Welcome to my Palm Springs City Guide. Here I will share some of my favorite hotels, restaurants, and things to do and see around this sunshine-filled, mid-century obsessed desert destination.
Palm Springs Hotels
1800 E. Palm Canyon Dr.
Bright, cheerful, and in every trendsetting influencer’s Instagram feed. It’s the rainbow hotel otherwise known as The Saguaro (pronounced suh-waa-row). This hotel can become a bit loud and energetic during spring break and other key event seasons in Palm Springs. If you’re looking for a peaceful time, this might not be your place. If you want fun, and color, and lots of awesome photographs? Book it.
622 N. Palm Canyon Dr.
Minimalistic, clean, and bright. This hotel might be the polar opposite of The Saguaro but no less charming and photogenic. The rooms were bright, and simple, and the grounds are quite the sight to wake up to in the morning. Beautiful. Also, as a bonus, you’re connected to one of the best breakfast spots, Cheeky’s.
Eats & Treats
My Palm Springs City Guide wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t tell you some of the best places to eat.
Breakfast & Brunch
Cheeky’s 622 N. Palm Canyon Dr.
Yummy breakfast options and if you’re into bacon they do a bacon flight I’ve heard is pretty good.
Wilma & Freda’s 155 S. Palm Canyon Dr.
A cute little spot with pretty good basic breakfast offerings.
Elmer’s 1030 E. Palm Canyon Dr.
This place has some old school Denny’s vibes and is known for its German Pancakes
Kings Highway 701 E. Palm Canyon Dr.
Cute interior and a pretty decent breakfast
Lunch & Dinner
Birba 622 N. Palm Canyon Dr.
My favorite pasta dish pappardelle bolognese was on the menu so I had to get it, we also got a pizza and both were so delicious it was hard to not just eat here every night we were there.
La Bonitas 330 N. Palm Canyon Dr.
Tasty Mexican food
Guacamoles 555 S. Sunrise Way STE 108
Another good Mexican place we found, brought back food, and ate outside at a picnic table at our hotel.
Al Dente 491 N. Palm Canyon Dr.
An Italian spot that’s not as trendy as some restaurants and appeared to have an older crowd. The food was pretty good, though.
Sweets & Treats
Great Shakes 160 S. Palm Canyon Dr. Ste A
Cute vintage decorated shop with lots of candy and a ton of milkshake flavor options.
Kreem 170 E. Palm Canyon Dr.
A coffee and ice cream shop that has some cute gifts that you can buy inside. The ice cream was pretty good.
Things To Do In Palm Springs
My Palm Springs City Guide wouldn’t be complete without telling you some of the best things to do for fun. There are so many fun and unique things to do while in town from visiting an awesome “Cactarium” to those fun dinosaurs you’ve probably seen all over Instagram to a hike through an Oasis and more. Here are some of my favorite things to do while in town.
Visit The Moorten Botanical Garden & Cactarium
1701 S. Palm Canyon Dr. | Visit Site
If you are into cacti, succulents, and all kinds of unique desert plants this is your place. The famous “Cactarium” greenhouse with amazing cactus plants in it can be found here, too. Perfect for that next Instagram photo.
To learn more, check out my post on the Moorten Botanical Garden here
Explore Joshua Tree National Park
Roughly 1 hour east of Palm Springs
If you love the vast openness of the desert, unique cacti, and weird rock formations then Joshua Tree National Park is for you. Roughly an hour’s drive east of Palm Springs this desert wonderland is full of incredible views and hikes full of wonder.
Visit my post on A November Day in Joshua Tree National Park to learn more
Take a selfie with the cabazon dino’s
50700 Seminole Dr. roughly 25 minutes North West of Palm Springs | Visit Site
If these guys look familiar to you, you may remember them from two great movies from the 80s. Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and The Wizard. While the landscape has changed a lot since then, these dino’s have become more and more popular as a tourist stop along the way to Palm Springs from the west. Pro-tip, if you go during business hours you can climb into T-Rex’s head, it’s pretty awesome.
Hike the Indian Canyons Oasis
38500 S. Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs | Visit Site
Just on the edge of Palm Springs is Indian Canyons a secluded, beautiful landscape of the world’s second-largest California Fan Palm Oasis surrounding the Andreas creek on one side and some seriously alien-looking rock formations on the other. This fairly easy hike only takes about 30-40 minutes with a 200-foot elevation and we found it pretty easy and enjoyable.
Ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tram
1 Tramway Rd. | Visit Site
I was expecting smaller trams but this one is huge and stuffs in a lot of people. My pro tip? Go in last if you want to be up against the window. A really cool experience that lifts you up to the Mt. San Jacinto mountains. We were there in November and it was 30 degrees on top while it was in the low 80s in Palm Springs. Be sure to dress accordingly!
Palm Springs Door Tour
Various locations throughout Palm Springs
That Pink Door was one a famous Insta hot spot that has since requested visitors to stay off their property. While there are a lot of beautiful homes and entryways in Palm Springs I recommend you admire them from the sidewalk and respect the property owners’ homes. It’s fun to drive around town and admire the beautiful, Mid-Century style homes and unique doors. They make for fun photos!
sWIM LATE AT NIGHT AND STARE AT THE STARS
If you don’t like laying out in the bright sun, avoid large groups of people, and just want to be more relaxed then my pro-tip to you is to find yourself a hotel with late night pool hours. Get in the pool, float on your back, and just stare at the billions of stars in the darkest skies. Soak your hike-weary bones in the hot tub. Read a book next to the late night fire pit by the pool listening to the desert night sky and feeling the cool breeze. Highly recommended.
Know Before You Go
You’ve just finished reading through my Palm Springs City Guide, now here are some things you should know before you go!
Weather: You’ll be in the desert where the mornings can reach temperatures in the 80s to as high as over 100 degrees and the nights can get pretty chilly. When packing for a Palm Springs trip you’ll want to make sure to bring layers.
Peek season: This is a pretty popular location for spring break and several events like Coachella and ALT Summit can make finding a hotel pretty tricky. If you’re looking to go to Palm Springs to relax, be sure to check the calendar to see what events are going on in the area before planning your trip.
Safety: Crime? I’m sure it happens but everywhere in Palm Springs feels pretty safe. I’d say the biggest threat to your safety is hot it can be as you’ll be in the middle of the desert. Stay hydrated! Also, if you plan on hiking somewhere be sure to let others know you’re going just in case something happens someone knows where you are. People have gotten lost out in the desert
Parking: You’ll find parking everywhere fairly easy!