To put it shortly, Palm Springs is a California desert oasis. Rising up from the Sonoran Desert and flanked by the hills that make the Coachella Valley, Palm Springs is a modern and vibrant city that’s just a short 2-hour drive from Los Angeles.
For more than 50 years, Palm Springs has been a haven for Hollywood celebrities. Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin all used to visit Palm Springs often.
Today, Palm Springs is home to a thriving art community, endless outdoor activities, historic architecture, and some of the world’s best spas. The weather is usually warm and sunny so read on to learn about a few of our favorite fun things to do in Palm Springs!
Art & Culture
The art history in Palm Springs goes back over 100 years. Discover the depth of Palm Spring’s art and culture by attending concerts, museums, public art installations, galleries, art and architecture tours, and more!
With over 300 days of sunshine each year, it’s hardly surprising that Palm Springs is home to over 100 awarded golf courses. Surrounded by the golden California desert mountains, the courses in Palm Springs have views in all directions and are a destination in of themselves.
Palm Springs is widely revered as one of the best golf destinations in the world so getting at least one game in during your vacation in Palm Springs is an absolute must for golf enthusiasts!
No golf clubs? No worries. Golf Alley and Standby Golf in Palm Springs both have great selections of rental clubs.
The Downtown and Uptown Design districts of Palm Springs have an impressive number of beautiful boutiques, consignment stores, art galleries, antiques, and more! Walking around downtown or uptown, shoppers will quickly get a good idea about how much Palm Springs loves bohemian and mid-century modern designs.
For art-related events, be sure to check out the Black Street Art District every first Wednesday of the month or Villagefest weekly every Thursday.
A guided tour is one of the easiest ways to enjoy Palm Springs sightseeing and see the eclectic beauty of Palm Springs or the vast surrounding desert. You can find walking tours, guided tours, Jeep adventures, group bike rides and more being offered out of Palm Springs.
A few of our favorite fun things to do in Palm Springs are the historical walking tours with the Palm Springs Historical Society, the big wheel bike tours in the Wildlands Preserve, the Jeep eco-tours with Red Jeep Adventures, and the architecture/movie star combo tours with Five Star Adventure Tours.
World Famous Spas
Palm Springs has long been a place where people come to relax. With warm, dry air and plenty of natural hot springs, Palm Springs is the ultimate place to get some needed rest and relaxation.
Trip Advisor placed Palm Springs among the top cities for spas, so it would be a mistake to skip an afternoon at one. Our favorite spas are Aqua Soleil Hotel & Mineral Water Spa, La Quinta Spa, The Spa at Desert Springs, The Palm Springs Yacht Club, and Spa La Quinta, just to mention a few.
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