An oasis in the middle of the Sonoran desert, Palm Springs is a city full of glamour and retro charm, set against a backdrop of breathtaking mountains. Follow in the footsteps of legendary stars and past American presidents and take in the area’s astounding arid beauty on a Palm Springs holiday.
Known as Hollywood’s playground, there’s a palpable feel of glitz to the city, with its retro architecture and continued history as a retreat for celebrities. Head downtown to the city’s beating heart and you’ll come across the Palm Springs Walk of Stars, honouring those celebrities that have once called the area home. You’ll also find Palm Springs Drive – take a leisurely wander along the road, browsing boutiques and galleries as you go, or stop for a bite of food at one of the many great eateries.
The Natural Wonder of Palm Springs
More than just a glamorous city, a holiday to Palm Springs also offers a bounty of natural wonders. Ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway 2.5 miles along Chino Canyon – an awe-inspiring experience in itself – to the Mountain Station 8,516 feet above. Simply take in the mountain views or take to the trails and traverse Mount San Jacinto State Park. Head to Joshua Tree National Park, where the Mojave and Colorado deserts join, and hike through the striking landscape that’s been formed by the meeting of these two ecosystems.
If you want more of the glitz, glamour and southern Californian sunshine, continue on to the nearby cities of Hollywood or San Diego or head further afield. The Palm Springs International Airport also makes it simple to jet to other areas of the United States and Canada – why not take a direct flight to New York or Vancouver?
Great sample itineraries
If you’re looking for things to do in Palm Springs, why not take some inspiration from our sample itineraries, or give our Destination Specialists a call so we can put together a Palm Springs holiday tailored to you.
EagleRider Wild West Guided Motorcycle Tour
Beverly Hills, San Diego & Palm Springs Multi Centre
Explore Palm Springs
Palm Springs is an easy destination to get around and even has the PS Buzz Trolley for a fast and free option that runs in a loop along downtown and Palm Canyon Drive. Visit
Visit Indian Canyons
The Indian Canyons were once home to the Agua Caliente natives and include three canyons: Murray Canyon, roamed by a herd of wild ponies and peninsula bighorn sheep; Andreas Canyon, dominated by sharp rock formations; and Palm Canyon, with its tall washingtonia palms. Join a jeep tour and see the historic remnants of the Agua Caliente, including house pits, rock art, bedrock mortars, pictographs, and stone houses.
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
Great for families, The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is a great place to explore and see desert conservation and education of habitats from the Colorado Desert and other deserts around the world. Allow 3-4 hours to see the park and participate in daily activities, but choose your visit wisely, as temperatures around midday could be a little uncomfortable during summer months. Morning visits here will also give you the opportunity to watch some of the animals eating breakfast and exerting a little energy after waking. Take the shuttle from the African Village WaTuTu to the wildlife hospital or join the two-hour riding safari and tour. Visit the Ant Lab to see the busy colony of 2,000 ants or catch sight of giraffes, mountain lions, cheetahs, and wolves in their desert homes.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is the world’s largest rotating tramcar. During the ten minute, two and a half mile journey, cars rotate slowly to make the most of the stunning views across the valley. The ride carries you along the picturesque cliffs of Chino Canyon, up to the rugged wilderness of Mount San Jacinto State Park, arriving at a station at 8,516 feet. Here you will find observation decks, a museum, restaurants, and gift shop as well as many hiking trails.
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It’s warm all year round in Palm Springs, with scorching summers and mild winters. You can expect temperatures of around 25ºC in the summer season and 15ºC in winter. Winter is classed as the rainy season, but it doesn’t actually rain much and, when it does, the blue skies soon return.
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"You can't leave the desert before you've tried a date shake. They’re made from locally grown dates and ice cream and they’re absolutely delicious."
"The best way to travel Palm Springs is by car, as you’ll then be able to explore the nine cities of Greater Palm Springs. This also gives you a great opportunity to venture out and see the surrounding areas."
Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
This infamous festival draws celebrities and instagram influencers every April and it’s no wonder why. It sees some of the world’s most famous artists performing to huge crowds, as well as pretty incredible art installations.
Another important date in April is Stagecoach Festival. A little smaller and a little more country than Coachella, Stagecoach features country heroes and folksy art.
Memorial Day Flower Drop & Air Fair
Held at the Palm Springs Air Museum on Memorial Day, this fair commemorates those who’ve died whilst serving the country with flight exhibitions and a flower drop of red and white carnations.
Festival of Lights Parade
On the first Saturday of each December, thousands flock to Palm Canyon Drive to see this parade, which includes marching bands, drum squads, drill teams, giant helium balloons, lighted floats and even horses.
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