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3 Days in Palm Springs

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Palm Springs has long been a haven for those fleeing wintery climes, a playground for Hollywood stars, and a golf mecca, but now it is being reborn as a year round place for fun and sun. Contributing to the resurgence are film and music festivals, a revived interest in mid-century architecture, the rebirth of many great hotels, casino gaming, and a burgeoning world class dining scene. Palm Springs and the surrounding resort communities have something for everyone, and when you leave you'll understand the tagline "P.S, I love you."

Good for
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Like a Local

17 Places

3 City Tips

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17 Places

Day 1

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

Hotels

The River at Rancho Mirage

Historic Walking Areas

Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

Zoos

El Paseo Shopping District

Shopping Malls

Lavender Bistro

Restaurants

Day 2

The Saguaro Palm Springs

Hotels

Moorten Botanical Garden

Gardens

Palm Springs Air Museum

Educational sites, History Museums, Speciality Museums

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Tramways

Desert Hills Premium Outlets

Factory Outlets

Spencer's Restaurant

Restaurants

Day 3

Ingleside Inn

Hotels

Palm Canyon Drive

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Palm Springs Art Museum

Art Museums

VillageFest

Flea & Street Markets, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Le Vallauris

Restaurants

The Steakhouse at Agua Caliente

Restaurants

scottca075's City Tips

  • You are in the desert: Drink water at every chance. Stay hydrated!
  • Bring your bathing suit! Pool time is a must.
  • Fly into the convenient Palm Springs International Airport (PSP).
    Day 1
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    JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
    Hotels
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    scottca075 Says:

    At the Desert Springs JW Marriott, you have tennis courts, a spa to rub out the kinks of the day with a massage, two 18-hole championship golf courses, pools that are hit with adults and kids alike, and more. Onsite is a wide variety of restaurants and lounges including Japanese, seafood, and contemporary American cuisine.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • In winter, get a spot poolside early.
    • Book a spa day and rejuvenate yourself.
    • Schedule a boat ride in the resort's waterway.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 23 Hotels in Palm Desert
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • High expectations, mostly exceeded 24/11/2017
    • APPRECIATION 23/11/2017
    • JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
    Address:
    74855 Country Club Dr
    Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92260
    Other:
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    The River at Rancho Mirage
    Historic Walking Areas
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    scottca075 Says:

    The River at Rancho Mirage is a great outdoor shopping and dining venue with water features running through it. Dining options range from east coast favorite Five Guys Burgers to the tony Fleming's Prime Steak.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Cinemark Theaters are a great place to cool off in summer.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 19 things to do in Rancho Mirage
    • Excellent restaurants. 10/11/2017
    • Several Good and Fun Restaurants Available 10/11/2017
    • The River at Rancho Mirage
    Address:
    71800 Highway 111
    Rancho Mirage, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92270-4492
    Phone:
    +1 760-341-2711
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 18:00
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Living Desert Zoo & Gardens
    Zoos
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    scottca075 Says:

    The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens started as the Living Desert Museum in attempt to preserve some desert in its natural state as development blossomed in the area. From that modest beginning it has grown a significant botanical garden and zoo that highlights desert animals and participates in important captive breeding programs.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear comfortable shoes.
    • Go early in the morning during summer.
    • Check the schedule before going for special events.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 59 things to do in Palm Desert
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Living Desert Zoo and Gardens and So Much More! 24/11/2017
    • Fun Couple Hours 23/11/2017
    • Living Desert Zoo & Gardens
    Address:
    47900 Portola Ave
    Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92260-6156
    Phone:
    +1 760-346-5694
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    El Paseo Shopping District
    Shopping Malls
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    scottca075 Says:

    The desert communities of Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, and the surrounding communities have a relatively small population, but you'd never know it by the quality of shopping offered — and nowhere more so than in the El Paseo Shopping District. You might be forgiven for thinking you were on Rodeo Drive or Fifth Avenue, but no, you really still are in the California desert. Not only does the El Paseo Shopping District have great stores, but many fine restaurants as well.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Shop till you drop and then drop into a chair on a restaurant patio to people watch.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 59 things to do in Palm Desert
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice shopping area 23/11/2017
    • Amazing shopping 18/11/2017
    • El Paseo Shopping District
    Address:
    73472 El Paseo
    Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92260-4268
    Phone:
    +1 877-735-7273
    Other:
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    Lavender Bistro
    Restaurants (American)
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    scottca075 Says:

    Lavender Bistro is one of the nicest spaces in the desert, and it serves great food to match the ambiance. French doors open to a beautiful patio where the tables are shaded by trees and the trees covered in lights. This is one of the most romantic restaurants in the Coachella Valley.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Couples
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Stop by on a weekend night for live entertainment.
    • Sit by the fire pit in the evening to enjoy a glass of champagne.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 101 restaurants in La Quinta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful, but good ... 21/11/2017
    • Mad Rush Gave Us Indigestion 21/11/2017
    • Lavender Bistro
    Address:
    78073 Calle Barcelona
    La Quinta, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92253-2922
    Phone:
    +1 760-564-5353
    Price range:
    USD 31 - USD 50
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    17:30 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    The Saguaro Palm Springs
    Hotels
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    scottca075 Says:

