Palm Springs is a gorgeous desert oasis tucked against the backdrop of the San Jacinto mountains. This area has long been known as a destination for sun-soaked relaxation with a touch of Hollywood glamor. Whether you are looking for outdoor activities, historic architecture or exciting events and nightlife, there’s something for everyone in Palm Springs. Here are ten reasons why Palm Springs should be on your list for a 2024 vacation!
Palm Springs boasts a desert climate with over 350 days of sunshine per year and consistently warm temperatures throughout the year. This makes it an ideal outdoor playground in any season. From balmy winters in the 70s(F) to hot summers around 100°F, there is a time of year perfect for all visitors to enjoy what the area has to offer.
The stunning desert landscape surrounding Palm Springs is full of unique beauty, with unparalleled access to the natural environment. Joshua Tree National Park sits to the east, where visitors can wander through an otherworldly landscape of unusual rock formations and spindly Joshua trees. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway transports riders 8,500 feet to the top of Mount San Jacinto, where expansive views of Chino Canyon and the Coachella Valley can be admired. Spread throughout the valley and canyons, visitors will also find a number of gorgeous natural palm oasis environments to enjoy.
The sunny and warm weather year-round makes Palm Springs a dream destination for anything outdoors. Hot air ballooning, off-road Jeep adventures in the desert, and rock climbing in Joshua Tree are some of the high energy activities catering to thrill seekers. Those looking for a more peaceful activity can enjoy more than 100 hiking trails, take a horseback ride through Indian Canyons, or sink into a local hot springs experience.
Palm Springs is a bastion of mid-century modern architecture, where the city’s commitment to preserving its architectural heritage makes every street a visual adventure. Design enthusiasts can embark on a self-guided tour to admire iconic structures like the Kaufmann House or Palm Springs City Hall, and the city comes alive in February withModernism Week, an 11-day celebration of mid-century architecture, interior design and vintage culture. Visitors who want to take home a piece of the mid-century era will love the Uptown Design District and Palm Springs Vintage Market, where vintage boutiques and antique shops offer an endless treasure hunt.
Palm Springs is a premier golf destination, with professionally designed courses by legendary players like Jack Nicklaus set against a backdrop of palm trees and mountains. Warm and sunny weather ensures golfers can play comfortably year-round, and a variety of golf tournaments throughout the year offer the chance to witness the greats of the sport in person. With over 100 courses in the Coachella Valley, players will be able to find the perfect match for their level and skill.
Palm Springs is a city that knows how to party, and there's a festival or event to suit any interests. The star-studded Palm Springs International Film Festival attracts film enthusiasts from around the world, as well as industry insiders and celebrities. Music lovers are drawn to the area for the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals, while fashion devotees flock to the runway at Fashion Week El Paseo. Other signature events include large golf and tennis tournaments like the BNP Paribas, which brings the best players in the world to the Coachella Valley. There are also several events that celebrate the mid-century modern architecture of the area.
The arts scene in the Palm Springs area is thriving, with many public art installations scattered throughout the city, along with galleries, studios and festivals throughout the year. The Palm Springs Art Museum hosts modern and contemporary art, and features a large collection of Native American art. The Backstreet Art District is a unique collection of studios and galleries highlighting local and regional artists in many disciplines, and the Uptown Design District highlights art from the mid-century era. Cultural exhibitions in Palm Springs range from historical archives to the WWII history of the area, and the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum showcases the Native American heritage of the area.
Palm Springs' culinary scene is diverse and delicious, with an eclectic mix of dining options. From trendy retro cafes paying homage to the area’s mid-century modern charm to upscale restaurants with celebrity chefs offering gourmet cuisine, the city caters to every palate. Palm Springs embraces international flavors and the local farm-to-table movement, resulting in unique offerings and creative fusion concepts. In June, Palm Springs Restaurant Week invites visitors to sample their way through the best restaurants in the city with special menus and exclusive offers.
The vibrant nightlife in Palm Springs comes alive as the sun sets. From chic cocktail lounges to vibrant dance clubs, there are so many options to have a great night out on the town. Trendy rooftop bars offer panoramic views with a desert breeze and live music venues give visitors the opportunity to see performances in a variety of genres. Laid-back comedy clubs and atmospheric dive bars round out the experience of Palm Springs after dark.
The weather in Palm Springs beckons visitors to spend time by the pool! Apek Rentals offers a variety of incredible Palm Springs vacation rentals, with backyards that truly feel like your own private resort. Beat the heat with a refreshing dip in aresort-style backyard pool or spend the afternoon lounging poolside in a cabana. Enjoy cozy privacy at The Fig Ranch, have some Instagrammable moments at the quirky Blushhouse, or admire the gorgeous mountain views while floating in the pool at Chateau Monroe. Staying in a vacation rental with an amazing pool makes a stay in Palm Springs unforgettable!
Whether you're seeking outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or simply a relaxing escape, Palm Springs has it all. Don't miss the chance to immerse yourself in the magic of this desert paradise. Start planning your Palm Springs adventure today and make it a year to remember!