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 Hotels
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.
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.
Eats & Treats in Palm Springs
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.
Fun things to do in Palm Springs
Visit Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium
1701 S. Palm Canyon Dr.
A literal dream for lovers of desert plants. For a small fee, you can walk through various regions of desert plants. In the back, you can experience the ever-popular Cactarium, a small greenhouse of an amazing cactus collection. If you love cactus plants and succulents add this to your must-experience list.
You can read more about my visit to Moorten Botanical Gardens here
Joshua Tree National Park
roughly 1 Hour East outside of Palm Springs
Joshua Tree National Park is one of the most unique parks in all of the National Parks. While I’ve only been to a handful, I’m judging based off the alien-like plant life and crazy rock formations. Be smart and map out your visit to an actual entrance and not just the park name. Our first trip landed us in the backcountry (oops). Our second trip we found our way through an actual entrance and saw so much more. Some of my favorite areas were the hike to Baker’s Dam, Skull Rock, and Cholla Cactus Garden. Read more here.
50700 Seminole Dr. roughly 25 minutes North West of Palm Springs
If these guys seem kinda familiar to you, you may be a fan of two movies from the 1980s: The Wizard and Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. If not, you probably have seen them all over Instagram and Pinterest. They are pretty awesome – and you can even go inside for a fee. I recommend climbing up into T-Rex’s head! Someone made an animatronic creationism museum connected to the dino’s if you want to pretend dinosaurs walked the earth with people 5000 years ago. It’s a little entertaining.
Visit Indian Canyons
38500 S. Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs
Just on the edge of Palm Springs is Indian Canyons a secluded, beautiful landscape of the worlds 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.
Palm Springs Aerial Tram
1 Tramway Rd.
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 Doors
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!
Palm Springs on the blog
What To Know Before You Go
Safety: Crime? I’m sure it happens but everywhere in Palm Springs feels pretty safe. I’d say the biggest threat against 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!
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.