PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA
Earning its place as a Top 25 Travelers Choice US destination, Palm Springs is nestled at the base of the majestic San Jacinto Mountains, sheltered by the Little San Bernardino Mountains to the North and the Santa Rose Mountains to the South. Surrounded by unique and inspiring landscapes, Palm Springs is the ultimate playground. A haven for nature lovers, a laid-back, sun drenched desert oasis where the streets are lined with palm trees, vintage shops, world-class museums, colorful cafes and modern architecture. Culturally diverse, Palm Springs draws from both its Hollywood Legacy and Native American Heritage. Tour the homes of the stars or hike the rocky gorges and ancient palm groves of the lush Indian Canyons on the Agua Caliente tribal land.
The Wonders of California Nature
The mountains that shelter this small and scenic town make it the perfect destination for outdoor adventure. Explore the panoramic vistas of the Indian Canyons with over 100 miles of trails through ancient palm groves and colorful landscapes. Take a journey through the Deserts of the World and surround yourself with butterflies at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, or stroll through the maze of pathways lined with palms and cactuses at the Moorten Botanical Garden and Cacturium. Experience panoramic views of Palm Springs with an unparalleled golfing experience at the scenic Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort.
Palm Springs is the gateway to the unique Joshua Tree National Park, where two deserts meet in a wilderness of surreal geological features. Explore the trails on foot or horseback, be adventurous with some rock-climbing or simply be mesmerized as you star-gaze up at the spectacular night skies. Be sure to visit the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum, 10 acres of weird and amazing sculptures in the Mohave Desert Foothills. A vacation in Palm Springs is not complete without a journey on the famous Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, travelling up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon in the world’s largest rotating tramcar to a pristine wilderness atop Mount San Jacinto, 8500 feet above the desert floor.
An ecclectic display of unique stores, galleries, museums and cafes welcome you to the palm lined streets of Palm Springs. Explore downtown on the Buzz Trolley - the Backstreet Art District is abuzz with unique galleries and studios and the retro Uptown Design District offers modern designs, art and fashion and many of Palm Spring’s trendiest restaurants. Spot a celebrity on a Celebrity Home Tour through the residential areas or discover and learn at many world-class museums. The Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert inspires curious minds through interactive exhibits, a rope maze, rock climbing and so much more for the kids. Visit the Palm Springs Art Museum, walk the paths of the Architecture and Design Center and explore the sculpture gardens. Just 14 miles out of Palm Springs is the McCallum Theatre, a state-of-the-art performing arts center with Broadway Shows, Comedy and a variety of Music Events.
Whether you are looking to unwind poolside with a cocktail, relax and rejuvenate at a luxury spa or dance the night away at a Tiki Bar, Palm Springs offers endless entertainment offers. Dine alfresco under the starlit skies, enjoy live entertainment and great arts and crafts at the weekly Villagefest downtown, or try your hand at gambling at the Agua Calienta or Spa Resort Casino. Palm Springs offers endless hip festivals and events from film festivals to food festivals. Be sure to view the Calendar of Events when planning your trip - there is plenty of fun to be had in Palm Springs. Speaking of events, if you are planning a wedding, corporate event, birthday party or any other gathering in the Palm Springs area we highly recommend the architectural marvel event center, TheBank. Built in 1955, this mid-century modern style building has plenty of room for the perfect Palm Springs event and is sure to impress.
Things to Do a Little Further Out of Town
Looking to explore a little further? Palm Springs is surrounded by desert cities worth visiting, including Rancho Mirage, Desert Hot Springs, Palm Desert, Indian Wells and La Quinta. For something different, we suggest:
- The Integratron’s Signature Experience (Landers) – An unforgettable experience of deep relaxation and recharging in a Sound Bath. Experience a 60-minute sonic healing session in a chamber with the relaxing sound of quartz crystal bowls playing.
- Gubler Orchards (Landers) – While in the area, head to Gubler Orchards, a world renowned little oasis in the middle of the desert.
- Salvation Mountain (Niland) - Take Route 111 south from Palm Springs along the Salton Sea to Niland. Pass through Niland, a somewhat ghost town, to Salvation Mountain, one of the largest pieces of Folk Art in the world.
- Slab City – For something completely different, venture a few miles east of Salvation Mountain to Slab City, “the last free place on earth”, an abandoned military base where artists, musicians and snowbirds take refuge to live a life off the grid.
Dry Heat Resorts welcomes you to Palm Springs, a unique desert getaway where time moves slower and life is good. Make your stay a special one in one of our Luxury Palm Springs Vacation Homes.