Palm Springs is a vibrant Southern Californian desert oasis: part dramatic mountainscapes, part pool party, a dash of mid-century modern architecture, and plenty of gently swaying tropical trees. With nine distinctly compelling cities, it’s easy to see how this one region has so much to celebrate. Not only home to world-renowned events like Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Palm Springs is also a hub for Native American, Latino, and LGBTQ culture.
Luxury Holidays in Palm Springs
Palm Springs is not just an excellent Vegas-bound pit stop; it is a luxury holiday destination in itself. Stay in Desert Hot Springs at one of nearly 20 boutique spa resorts, where healing mineral waters have drawn in relaxation-seekers for centuries. Indulge in a luxurious treatment, or zen out with a yoga or Pilates session designed to refresh and recalibrate. Palm Springs is also home to over 120 golf courses, so those looking to tee off in style also won’t be left without.
Great Reasons to Holiday in Palm Springs
Brilliant Buildings – Palm Springs has the most mid-century modern residential architecture in the world. Take a tour of Palm Springs' Uptown Design District any time of year, or visit for Modernism Week.
Retail Therapy – From weekly farmer’s markets and outlet stores in Palm Springs to the sprawling high-fashion El Paseo shopping district, there is something for every brand and budget.
For Art’s Sake – Culture vultures will have a field day with an impressive range of museums, galleries and arts festivals. Check out Palm Springs Art Museum, La Quinta Arts Festival, and Coachella Festival.
Family Fun – Palm Springs welcomes families with open arms. From making a splash at the Wet 'n' Wild Waterpark to stargazing at Rancho Mirage Observatory, kids are sure to be entertained. A variety of free museums and tours also mean family fun doesn’t have to break the bank.
Things to See and Do in Palm Springs
Go Off-Road – Discover an incredible desert ecosystem whilst hiking in the Joshua Tree National Park, on horseback in the Indian Canyons, or at the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens. Pick up the pace with a Quad ATV rental at Windy Point, a Jeep tour safari of the San Andreas Fault, or a spin around that BMW Performance Centre track.
Eat Like a Local – We suggest Desert Tasty Tours, Indio International Tamale Festival, and Shield’s Date Farm if you’re intrigued about Palm Springs’ rich culinary tapestry. For your everyday amazing eateries, we recommend beginning your day with eggs or pancakes at Cheeky’s or Wilma & Frieda. Stop at Jake’s or Heirloom Craft Kitchen for contemporary American cuisine at lunch or dinner.
Drink Like a Local – Visitors will be pleased to know that in Greater Palm Springs, happy hour specials run early, late and sometimes even all day. Satiate cocktail cravings at an Ace Hotel pool party, a Cathedral City LGBT event, or Melvyn’s Restaurant and Lounge, which has nightly live entertainment. If your drinking style is more hop-orientated, head to Coachella Valley Brewing Company, or the La Quinta Brewing Taprooms.
Get Higher – Increasing altitude is an incredible way to get a full scope of the impressive landscape. If hiking won’t quite cut it, why not experience the thrill of rock climbing in Joshua Tree National Park, take a hot air balloon ride above Greater Palm Springs, or enjoy the panoramic views from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway?
Palm Springs Weather
The fact that Palm Springs has more swimming pools per capita than anywhere else in America, says it all. The Coachella Valley is famed for its temperate and mild winters, and arid heat in the summer. With roughly 300 days of sunshine a year, you’ll be pushed to find a better winter sun destination. Meanwhile, between June and September, visitors can take advantage of discounts from attractions to resorts.
Facts about Palm Springs
• Population– approx. 450,000
• Primary Airport – Palm Springs (PSP)
Palm Springs Holidays 2024 / 2025
Whether your holiday is part of a So Cal Triangle visit, or the end of the ideal Californian road trip, book your 2024/2025 Palm Springs holiday ahead of time to secure your stay. Our USA experts at Kenwood Travel have the specialist knowledge you need to help you arrange the holiday of a lifetime. With 45 years of experience and an ATOL membership, your next adventure is best booked with Kenwood Travel.