Dear friends, you need to visit Palm Springs, California.
My family took our first trip to Palm Springs in April of this year, and it was phenomenal.
We spent a week laughing and exploring in one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.
Palm Springs is a magical little area in Southern California that is best known for its hot springs, spas, midcentury-modern architecture, hotels, and scenery.
It’s a gorgeous little city that is surrounded by mountains on all sides.
Our visit to Palm Springs was my first time in Southern California, and I totally fell in love.
I mean, the selection of produce at the farmer’s markets ALONE was enough to get me to consider moving. (I’m sort of joking.)
Must-See Spots in Palm Springs:
It wasn’t easy to narrow down the must-see spots in the city because there are so many.
The main strip, Palm Canyon Drive, has a number of restaurants, design shops, boutiques and cute cafes. The surrounding Coachella Valley has a ton of hikes and trails, making it the perfect place for a family vacation.
Regardless of whether you’re there to shop, swim or sun, there’s something for everyone.
The Integratron: This is probably one of the coolest places I’ve ever visited in my entire life. I don’t want to give too much away about the sound bath, so all I can say is make your reservation early and be in for a sensory experience unlike anything else.
Pioneertown: A complete Western town was created as a movie set for old Westerns. Walking around here makes you feel like you’ve entered West World. It’s literally vlog-gold.
Power Yoga Palm Springs: I love checking out different power yoga studios when I go to new cities. This place didn’t disappoint. I had a wonderful, restorative class and the woman who owns the place is cute as a button.
The Parker Hotel: This is by-far the most Instagrammable hotel I’ve ever visited. Every nook of this place is gorgeous, and the brunch we had at Norma’s was off the charts. The food was delicious, the drinks were refreshing and they’ve got gluten-free bread! If we didn’t have an awesome AirBnb, we would’ve moved over to this spot to stay.
Spencer’s Restaurant: A delicious American restaurant that won’t disappoint. The food is delicious and the decor is gorgeous.
Rooster And The Pig: Definitely the best Vietnamese meal I’ve ever had in the country. Yes, I said the country. Must-stop spot if you love Asian food.
Koffi Coffee: The cutest local coffee shop in the Palm Springs area. They make the best iced-mocha with almond milk that I’ve ever had the pleasure of consuming.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway: Say goodbye to your comfort zone with this one! Conquer your fear of heights on the world’s largest, rotating tramcar that ascends 2.5 miles for some epic views.
Joshua Tree National Park: This was definitely the highlight of the trip for me. It’s well-worth the 1.5-hour drive from Palm Springs to Joshua Tree. The park is breathtakingly beautiful; one day was not even close to enough time there. I highly recommend visiting the Cholla cactus garden if you make it there.
Indian Canyons: The best hikes you can find in area, located just off the main strip. We enjoyed the 1-mile Andreas Trail hike which almost made us feel like we were in a jungle!
Regardless of whether you’re outdoorsy or love to shop, Palm Springs has something for everyone.
The weather is warm, the architecture is amazing, the food is fantastic, and the sunsets are serene.
I can’t recommend this area of Southern California enough if you’re looking for a week-long escape.
Use my suggestions above or contact the folks at Visit Palm Springs as I’m sure they’d be thrilled to give you a hand if you’re struggling with where to shop, eat and play.