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Palm Springs is a southern Californian city, best known for its hot springs and upmarket feel. Holidays to Palm Springs have been popular since the Fifties, when some of Hollywood’s biggest names – including Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley – chose Palm Springs as a place to get away from it all. The city still feels pretty exclusive, and a walk down any of its palm-lined (naturally) avenues will reveal cool eateries, galleries and nightlife. You’ll spot unique architecture across the city, everywhere from the space-age Palm Springs Visitor Centre to the homes in the suburbs of Tennis Club and Araby Cove.

Palm Springs has a desert climate, meaning it’s hot and dry mostly year-round. Temperatures in summer regularly reach climb above 40°C, but sunny springs and balmy winters draw plenty of visitors in looking to escape the cold elsewhere. Despite the arid conditions, the wider Palm Springs area is dotted with natural hot springs which can be enjoyed at one of the area’s many spas. The best can be found at Desert Hot Springs, less than 20 minutes’ drive from the heart of the city. To the west, the city is fringed by Mount San Jacinto State Park and mountains, while the Coachella Valley desert marks the eastern border, so the natural world is within touching distance here.

While all kinds of travellers will find plenty to do here, holidays to Palm Springs appeal most to adults. The spa resorts are idyllic hideaways for any romantic break, while the lively pool parties, stylish restaurants and rich art scene make it the perfect setting for a getaway with friends. You’ll feel like a silver-screen icon for a while as you explore a city that’s hot in every sense of the word.

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Best time to go

Things to do in Palm Springs

The Living Desert is home to giraffes, ostriches and lizards, who roam freely throughout the grounds. Tour it alone or take a guided shuttle. Art fans will spot installations and lots of stylish galleries across the city’s Backstreet Art and Uptown Design districts. If history’s more your thing, visit the Palm Springs Art Museum or Air Museum to learn about the city’s past.

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Not sure what to visit first? See the city from Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which climbs more than 1,700 metres up the mountains and rotates for 360-degree views. Temperatures can be up to five degrees lower at the top, so you can make the most of the cooler conditions and tackle the mountain’s hiking trails. Many of the city’s upmarket hotels host lively parties during the spring and summer, or the whole family can cool off at Palm Springs Swim Centre.

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Palm Springs’ natural beauty

The vast Coachella Valley lies on Palm Springs’ doorstep, and it’s packed with hikes and history. Stop at the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum to learn about the desert’s Cahuilla people – it’s just a short drive from Tahquitz Canyon, where you’ll find an 18-metre waterfall and excellent hiking trails. If you get thirsty as you explore the desert, Desert Distilling Brewery is Coachella Valley’s sole distillery. Art installations, like the ongoing Desert X, are hidden across the desert every year, so you’re likely to stumble across inspiration as you cross the trails.

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Alternatively, the mysterious Joshua Tree National Park is just over an hour’s drive away. You can spend hours exploring the striking region, which is home to wildlife including Californian mountain lions, coyotes and bats. Locals say the best time to visit is sunset, when the unusual spiky trees and mountain landscape contrast against the orange sky.

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Food & drink

Palm Springs is a city that loves to eat. Its annual Restaurant Week, usually held in late May or early June, is when foodies can make the most of its dining scene. Contemporary restaurants and historic bars are dotted all across the city. The Ingleside Inn has made it onto the silver screen and its restaurant, Melvyn’s, was once a regular haunt for Hollywood’s ‘Rat Pack’. Listen to live music as you dine here. Meanwhile Mr. Lyons steakhouse, a celebrity favourite for more than 75 years, serves well-loved and contemporary dishes.

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If you’re seeking out modern classics, visit Workshop. The converted Twenties cinema has won awards for its design, and the upmarket dishes are worth indulging in. In spring, grab an alfresco table at Birba, a stylish Italian eatery ideal for date nights and family dinners. Or, if you love decadent breakfasts, local hotspot Cheeky’s is a must-visit – it’s well worth waiting in the ever-present queue.

