Palm Springs in the California desert’s Coachella Valley is a vacation destination set in the Sonoran Desert surrounded by four different mountain ranges. Known for mid-century modern style, an abundance of championship golf courses, warm weather, and a fun and welcoming vibe, the city, along with several surrounding communities known collectively as the Coachella Valley, is a popular winter destination. Events such as the Coachella and Stagecoach Festivals in nearby Indio attract younger people. VillageFest is held on Thursday evenings in downtown Palm Springs. A quarter-mile stretch of Palm Canyon Drive is closed to traffic.
Palm Springs is a major tennis and golf destination with the Coachella Valley as the most popular golf vacation destination in California. Palm Springs and nearby cities like La Quinta, Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage, and Palm Desert have over 100 championship-level golf courses. Many of the city’s best courses are public and accessible to anyone, waiting lists are long during popular seasons.
The largest rotating aerial tramcars in the world can be found at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. It travels over two-and-one-half miles along the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon. During your approximately ten-minute journey, tramcars rotate slowly. Next drive an hour north of Palm Springs to Joshua Tree National Park, where miles of hiking trails traverse the surreal landscape known for its twisting, otherworldly trees and giant boulders
Visit Indian Canyons and be sure to start with one of the main areas, Palm Canyon. This 15-mile long canyon, complete with a creek and waterfalls, is lined with large palm trees. In fact, the canyon is home to the world’s largest grove of California fan palms. The canyon is home to a range of hiking trails of varying lengths and difficulties. Andreas Canyon, another canyon area within the Indian Canyons park, is also worth checking out and is known as a good place to see birds. Tahquitz Canyon is another protected canyon area with lots of hiking trails and is home to a 60-foot-tall waterfall.
Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center is home to the world’s largest collection of intact mid-century modern buildings in the world. Design and architecture fans come from all over the world, and there are many events, including open houses, film screenings, and home tours of architecturally significant structures. The Palm Springs Art Museum’s Architecture and Design Center is a unique and free attraction that is worth a stop, particularly if you are interested in architecture or design.
Greater Palm Springs Pride
Palms Springs is the biggest and gayest destination on Earth. Palm Springs has one of the highest concentrations of same-sex couples of any community in the United States. Because of its incredible nature, retro-chic vibes, mid-Century architecture, and an epic line up of events annually it is a great fit. Palm Springs hosts the Greater Palm Springs Pride Celebration. The city is home to 20 clothing-optional resorts including many catering to gay men. Palm Springs has more than 300 days of sunshine each year. The Coachella Valley is small enough to explore by hiring a bike for the weekend.