Palm Springs

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.

Frequently Asked Questions about Palm Springs

What to do in Palm Springs with kids?

There's all sorts of fantastic things to do in Palm Springs with the kids. Take them to the north-east side of Palm Springs International Airport, where the Palm Springs Air Museum is located. There's also Knott's Soak City and the Palm Springs Art Museum to keep them busy.

How much are Palm Springs Tram tickets?

Going for a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is a must-do when you visit this desert paradise. It's the largest rotating aerial tramway in the world, and it'll take you to the top of San Jacinto Peak. Adult ticket prices are $25.95, children's tickets are $16.95, and senior citizens can go up for $23.95.

How far is Joshua Tree from Palm Springs?

Joshua Tree National Park is a spectacular wilderness area straddling the Mojave and Colorado Deserts. It is 49 miles from downtown Palm Springs, so take a day to hike around the incredible rock formations.