Palm Springs can keep you entertained for a week, a month or even a season. From outdoor activities, to shopping, dining, and sightseeing, there's all kinds of ways to enjoy the city and pass the time. Only have a few days? No problem. We've got three suggestions for easy ways to enjoy some of what Palm Springs has to offer visitors.
Get to know Modernism
Palm Springs is fortunate to have its own brand of stunning architecture. Desert Modernism is all about low roofs, clean lines, inside-outside views and chic details. There are dozens of fabulous examples of this unique and attractive style, from famous gated homes, to beauties you can see from the curb, and even soaring public buildings.
Pick up a map of some of the best examples from the Palm Springs Visitor Centre
and plan a self-guided architecture tour. Once you have map (or the app version!) in hand, pick up a drink from popular local chain Koffe and cruise through history, architecture and design.
Hang out in the desert
From hiking a lush valley, to a visit to a desert oasis, or soaring high above the desert floor in a historic tram, there are plenty of options to explore the desert.
If you're looking for authentic desert scenery, make the short drive to the Thousand Palms Oasis, part of the Coachella Valley Preserve
. Here, underground water bubbles to the sandy surface, providing sustenance to hundreds of palm trees. The scorching desert rings the lush cool green space, providing a wondrous contrast. Miles of hiking trails also spread out like spokes from the oasis's core.
If you're feeling adventurous, you can hike high above the desert instead. A network of trails sits atop San Jacinto mountain, and the best way to get to them is by hitching a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
. This historic cable car is the world’s largest rotating tram car, and the views as the car rises to the summit are stunning.
Another great stop is to hike to view the waterfall at Taquitz Canyon
. The short two mile trek is steep, and winds through rocky boulders and desert scrub. The lovely waterfall at the end makes the hike worthwhile.
Shop for bargains
You can spend a few hours here or easily much of a day. The Desert Hills Premium Outlets
holds nearly two hundred stores, from teen favorites, to high end designer outlets. This sprawling complex just 20 minutes down Highway 10 is the largest collection of luxury outlets in California, and well worth visiting. Bargains abound here and the variety of shops and stores ensures there's something for every taste and price range.
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