Guide to Palm Springs, CA
Set against the inspiring San Jacinto Mountains, Palm Springs still exudes the charm of its Old Hollywood roots. With 350 days of sunshine and warm weather year-round, it’s easy to see why celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Dean Martin, Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable made Palm Springs their playground. But you don’t need to be a celebrity to call this desert oasis your own – Palm Springs offers a resort-style escape that everyone can enjoy.
The relaxing allure of Palm Springs beckons you to kick back poolside with a cocktail in hand, but you’ll find plenty to do beyond the pool. Palm Springs’ Hollywood roots drew an impressive architectural scene to the desert, and the city remains one of the world’s top destinations for mid-century modern architecture. The Albert Frey, Donald Wexler, John Lautner designs in Palm Springs are the things modernism enthusiasts dream of, as is the annual Modernism Week celebration in February. After checking out Wexler’s steel houses or the futuristic Bob Hope house (a Lautner design), you can pick out a few mid-century modern furnishings to call your own from the Uptown Design District.
A few blocks south, downtown Palm Springs offers some of the city’s best dining, shopping and nightlife options. This thriving district transforms into an outdoor market on Thursday nights during VillageFest, which brings dozens of local vendors, live entertainment and street food galore to Palm Springs.
Palm Springs finds a reason to celebrate all year long, whether it’s to roll out the red carpet for A-list celebrities during the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January, celebrate equality during the White Party and Dinah Shore Weekends in the spring or get a behind-the-scenes peek at the city’s dozens of charming boutique hotels during the Walk of the Inns in December.
Between poolside sessions of sun worship, you can check out the impressive collection of contemporary art at the Palm Springs Art Museum or take a ride up into San Jacinto State Park on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the world’s largest rotating tram. History buffs won’t want to miss the collection of WWII planes at the Palm Springs Air Museum, while those feeling lucky can roll the dice at the Spa Resort Casino. To beat the heat, you can always head out to Knott’s Soak City, where 16 acres of water slides and lazy rivers will keep the entire family cool.
Or you can always spend your days lounging by the pool. We won’t tell.
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