    Did someone say pool party? The Saguaro Palm Springs is evidence of why Palm Springs is hot again. This ain't your mamma's Palm Springs. The crowd is young and hip, the hotel bright and vibrant, and the fun infectious. You don't need to be young to enjoy a visit here, just young at heart.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Get a "Date Shake Detox" in the Saguaro Spa.
    • Enjoy a meal at Chef Jose Garces' tapas restaurant, Tinto.
    • Bring more than one bathing suit — pool time is cool time!
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 75 Hotels in Palm Springs
    • noisy shabby hotel 23/11/2017
    • The hip hotel in Palm Springs 17/11/2017
    • The Saguaro Palm Springs
    Address:
    1800 E Palm Canyon Dr
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92264-1617
    Phone:
    (760) 300-1622
    Other:
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    Moorten Botanical Garden
    Gardens
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    scottca075 Says:

    Chester 'Cactus Slim' Moorten was a Hollywood actor who followed many colleagues into the desert for rest and relaxation. Moorten and his wife Patricia fell in love with the desert and especially the plucky vegetation that survived in this harsh environment. That was the beginning, and they collected various species of cacti and planted a garden. What began as modest hobby in 1939 is now a significant botanical garden with over 3,000 species of desert cacti and desert plants from around the globe.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Visit early in the morning.
    • Wear a hat and bring a bottle of water.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 120 things to do in Palm Springs
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Historical Garden Worth Visiting 21/11/2017
    • Desert Plants 08/11/2017
    • Moorten Botanical Garden
    Address:
    1701 S Palm Canyon Dr
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92264-8936
    Phone:
    +1 760-327-6555
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 16:00
    Other:
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    Palm Springs Air Museum
    Educational sites, History Museums, Speciality Museums
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    scottca075 Says:

    The Palm Springs Air Museum is a relative newcomer in Palm Springs, established only in 1994, but it has one of the finest collections of WWII era war planes, many of which were built in Southern California. There are currently 29 aircraft in the museum, some of which you may recognize from various Hollywood productions!

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Talk a walk through the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress.
    • Engage one of the museum docents in a conversation. Many of them flew or repaired these airplanes.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 120 things to do in Palm Springs
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Awesome Air Museum 22/11/2017
    • HISTORY 21/11/2017
    • Palm Springs Air Museum
    Address:
    745 N Gene Autry Trl
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92262-5464
    Phone:
    +1 760-778-6262
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
    Tramways
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    scottca075 Says:

    The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is one of Palm Springs' absolute must do's. It is the world's largest rotating aerial tramway. You never need to worry about where to stand because the cabin rotates to give you stunning views on a constant basis. The tram delivers you to an over 8,500 foot (2,600 meter) mountain top. At the top you can play in the snow in winter, hike trails during summer, or eat a meal in an upscale restaurant. The views are unbelievable and never-ending.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Check the temperature before you go. You may need to dress warmly!
    • Enjoy a culinary experience at Peaks Restaurant.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 120 things to do in Palm Springs
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Spectacular View of the Palm Springs Area 24/11/2017
    • Great...once you get there. 24/11/2017
    • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
    Address:
    1 Tramway Rd
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92262-1828
    Phone:
    +1 760-325-1391
    Other:
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    Desert Hills Premium Outlets
    Factory Outlets
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    scottca075 Says:

    Desert Hills Premium Outlets, a few miles west of Palm Springs, is truly a shoppers' paradise. When combined with the nearby Cabazon Outlets, it provides shoppers with a selection of over 200 shops. Bargain hunters from all points flock here.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Sign up online to get special discounts sent to you over e-mail.
    • Take a break from shopping in the Casino Morongo next door, and refuel at the buffet.
    • Get a "Date Shake" from Hadley's Fruit Orchard for the drive back to Palm Springs.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Cabazon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Huge! 21/11/2017
    • The place to be for attractive discount 19/11/2017
    • Desert Hills Premium Outlets
    Address:
    48400 Seminole Dr
    Cabazon, CA 92230-2125
    Phone:
    +1 951-849-6641
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Spencer's Restaurant
    Restaurants (American)
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    scottca075 Says:

    Spencer's Restaurant is one the many highly regarded restaurants in the Palm Springs area. The restaurant is set against the San Jacinto Mountains and features California-Pacific Rim cuisine.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Ask to be seated on the patio.
    • Don't miss Sunday brunch and order a mimosa.
    • Try the lobster potstickers.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 256 restaurants in Palm Springs
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Still doing it right! 21/11/2017
    • Nice place for special celebrations 20/11/2017
    • Spencer's Restaurant
    Address:
    701 W Baristo Rd
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92262-6325
    Phone:
    +1 760-327-3446
    Price range:
    USD 11 - USD 49
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    Ingleside Inn
    Hotels
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    scottca075 Says:

    The Ingleside Inn is one of Palm Springs' most celebrated and storied old hotels. Built as a private estate in 1925 and converted to an inn in 1935, it has hosted a veritable 'who's who' of Hollywood and society. There is a timeless grace and charm to it.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you stay here, choose the Gable-Lombard Honeymoon Room.
    • Have dinner at the elegant Melvyn’s Restaurant.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #44 of 75 Hotels in Palm Springs
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Adults only hotel 17/11/2017
    • HASTE MAKES WASTED 16/11/2017
    • Ingleside Inn
    Address:
    200 W Ramon Rd
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92264-7385
    Phone:
    (760) 325-0046
    Other:
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    Palm Canyon Drive
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    scottca075 Says:

    If the desert communities of Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, Bermuda Dunes, La Quinta, and Indio were a living creature, Palm Canyon Drive (Highway 111) would be the artery of life giving blood. The road winds its way through the desert with shops, restaurants, hotels, country clubs, and housing developments feeding off it. A drive down the highway is a great introduction to the area.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Pull over whenever something catches your eye. The route is full of surprises.
    • Join in at VillageFest in Downtown Palm Springs.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 120 things to do in Palm Springs
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Key access road in PS 18/11/2017
    • In the heart of Palm Springs 15/11/2017
    • Palm Canyon Drive
    Address:
    E Palm Canyon Dr
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92264-1642
    Phone:
    +1 760-333-6820
    Other:
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    Palm Springs Art Museum
    Art Museums
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    scottca075 Says:

    The Palm Springs Art Museum is an impressive regional museum of contemporary art, sculpture, studio art glass, and architecture archives. The permanent collection is comprised of an array of Classic Western American Art, contemporary Native American Art, and an Architecture and Design section. It is also known for the Annenberg Theater, a live performance venue that brings a variety of acts from Broadway shows, to vocal groups, to soloists.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Check the schedule for special exhibitions and performances.
    • Make a reservation for a Frey House II tour.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 120 things to do in Palm Springs
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • World class museum, well curated and displayed. 24/11/2017
    • An absolute gem! 21/11/2017
    • Palm Springs Art Museum
    Address:
    101 N Museum Dr
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92262-5659
    Phone:
    +1 760-322-4800
    Hours:
    Tue - Wed
    10:00 - 17:00
    Thu
    12:00 - 20:00
    Fri - Sun
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    VillageFest
    Flea & Street Markets, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    scottca075 Says:

    VillageFest is the Thursday night open air street fair and street market. Three blocks of Palm Canyon Drive in Downtown Palm Springs are closed off to traffic so that an eclectic array of artists, vendors, entertainers, and local farmers can take over.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Bring Fido — dogs are welcome.
    • Come hungry. There is a tempting panoply of food choices.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 120 things to do in Palm Springs
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun time! 22/11/2017
    • A great outdoor event! 21/11/2017
    • VillageFest
    Address:
    Palm Canyon Drive between Baristo and Amado
    Downtown
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA
    Phone:
    +1 760-320-3781
    Hours:
    Thu
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Le Vallauris
    Restaurants (French, International, Contemporary)
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    scottca075 Says:

    Le Vallauris is one of the finest dining venues in the Coachella Valley. It has a small, intimate dining room, an expansive patio, and rooms for private parties. The cooking is classically French and uses local ingredients that are naturally grown and raised whenever possible.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Choose the weekly prix fixe special.
    • Sign up for the monthly cooking demonstration that includes a gourmet meal.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 256 restaurants in Palm Springs
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • France in Palm Springs 24/11/2017
    • A very special thanksgiving. 23/11/2017
    • Le Vallauris
    Address:
    385 W Tahquitz Canyon Way
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92262-5647
    Phone:
    +1 760-325-5059
    Price range:
    USD 55 - USD 85
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    17:00 - 22:00
    Fri - Sun
    11:30 - 14:00
    Other:
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    The Steakhouse at Agua Caliente
    Restaurants (American, Steakhouse)
    scottca075 Says:

    Much of the Coachella Valley lies on Native American land, and in the past few decades that has meant a growth of Las Vegas style casinos. The biggest and best is the Agua Caliente Casino. In addition to the table games and slot machines, the casino is home to some of the best dining and entertainment in the valley.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Check the entertainment schedule for what headliners are appearing.
    • Dine at the Steakhouse for some of the best prime beef in the area.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 84 restaurants in Rancho Mirage
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful dinner. 18/11/2017
    • happy Birthday 12/10/2017
    • The Steakhouse at Agua Caliente
    Address:
    32250 Bob Hope Dr
    Agua Caliente
    Rancho Mirage, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92270-2704
    Phone:
    +1 888-999-1995
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    17:00 - 22:00
    Fri - Sat
    17:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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