All About Travel in Palm Springs

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Palm Springs, California, is about 100 miles east of Los Angeles. It is in the Sonoran Desert, in the Coachella Valley area. Palm Springs has been a popular vacation spot for many years because of its hot springs, hotels, restaurants, golf courses, and sunny weather. Since the 1930s, Hollywood stars have loved going there, and many still have homes in the Palm Springs area.

New shops, restaurants, hotels, and neighborhoods are always opening up in downtown Palm Springs, like the Uptown Design District in the north end. The annual Coachella and Stagecoach Festivals have brought attention to cities in the desert. The Palm Springs International Film Festival in January draws big names and more and more people.

Things to Know

In addition to Palm Springs, the term “Greater Palm Springs” comprises the following eight cities: Rancho Mirage, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, LaQuinta, Indio, and Coachella.

Tourism is the main employer in the region and the leading economic contributor. Mid-century modern residences, inns, hotels, and even a former gas station have made Palm Springs a favorite destination for era enthusiasts. 

More than 2,000 years ago, the ancestors of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians lived in Palm Springs. With roughly 6,700 acres within the municipal boundaries, they are the largest landowners in Palm Springs today, and you can see many significant hotels and facilities situated on tribally leased land. 

Best Time to Go

Most of the year, the weather is sunny and dry, with mild temperatures from October to May, with cooler nights in the winter. Summer temperatures are usually between 100°F and 115°F, with less than 10% humidity. Summer is hot and dry, which many visitors like, especially if a pool is nearby.

From December to April, many snowbirds from Canada and colder parts of the U.S. come to the area. Most hotels charge more, and there are more people at restaurants, golf courses, and tourist spots. December, January, and February are the rainy months, but it only averages about an inch or so each of those months. There have been years with more rain, though.

Festivals like the Palm Springs International Film Festival in early January, the Coachella and Stagecoach Festivals in April, Pride events in November, the PGA Tour’s American Express Men’s Golf Tournament in January, and the LPGA ANA Inspiration Tournament in April bring more people to the area. At the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the BNP Paribas Tennis Open is organized every year.

Typically, it isn’t easy to find a location that is easy to fly to, has terrific weather year-round (for unplanned get-out-of-Dodge-long weekends), and has sufficient activities for the nonlazy days. Palm Springs has all of these amenities and the scenery! You want to sample a little bit of everything while having time to rest and do nothing when traveling.

Here are some of the following additional stops you should make while traveling to Palm Springs.

Desert Life:

The living Desert is a public botanical garden and zoo. You can enjoy animal presentations, serene gardens, a model train exhibit, play parks, hiking trails, and tram rides, among other activities. The zoo remarkably reflects the desert wildlife of North America and Africa with its 450 wild animals. It encompasses 1200 protected areas.


This location is also regarded as “The Western Home of Golf in America” due to its 109 holes spread across six championship courses. Palm Springs has proudly hosted many tournaments, including the Humana Challenge, making it the ideal destination for golf enthusiasts. There is also endless golfing available.

Shields Date Garden:

Palm Springs and Coachella Valley are known as the “Date Capital of the World” due to the high quality of their dates, which are grown in the Shields Date Garden. The dates are grown without pesticides and chemical fertilizers, and the store carries nearly all date kinds. Your trip to the springs is incomplete without sampling the famous Shields date milkshake.

Air Museum:

The Air Museum in Palm Springs is home to the most extensive collection of flyable Second World War II aircraft and numerous artifacts, artwork, and library sources relating to the War and American history. The museum features a collection of vintage automobiles, 27 Warplanes, and a B-17 Bomber, among other things. You may also experiment with a flight simulator.

Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway:

The Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway is a notable example of mid-century modern architecture. This retro utopia is offered daily for guided public visits, constructed with four glass and stone rings that complement the natural scenery. This location is also known as the “Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway” in honor of Elvis and Priscilla.

Architecture Tours

Palm Springs is a haven for midcentury modern architecture, and driving about the city is like being placed into the best episode of House Hunters. During Modernism Week, it is possible to really enter homes and view authentic furniture and interior design. After a single walk-through, you are ready to move in immediately. This year’s 11-day festival (from February 17 to February 27) will feature over 350 more activities, including films, seminars, and bus trips.

Jeep Tours

Nothing says “rugged desert adventurer,” like zipping around the landscapes of Palm Springs in an open-air Jeep. The “Bones of the Earth” trip will take you through the canyons of the San Andreas Fault Zone while you witness a breathtaking sunset. Red Jeep Tours by Desert Adventures provides a range of excursions, including hiking.

Where to Stay in Palm Springs:

Some individuals choose the Spirit of Sofia in Palm Springs because of its poolside adventure and old-school Hollywood glam looks that are so eye-catching they require an Instagram grid post. But it’s not only about appearance; the vibe is ideal for relaxation and contemplation due to the location’s cool vibes and high-end accommodations built in harmony with nature. 

Where to Eat in Palm Springs:

Taco enthusiasts should visit El Jefe, the tequila and taco bar at the Saguaro. Choosing a single item from the menu is difficult, as everything is so delicious. But if you crave sushi occasionally (what are the odds? ), try Sandfish Sushi & Whiskey’s creative rolls called the Experiment. Outside at 1501 Uptown Gastropub, you can savor comfort meals if you’re missing home.

How to Find the Best Palm Springs Rentals

Coachella Valley is a popular tourist location; its rental inventory is limited. Annual events such as Coachella, Stagecoach, and renowned golf tournaments attract millions of travelers annually. As soon as you decide to visit Palm Springs, it is prudent to reserve a vacation property immediately!

There are exquisite hotels across the Coachella Valley, but many visitors prefer a Palm Springs vacation rental. So, they may appreciate the tranquility of a backyard, relax by a private pool, and utilize the local ingredients you purchased at the Palm Springs Street Fair. Also popular are house rentals for business visits and more significant group vacations and retreats. Explore Spirit of Sofia’s luxury staycation to select a vacation rental home.


Whether you visit Palm Springs for business, pleasure, or both, it is undoubtedly a sunny and lovely location. We hope these travel advice will assist you in planning your retreat from the rest of the world. 

Enjoy your travel to Palm Springs!

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