My Palm Springs City Guide – The Perfect Place for Relaxing & Enjoying Nature
A chilled out mid-century paradise, Palm Springs will have you wanting to come back for more year after year.
Welcome to my Palm Springs City Guide!
Palm Springs has earned its spot on the top of the list of my favorite places to visit and relax. Maybe it’s being in the middle of the desert, or the chill mid-century vibes, or even all that sunshine. Whatever it is, I love it and look forward to our next visit back. My hope is that my Palm Springs City Guide helps you plan a trip to this awesome desert city.
Palm Springs Hotel Guide
The first part of my Palm Springs City Guide is all about hotels. Since we’ve only visited twice we only have two hotels with personal experience, however, there is a handful I’ve researched and are on my list for our future visits. We’re really into boutique hotels with beautiful views, great design, and fun amenities. To us, part of the vacation is where you say. While I’ve seen some amazing Air BNB’s, we’ve yet to try that type of lodging so this city guide just goes over some of the cute boutique hotels we’ve stayed at or want to stay at in the future.
The Saguaro 1800 E. Palm Canyon Dr.
This is the rainbow hotel of your dreams! Bright, cheerful and awesome pool setting. Every inch of this renovated Holiday Inn was well thought out. Great amenities and restaurants on site.
The Alcazar 622 N. Palm Canyon Dr.
Minimalistic, clean, simple. This hotel is the polar opposite of The Saguaro but both are charming and were great stays.
Some other hotels we’d like to check out in the future:
Ace Hotel & Swim Club 701 E. Palm Canyon Dr.
Korakia Pensione 257 S. Patencio Rd.
Sparrows Lodge 1330 E. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs Eats & Treats
Isn’t eating one of the best parts of travel? Trying new foods, fun and unique treats and tastes unique to the region? Here are a few spots we enjoyed and some we can’t wait to try out in the future.
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 their 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.
Some other restaurants we’d like to check out in the future:
Norma’s 4200 E. Palm Canyon Dr.
Rocco’s Electric 1800 E. Palm Canyon Dr.
Workshop Kitchen & Bar 800 N. Palm Canyon Dr.
Frankinbun 540 S. Indian Canyon Dr.
Reservoir 1551 N. Palm Canyon Dr.
Lappert’s Premium Gourmet Ice Cream 130 N. Palm Canyon Dr.
Fun Things to do in Palm Springs
Palm Springs has some fun outdoor activities including a National Park, some giant dinosaurs, and a tram that will take you a couple of thousand feet pretty quick. This place is great for those who like the outdoors.
Moorten Botanical Gardens
1701 S. Palm Canyon Dr.
see post here
A dream for any plant and cactus lover, for a couple of dollars you can tour through a few regions of cacti, succulents, and other desert plants and see the famous Cactarium. Definitely worth a stop.
Joshua Tree National Park
roughly 1 Hour East outside of Palm Springs
see post here
One of my favorite National Parks! Click the link above to visit my post on a perfect day in Joshua Tree with tips and photo op notes.
50700 Seminole Dr. roughly 25 minutes North West of Palm Springs
Do like quirky side-of-the-road attractions and more specifically dinosaurs that you can climb into? Then you’ll love the Cabazon Dinosaurs just off of Interstate 10. You’ve probably seen these dinosaurs all over Instagram and Pinterest, therefore they’ve become one of the top destinations for Palm Spring visitors young and old. I recognize the dinosaurs from movies like Pee Wee’s Big Adventure or The Wizard so I was very excited to see photos of them and finding out where they were located.
If you’re really into it, someone created a creationism museum next to the dinosaurs where for a fee you can explore a path of smaller dinosaurs and end inside with some animatronics that I found to be pretty funny. Think knight in shining armor with a dog or what looked like a Velociraptor. There’s also a large sand pit where you can hunt for fossils or stones. For a fee, you can climb into T-Rex which I found very worth it. Keep in mind it’s a steep climb and may be challenging for some.
Palm Springs Aerial Tram
1 Tramway Rd.
I was expecting smaller trams you can take with some friends or family but this tram is one large tram that takes several people up at one time. Keep that in mind when you line up to get in as your best opportunity to get the best view may be to board last.
The tram takes you to the top of Mt San Jacinto mountains where it will be a lot colder so bring a jacket or warmer depending on when you go. We went in November and it was about 30 degrees up there. There are food and drinks but you can bring your own, too.
Palm Springs Doors
The pink door was once a famous IG hotspot but people got a little too crazy with being on their property and now you have to admire from afar. No worries, though, there’s tons of beautiful doorways and architecture throughout the city you should check out. Hop on a bike or take a cruise through town and see what you can find. Just remember people live in these homes so be respectful!
Other fun Palm Springs things to do
In addition to my Palm Springs City Guide above, here are some things that look fun and are on my future to do list.
- Visit the Palm Springs Art Museum
- Explore the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in Palm Desert
- Check out the Palm Springs Walk of Stars
- Take a photo of the Forever Marilyn sculpture in downtown Palm Springs
- Do some vintage shopping at one of the many shops
- Learn about Palm Springs history at one of the historical museums
- Hike the Cactus to Clouds trail up to San Jacinto Peak or one of the many other trails
- Float on a pool float and relax the day away in your hotel pool. Some hotels allow non-guests to use their pools if your hotel doesn’t have one.
- Hop on your hotel’s bike and cruise around town taking in all the views
- Take a trip out to Salvation Mountain
- Tour Elvis’ Honeymoon Hideout
I can keep going as there is so much to do and see. While there is a lot to do and see it never feels like you have to do it all as some destinations feel. It’s okay to just relax if you want to, and it’s okay to do it all, too! Hopefully, this guide gave you a good starting point to plan your trip to the fabulous Palm Springs, California!
What to know before you go:
- You’ll be in the middle of the desert. If you’re driving from Los Angeles there’s a possibility you may end up in a windy dust storm.
- It may be hot during the day, but night time temperatures can get pretty low. Keep that in mind when packing and make sure to bring some warmer items that you can layer on.
- Pay attention to other events going on when you are considering visiting. Events like Spring Break, Coachella, and ALT Summit tend to draw in huge crowds to the city and you’ll find it’s not quite as peaceful (if that’s what you were coming for)
- It’s easy to drive around and park
Well, that wraps up my Palm Springs City Guide! With this guide in mind, do you have plans to visit Palm Springs in the future? Do you have a favorite thing to do in Palm Springs? Let me know in the comments below!