain is practically a myth, sun worshippers and experienced hikers will feel right at home. During the ‘50s and ‘60s, this oasis in the Coachella Valley was a playground for A-listers like Sinatra and Elvis looking to escape the bright lights of nearby LA.
The city is an oasis in the Sonoran Desert, with lots to do on its main streets
This desert town’s Hollywood heyday has made it a vintage shopper’s paradise. On Palm Canyon Drive, you can dig for all kinds of retro treasures, from space-age acrylic tops to ‘50s dresses.
Views from Palm Springs' Aerial Tramway are unbeatable
If you’re feeling outdoorsy, there’s no better view than from the Aerial Tramway. This rotating tram car climbs to 8,530 feet along the towering cliffs of Chino Canyon. After exploring the miles of surrounding mountain trails, ease your aching body in a desert hot spring full of healing mineral water.
When to go?
Swaying California Fan palm trees dominate the surrounding desert
Lack of sunshine is no issue in Palm Springs, but bookers might want to visit during the more comfortable, cooler months between January and May. Temperatures peak in August with an average high of 108°F, but this still makes for enjoyable morning hikes or trips to galleries and museums.
Where to stay?
La Maison Hotel – Palm Springs, USA
La Maison Hotel
It’s fair to say that the owners, Judy and Stephen, know the way to bookers’ hearts, with free poolside beer and wine. The hotel is close to downtown restaurants, but if you’d rather stay in, the peaceful courtyard has a barbecue and plenty of seats. The owners also get bonus points for offering bookers free cruiser bikes to explore the area.
Little Paradise Hotel – Palm Springs, USA
Little Paradise Hotel
Surrounded by majestic mountains and swaying palm trees, you can see where the hotel gets its name from. Lay your towel on a deck chair and spend your afternoon by the outdoor pool. Rooms offer curved 4K TVs – and some even have a patio.
The Monkey Tree Hotel – Palm Springs, USA
The Monkey Tree Hotel
The Monkey Tree Hotel has kept its 1960s style but also added modern amenities, like the area’s first Scandinavian spa. The hotel has housed celebrities like Eric Clapton, The Beatles, and even a rendezvous between JFK and Marilyn Monroe. Booking.com bookers praise the owners, Gary and Kathleen, who offer homemade treats like banana fritters and muffins at breakfast.
Del Marcos Hotel – Palm Springs, USA
Del Marcos Hotel
The visually striking Del Marcos Hotel is bursting with modernist style. Its quirky swagger is emphasised by an angled roof, bright colors, and chic furniture. There’s also a saltwater pool and plenty of deck chairs for working on your tan. Booking.com bookers point out the great location in the historic Tennis Club neighborhood.
ARRIVE – Palm Springs, USA
Every hotel should have a few aces up its sleeve, and ARRIVE doesn’t disappoint. Not only does it come with its own ice cream store, there’s also 'dive-in' movie nights by the pool, and a stylish exterior as jagged as the mountains surrounding it. In the evening, grab a draught beer from the on-site bar and keep warm by one of the cozy fire pits.
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