Palm Springs, California, makes for a great little desert getaway. The town has plenty to do so you’ll never be bored, especially if you like relaxing by the pool and unwinding over a long weekend.
We’ve been out to Palm Springs twice now. Each visit has been about 4 days and each time we’ve stayed at Desert Vacation Villas.
The villas are in a great location. They are close to downtown and the rooms are nicely decorated, very comfortable and have all of the amenities that make it great home away from home for any length of time.
If you’re looking for a great hike close to the downtown area, I recommend Museum Trail, appropriately titled for its proximity to the Palm Springs Art Museum. In fact, you could park in the north parking lot of the Museum and be right at the base of the trail head.
It’s a 1.5 mile hike that climbs very quickly!
After just a few minutes, you have a beautiful view of downtown and the Coachella Valley.
Because of the steep incline, we stopped several times to catch our breath, take a sip of water, and to take in the beautiful scenery!
Sunset was a great time for this hike due to the drop in temperature.
A super fun activity is Villagefest, which takes place every Thursday night (October-May 6-10 PM / June-September 7-10 PM). It’s sort of like a big farmer’s market.
The event takes place along Palm Canyon Drive and includes arts, crafts, food, and entertainment!
Another must-do activity is the Aerial Tramway.
The ride begins at the Valley Station.
The rotating tram car takes visitors on a 10 minute journey up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon.
Mountain Station was our final destination.
At an elevation of 8,516 ft, the temperature difference is about 30 degrees from where we were 10 minutes prior.
There was even snow on the ground!
We thoroughly enjoyed walking through the Mount San Jacinto State Park.
Not only were the views of the state park enchanting, but it was fascinating to look down at the valley below.
Palm Springs is well known for its wind turbines.
As the sun set, we took the tram car down the mountain to the valley below.
I wanted to do a little night photography, so we found our way back to the Museum Trail and, using our cell phones as flash lights, walked a little way up the trail to overlook the downtown area. After our adventurous, late night hike, we walked up and down Palm Canyon Drive admiring the eclectic shops and artwork.
The following day, we visited the Palm Springs Art Museum.
The Museum has 28 galleries, two sculpture gardens, a lecture hall, a theater, and a popular café. Definitely worth checking out!
Tip: The museum is FREE on Thursdays from 4-8 pm, so I recommend visiting then and going to the Villagefest after! Note: it will obviously be busier during this time.
Another neat place we came upon during one of our visits to Palm Springs is a cute little diner/music hall called Woody’s.
We hit up Woody’s because they are known for the best burgers in Palm Springs. (I don’t eat burgers, but it’s one of Sam’s favorite foods… plus, I heard Woody’s also had great milkshakes!)
They also have live music nightly, so it is a great place to unwind, enjoy some great food and listen to fantastic music!
All in all, Palm Springs is great for a weekend getaway or for a week-long holiday.
The summers can be brutally hot, so plan your trip accordingly.
Each time we’ve visited, it was April and the weather was perfect!