48 Hours Outdoors in Palm Springs
By Kevin Perry
Before we even finish this sentence, we’re guessing you can name the number one reason why everyone loves Palm Sprin—
That’s right, our climate is as warm as our welcome. We average 269 sunny days per year, and we make the most of them. Our temperate winter climate complements the sunlight to keep you cool, calm, and connected. The forecast calls for fun, so explore all that Palm Springs has to offer…
DAY ONE: ARRIVE IN STYLE
Even before you step foot in town, the hypnotic windmills along our northern ridge will wave you in. Take a tour that brings you behind the oscillating curtain and inside the powerful world of desert energy. Knowledgeable guides devote two full hours to the history and majesty of the mills, which you can photograph from several vantage points. The tour makes several stops to maximize your perspective, including this delicious destination: a complimentary date shake harvested from local ingredients.
Once you enter the Palm Springs city limits, bask in our sun-kissed landscape with the help of La Akua. Their glasses and skin products will protect you from the UV rays and elicit maximum YAYs!
Now that you’ve had a nosh, add some Vitamin Wheee to your diet. Sunny Cycle invites groups of fun-loving sun-seekers to kick it on a trolley fueled by pedal power. Their party vehicle is equipped with electrical assistance, so you won’t strain to enjoy this ride on the sunny side. Check out your chariot’s misters to keep you cool, and a full entertainment system to keep you even cooler. After all, a day outdoors doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice the creature comforts of home.
If you arrive on a Thursday night: congratulations! VillageFest sprawls across Palm Canyon Drive, the main thoroughfare of downtown Palm Springs. The street shuts down for the evening, allowing pedestrians to sample the wares of over 180 vendors. Enjoy local art, amazing food, and hospitality galore!
DAY TWO: WALK ‘N’ STROLL
To start your morning on the right foot, tiptoe over to Running Wild. Their shoe selection will give you the support you need to appreciate the full splendor of paradise, on foot.
Embark on a walking tour with Palm Springs Historical Society. Whether you are interested in our celebrity pedigree or our world-renowned architecture, PSHS has you covered. These tours are designed to showcase various fascinating facets of our hometown and illuminate what makes us so special. Make history with PSHS.
All that walking demands sustenance, so juice up at Raw Remedy. They celebrate your healthy side without skimping on satisfaction. And once you get your fill of essential fruits and vegetables, get acquainted with the regional vegetation at Moorten Botanical Garden. Their cactarium will have you on pins and needles!
DAY THREE: HIKING, BIKING, ETC.
A robust network of hiking trails cradles the outskirts of Palm Springs. You can easily access Indian Canyons, just minutes from downtown and miles from the ordinary. Greet the new day with a morning hike full of waterfalls, rock wall art, and even a possible glimpse of endangered species!
If cycling is more your speed, trek over to Bike Palm Springs. They offer rentals that range from traditional models to motorized options, and their midcentury storefront is an Instagram opportunity in and of itself.
You should also check out Big Wheel Tours, an adventurous organization that not only rents bikes, but also provides Jeep excursions to iconic landscapes. Conquer the San Andreas Fault, rock out at Joshua Tree National Park, or bring the day full circle by exploring the parts of Indian Canyon that you couldn’t reach on foot.
As dusk surrenders to night, book a trip to outer space, courtesy of Skywatcher Star Tours. Cuddle up in a blanket and cozy up to the cosmos, as spied through the lens of a powerful telescope. The tour provides all of the above, plus snacks and enough interstellar expertise to fill a galaxy.
BONUS ROUND: FORE!
Farewells are so maddening; they really tee us off! Speaking of which, be sure to sneak in a quick 18 holes or so at Escena Golf Club. It’s the perfect way to step back from the workaday world and just… be. Gaze at the San Jacinto Mountains and grab one last nosh at the Lounge & Grill.
As your 48 hours draw to a close, take one last, longing look along the horizon. It charts where you have been and where you are destined to return. When you book your next visit to our invigorating hometown, remember: the sun never sets on the beauty of Palm Springs.