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Best time to visit Palm Springs

Holidays to Palm Springs are popular between January and April, when mid-twenties temperatures make travel bearable. Check when nearby Coachella festival is being held before you book – it’s always in April, but the dates vary every year – as the city will be packed with festival goers, and is best avoided unless you’re one of them. Winter is also busy in Palm Springs, as temperatures rarely dip below the high teens and rain showers are few and far between.

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If you don’t mind warmer temperatures, plan your Palm Springs trip for autumn – most days from late September are below 30°C. It’s best to avoid Palm Springs in the summer, as the town is baked by 40°C. It’s also the driest time of year, and the region experiences droughts most summers. If you can stand the heat, you’ll have the area to yourself, but a lot of seasonal tourist spots are likely to be closed.

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Things to do

Things to do in Palm Springs

The Living Desert is home to giraffes, ostriches and lizards, who roam freely throughout the grounds. Tour it alone or take a guided shuttle. Art fans will spot installations and lots of stylish galleries across the city’s Backstreet Art and Uptown Design districts. If history’s more your thing, visit the Palm Springs Art Museum or Air Museum to learn about the city’s past.

Show More
Show Less

Not sure what to visit first? See the city from Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which climbs more than 1,700 metres up the mountains and rotates for 360-degree views. Temperatures can be up to five degrees lower at the top, so you can make the most of the cooler conditions and tackle the mountain’s hiking trails. Many of the city’s upmarket hotels host lively parties during the spring and summer, or the whole family can cool off at Palm Springs Swim Centre.

Show More
Show Less

Nature

Palm Springs’ natural beauty

The vast Coachella Valley lies on Palm Springs’ doorstep, and it’s packed with hikes and history. Stop at the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum to learn about the desert’s Cahuilla people – it’s just a short drive from Tahquitz Canyon, where you’ll find an 18-metre waterfall and excellent hiking trails. If you get thirsty as you explore the desert, Desert Distilling Brewery is Coachella Valley’s sole distillery. Art installations, like the ongoing Desert X, are hidden across the desert every year, so you’re likely to stumble across inspiration as you cross the trails.

Show More
Show Less

Alternatively, the mysterious Joshua Tree National Park is just over an hour’s drive away. You can spend hours exploring the striking region, which is home to wildlife including Californian mountain lions, coyotes and bats. Locals say the best time to visit is sunset, when the unusual spiky trees and mountain landscape contrast against the orange sky.

Show More
Show Less

Food

Food & drink

Palm Springs is a city that loves to eat. Its annual Restaurant Week, usually held in late May or early June, is when foodies can make the most of its dining scene. Contemporary restaurants and historic bars are dotted all across the city. The Ingleside Inn has made it onto the silver screen and its restaurant, Melvyn’s, was once a regular haunt for Hollywood’s ‘Rat Pack’. Listen to live music as you dine here. Meanwhile Mr. Lyons steakhouse, a celebrity favourite for more than 75 years, serves well-loved and contemporary dishes.

Show More
Show Less

If you’re seeking out modern classics, visit Workshop. The converted Twenties cinema has won awards for its design, and the upmarket dishes are worth indulging in. In spring, grab an alfresco table at Birba, a stylish Italian eatery ideal for date nights and family dinners. Or, if you love decadent breakfasts, local hotspot Cheeky’s is a must-visit – it’s well worth waiting in the ever-present queue.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Palm Springs

Holidays to Palm Springs are popular between January and April, when mid-twenties temperatures make travel bearable. Check when nearby Coachella festival is being held before you book – it’s always in April, but the dates vary every year – as the city will be packed with festival goers, and is best avoided unless you’re one of them. Winter is also busy in Palm Springs, as temperatures rarely dip below the high teens and rain showers are few and far between.

Show More
Show Less

If you don’t mind warmer temperatures, plan your Palm Springs trip for autumn – most days from late September are below 30°C. It’s best to avoid Palm Springs in the summer, as the town is baked by 40°C. It’s also the driest time of year, and the region experiences droughts most summers. If you can stand the heat, you’ll have the area to yourself, but a lot of seasonal tourist spots are likely to be closed.

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