A playground for Hollywood’s rich and famous, Palm Springs is the desert oasis you don’t want to miss. The main turf in the Coachella Valley, this retro-chic city turned luxurious getaway attracts snowbirds, hipsters, and stars from all around the world.
When you’re finished lounging poolside with a cocktail in hand, skip town in your Palm Springs rental car for even more desert wonderland and chill time.
Embrace the laid back vibe in Palm Springs and you’ll enjoy a weekend well spent.
Roll through the city in your Palm Springs car rental and head to this canyon-cuddly gondola ride. While you’re at the top, stick around for a bite at the restaurant or cafe.
Get your political and sightseeing fix at Sunnylands, the estate of Walter and Leonore Annenberga, a prominent space for diplomatic meetings where you can walk the same halls and gardens of past presidents.
Hidden away on a low-key back street, explore the oddities and curious treasures at the Antique Galleries. Peruse the vintage appliances and retro furnishings and see what grabs your attention.
Tear yourself away from the glamtastic air of Palm Springs, and you’ll gain a gratifying experience roaming the heart-stirring natural landscapes with the option of returning later to dine al fresco.
Spare a day or two and marvel over the twisty Joshua trees. A treat for stargazers and rock climbers, the rugged landscape is dotted with cacti, stark boulders, and spring wildflowers.
Not to be confused with the giant annual music festival, find the Coachella Valley Preserve 10 miles east of Palm Springs in an arid desert primed for hiking.
Venture away from the star-studded city, and you’ll arrive in a hiking paradise at Indian Canyons. Made up of three canyons, opt for horseback riding instead or stay at one of the nearby resorts.
Get off the beaten track and book a Palm Springs car rental, preferably with four-wheel drive, for a glimpse of the Orocopia and Chuckwalla Mountains in your rear-view mirror.
As the swaying palm trees disappear only to be replaced by pines and firs, this picturesque byway journeys past Mount San Jacinto State Park and San Bernardino National Forest.
Well worth the time and distance, cruise along this route toward Julian, with pit stops in the national parks or in the charming towns of Pinyon Pines, Little Paradise, and Oak Grove.