Welcome to Palm Springs, CA!
A desert oasis beloved by everyone from aging hippies to Frank Sinatra to Miley Cyrus, Palm Springs has lived many lives over the years. Equidistant from San Diego and Los Angeles, Palm Springs is a weird amalgam of California cultures. Full of midcentury architecture, colorful doors, funky hotels, over the top spas, you name it, Palm Springs has got it. And when you’re ready to leave the booming little town, head further into the valley to explore everything from waterfalls to Joshua Tree. Palm Springs’ population ebbs and flows throughout the year, always bringing in new faces and new things to explore and people to meet. Over the next few days you’ll get to take in all that Palm Springs has to offer and realize there is so much more hidden away that you just may never want to leave!
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Here's Whym's top ten things to know about Palm Springs, CA
Palm Springs is the ultimate adult playground. Whether you’re looking for hiking, shopping, art, golf, or world-class events like Coachella, it’s all right here. Of course you might just want to lay by a pool or soak in the healing mineral baths. Either way, Palm Springs has you covered.
Finding Your Way
City Center is usually best explored on foot or by bike but you’ll want your own wheels to get around the rest of the valley. Lyfts are also always available. & there is the famous Buzz Bus, a free bus service that runs from 12pm-10pm every 20 minutes Thursday-Sunday to be able to pool party hop & never have to drive!
Palm Springs International is one of the Top 10 Most Stress-Free Airports in America. There aren’t many flights though, so your best bet is to fly to LA & rent a car since you’ll need one to get around town once in the desert.
The Cahuilla people settled the area 2,000 years ago & lived in isolation from other cultures for hundreds of years. It would become part of the U.S. in 1848 & by the 1950’s it would be a haven for the rich & famous. Today it has found yet another identity, home to festivals & fun for all ages.
Why Am I Here?
Palm Springs is a desert city known for its natural hot springs, stylish hotels, amazing pools, world-class golf courses & spas. It’s also famous for its midcentury-modern architecture, great shopping along Palm Canyon Drive & delicious restaurants. & you can’t forget the famous Joshua Tree National Park, an amazing desert phenomenon.
With its dry desert climate, Palm Springs is most popular from October to May when evenings get as low as 45° at night, but is in the 70-80° range during the day. The rest of the year is very hot, often reaching over 100°.
You can’t leave without a Date Shake from Hadley’s. A Brandini bar is a delicious ice cream snack for a break from the heat. And a cocktail by the pool or a locally-brewed IPA at La Quinta Brewing are musts.
Shopping is practically a sport here. Popular gifts are vintage postcards, Brandini Toffee, locally grown dates, or El Buen Cacao chocolate bars.
Palm Springs takes a light & breezy attitude towards clothing. You’ll see linen, cotton, hats & sunglasses. Pack layers in the winter when the days are warm & evenings are cool. Spring & summer are perfect bathing suit weather but don’t forget a coverup for walking through the hotels.
During the winter, the population triples & popular events like Coachella & the International Film Festival bring in a whole new crowd of vacationers.