Nestled at the foot of the San Jacinto Mountains is a town with as many palm trees as residents, more golf courses than houses, and footprints from Sinatra, Martin, and Davis Jr.
The tall, swaying namesakes of Palm Springs are a nice alternative to concrete skyscrapers that litter downtown metropolises. In fact, little has changed since the boys of the Rat Pack decided to make this desert oasis a home away from home. Many of the original buildings and hotels have retained their mid-century charm, and stand as unofficial monuments to the “good ol’ days.” But the good ol’ days haven’t gone anywhere—they’ve just become a little more modern. Spend the day galivanting atop San Jacinto Peak after you’ve taken the Palm Springs aerial tramway to the top. And for your evening activities? Taking in a performance of the Fabulous Follies should keep you entertained long after the sun says goodbye.
Other than being an escape for the stars, this city is known for wide open fairways and forgiving greens. Whether you have your own set of clubs or need rentals, the courses you can play on after you book Palm Springs vacation packages are worthy both of PGA professionals and fair-weather players. Indian Canyons, Escena, Desert Willow, and the Gary Player Signature Course at Mission Hills are just a few you should consider teeing up at. But if spending time hitting a small white ball around isn’t for you, the shopping in Palm Springs is to die for. The stores along N. Indian Canyon Drive range from small fashion boutiques to high-end antique stores. Let us be blunt: the things to do in Palm Springs won’t leave you dissatisfied.
Your mind is already on vacation. All that’s left for you to do is physically go. Don’t stress about what to do in Palm Springs—just let it happen and don’t forget the sunscreen.