The Perfête Travel Guide to Palm Springs, California

Brianna Kozlarek / Tuesday June 11, 2019

Ahhh, Palm Springs. An oasis in the desert. Nestled beside Coachella Valley and between the San Bernadino National Forest, Palm Desert, and Joshua Tree National Park, this California town is a favorite weekend destination. Only a quick drive from Los Angeles or a short flight into Palm Springs Regional Airport, this chic desert town is the perfect place for a relaxing getaway. Once there, you immediately feel transported. It is totally peaceful.Is Instagram-worthy. Has luxurious amenities, gorgeous San Jacinto Mountain views, palm trees, and perfête weather.  It is known for midcentury modern architecture, colorful doors, and a happening food scene. There are so many reasons to visit. Let’s get into specifics, because that is what we are here for, right? Here is everything you need to know to plan an epic weekend at one of our favorite travel destinations.

Where to Stay:

  • The Parker Palm Springs

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The Parker Palm Springs hotel is iconic. I am sure you have seen its infamous orange door on your Instagram feed. From its stunning design à la Jonathan Adler to the sprawling 13 acre resort property (complete with an adults only pool), you cannot go wrong at this luxurious spot.

 

  • Korakia Pensione

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Korakia Pensione is our go-to spot when we hit Palm Springs. It is modeled after Morocco and feels like a total escape. There are record players in every room. Pools lit by torches. Candles at night. Daily afternoon Moroccan tea time. The grounds are dreamy and the breakfast is on point. Plus, lots of Insta worthy backgrounds.

 

  • The Ace Hotel at Palm Springs

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If you are looking for a fun pool party with hipster vibes, look no further than the boutique Ace Hotel Palm Springs. There are record players in every room, killer aesthetics, guaranteed cold drinks, and good music poolside. Each room also has a big patio, making it the perfect place to host happy hour with friends or have your morning coffee watching the sun rise over the San Jacinto Mountains.

 

What to Do:

  • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

The Palm Springs Aerial Tram is so much fun! You take the tram up 8,000 and are transported from desert heat to cool mountain air. Walk around and take a picnic. Have a cocktail at the tramway lodge bar. This is a must do and is offers spectacular desert and mountain views.

 

  • Architecture Tour

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Palm Springs is known for its killer architecture. So, it is only natural that we recommend going on an architecture tour while you are here. Very mid-century modern, lots of bright colors and pastels. You can get home decor inspiration and content for your feed for months. Win win.

 

  • Moorten Botanical Garden

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Feeling nature-y? Check out Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium. Absolutely beautiful, and you will get in some steps too.

 

  • Chill by the Pool/Go for a Bike Ride