Visit Palm Springs
Located in California’s Coachella Valley, Palm Springs is your go-to desert hotspot known for its killer sunny vibes, retro-cool mid-century designs, and nightlife that’s always buzzing. Spend your days relaxing by the pool in a luxurious vacation rental home or explore the iconic Palm Springs Art Museum. Want a bird’s-eye view of the desert? Hop on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway for a ride that will whisk you up to the top of Mount San Jacinto – the panoramic sights of the vast desert beneath are mind-blowing. Golf enthusiasts will find world-class courses suited to every skill level. Palm Springs is also home to a variety of upscale boutiques, art galleries, and dining options for every taste.
For a list of all of our favorite activities and places to dine, the best times to visit, and more, please visit our Palm Springs Area Guide.
Visit Joshua Tree
Just an hour away from Palm Springs, you’ll find Joshua Tree, a unique destination where the Mojave and Colorado deserts meet. It’s known for its rugged rock formations, vast sandy desert landscapes, and of course, its legendary Joshua Trees. Joshua Tree National Park offers a ton of hiking trails and rock climbing spots for all skill levels making it an ideal getaway spot for outdoor enthusiasts. Explore the Cholla Cactus Garden, a dense area of cholla cacti, or visit Keys View for the ultimate vantage point for a killer view of the entire Coachella Valley. For a change of pace, visit the small towns around the park, filled with art galleries, eclectic shops, and local restaurants that reflect the area’s artistic and laid-back vibe. Whether you’re looking for a serene retreat in nature or an adventurous exploration of the desert, Joshua Tree won’t disappoint.
Head over to our Joshua Tree Area Guide to get the lowdown on our top picks for activities, dining spots, the best times to visit, and a whole lot more.