View to a Thrill
Treat your selfie at the best Instagram spots in Palm Springs
By Kevin Perry
You’ve got your seasonal tan locked down, a killer sense of fashion, and sassiness to spare… so are you ready for a change of scenery? Why don’t you spice things up and show your followers how to live it up, YOU style. Get out and get fabulous at the most Insta-worthy locations in Palm Springs.
Contrary to the advice of 90’s pop music, DO go chasing waterfalls, because the vistas in Tahquitz Canyon are remarkably refreshing. Their 60-foot falls are the perfect backdrop for your next selfie sojourn.
Compare that to the views from the elevation of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway at over 8,500 feet.
For a cultivated nature experience, plant yourself at Moorten Botanical Garden, home of the Cactarium. This local landmark is a must-visit for desert devotees and adventurous travelers alike. According to owner Clark Moorten, his wonderland of vibrant greenery has spawned over 50,000 selfies and counting. Smile, indeed!
One of the most iconic features of Palm Springs’ landscape is the expanse of windmills stretching along our northern ridge. Their motion is purposeful, powerful and placid, lazily spinning their way into the scenery that demands your Insta-attention.
These windmills were also featured in such pop culture moments as Rain Man and Mission Impossible III. Move over, Tom Cruise, because it’s our readers’ turn to shine! Just drive up Garnet Avenue and choose a safe spot to pull over and snap your way to stardom. DO NOT try to take pics from the freeway; we want you to arrive safely at your next glamour session…
Check out some of our favorite social gathering places to say cheese. There’s the Palm Springs Visitors Center, an outcropping of midcentury modern flair set against the rugged backdrop of the San Jacinto Mountains.
To get a bird’s eye view of your next photo op, hop aboard the Palm Springs Air Museum and pose with some true aces of the skies.
Next, cool down with a trip to the picturesque fountain located at the dazzlingly textured façade of The Parker. The latticed grating may look foreboding, but it will welcome a whole new audience to your online galleries.
All these shutterbug shenanigans are making us hungry, so join us for a bite at The Riviera’s Café Palmetto.
Don’t forget to strike a pose near their palm tree printed walls – beat the heat with a side of treats! And if your palate craves even more color, stop by The Saguaro and marvel at the resort’s rainbow array of brightly hued balconies.
The floral tableau outside My Little Flower Shop will pollinate your imagination and spruce up your Facebook photo feed.
Speaking of flowers, a beautiful bouquet frames the likeness of Marilyn Monroe on the north side of Lulu’s pristine exterior, making her luminosity positively pop in contrast to the bleached white walls.
Similarly, the exterior corridor ushering guests into the entrance of The Hyatt is a model of restraint and grandeur. Dean Mayo’s mural depicts our city’s name amidst a pastiche of desert imagery and snowcapped mountains.
If your soul isn’t already soaring, take flight with the brilliant angel wings painted near The Rowan Palm Springs. Collette Miller’s ode to world peace adopts the look of the Gay Pride flag, so be sure to tag your LGBTQ fam when you post your angelic pics.
The Rowan is also home to Isabelle, your perfect companion in the eternal pursuit of social media domination. She’s 12 feet tall (crouching) and made of concrete, steel, and colored lights, so be careful that Julian Voss-Andreae’s expressive opus doesn’t upstage your selfie!
If celebrity statues are more your taste, get mayoral with a likeness of Sonny Bono at the Mercado Plaza fountain.
Or take a load off and park it next to the Lucille Ball statue on a bench outside of the downtown Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.
In fact, our hometown is a hotbed of public art just waiting for you to snap and share. Be seen on the scene by visiting any of the locales mentioned above and get ready for the social media love to flood your mentions.
Palm Springs is ready for its close-up… are you?
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