If you think Palm Springs is just about playing golf, country clubs and fancy spas you're wrong.
While you will find all of the above, there's a lot more to see and do.
This is a place where mid-century modern architecture meets a restaurant scene that's pushing the boundaries. Desert adventure is just around the corner and the palm tree-lined streets have numerous boutiques and art galleries to explore.
While there's a lot to keep you busy in the city, located in the Sonoran Desert of southern California, it has a calm, relaxed vibe. So no matter what you decide to do here take advantage of the sunshine, friendly atmosphere and laid-back lifestyle.
Here, are some of the best ways to spend your time in the desert city.
Architecture and Design tour
If design is your thing, clear your itinerary because you will want to book a tour (or maybe two) with mod squad. There are three different tours to choose from - The Interiors Tour, The Essential Palm Springs Tour and Martinis & Mid Century Architecture.
Each is personalised and intimate with a five person maximum on each tour. With a mixture of Hollywood celebrities - including Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Lucille Ball, designers and artists all calling the area home at some point or another, Palm Springs is the mecca of modern architecture.
Your guide, Kurt will tell you tales of how the past has shaped the design of today.
Take in the view
If you want a 360 degree birds-eye view of what Palm Springs has to offer, jump on the world’s largest rotating tram car which is suspended more than 2000 metres high. Travelling along the cliffs of Chino Canyon, the extensive view takes in the sights of Mt. San Jacinto State Park and wilderness area.
Whether you enjoy the 10 minute ariel ride, dine at one of two restaurants at the Tram’s mountain station, hike over 80kms of trails or camp overnight, there’s plenty to see and do.
We recommend enjoying a drink at the lookout lounge and savouring the view before heading back down.
Palm Springs Art Museum
Whether you’re an art lover or not, it’s definitely worth a visit to this museum.
Here, you'll find pieces from Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Louise Bourgeois, along with regular cutting edge exhibitions.
It is located across three different sites and has a rich history of its own. And, apart from taking in the art, it’s a great way to escape the desert heat with the temperature always set to a mild 23 degrees.
Explore the desert
If it’s your first time to Palm Springs, this is a must! There’s no better way to explore the outer Palm Springs area than in an open-air jeep.
There are differnet tours to choose from which each explore different areas including, San Andreas Fault, Joshua Tree National Park and Mecca Hills.
There are also sunset tours and hiking tours. So jump in a jeep and hit the hills!
Relax with dinner and drinks
If all of the above mentioend fun leaves you a little peckish, hit up Draughtsman a bar and restaurant serving up pub fare, a hand-crafted cocktail list and an impressive selection of craft beers.
The laid-back atmosphere is the perfect place to unwind after a long day of sightseeing.
You can relax on the outdoor patio and take in the stunning view of the San Jacinto mountains, play some of the games on offer like cornhole, giant Connect Four, and hook & ring or even try one of their beer cocktails, if you're brave enough.
And as their website says, if you come in hungry, you'll leave happy - the perfect way to end the day!
For more, visit visitpalmsprings.com/
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