Palm Springs is California’s playground for the rich and famous. Tourists can unwind in one of the
more luxurious Palm Springs vacation rentals, play a round of golf or spend the day in the spa. You
can also head out into the desert, go hiking and ride the aerial tramway for some fantastic views.
But, having a perfect trip depends on a range of factors. Here’s how to make sure you have a dream
trip to Palm Springs.
What Time of the Year Do You Want to Visit?
The climate in Palm Springs ranges from sweltering summers with temperatures hovering around
42°C to mild winters. Depending on what you want to do on your trip, the time of the year plays an
essential role. If you plan to spend more time outdoors enjoying the natural beauty or playing golf,
summer isn’t an ideal time to visit. When the temperatures are so high, dehydration and heat stroke
are genuine threats. But, if you’re here for relaxation inside the air-conditioned resort and spa, the
summer heat doesn’t play such a critical role in your comfort. After all, it’s quite easy to run from
one cool room to the next.
Most tourists travel to Palm Springs in either the spring or fall when temperatures are more
comfortable. This is the best time for outdoor activities. But at the same time, this corresponds to
peak season and higher numbers of tourists. Winter, on the other hand, sees mild temperatures and
even snow on some of the mountains. If you ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway in January, you
may see snow on the floor.
The Best Places to See
The biggest must-see attraction is the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway taking tourists from the
Coachella Valley to the top of the mountain. The gondola opened in 1963 and has been the most
popular attraction in the resort ever since. When you reach the top, the air is much cooler than at
ground level giving respite from oppressive summer heat. Remember to bring your camera as you
rise up the mountains. If you have the time, visit during both the day and night for a different
One of the other highlights is the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. A variety of North American and
African animals live inside the zoo including giraffes, tortoises and African wild dogs. There are more
than 1000 different species of endemic and exotic plants inside the vast complex too. If you’re
travelling on a family vacation, this is a perfect place to visit.
Nature lovers should take a day trip from Palm Springs to Joshua Tree National Park in the desert.
The national park takes 45 minutes to reach with the unusual Joshua trees and unique rock
formations. You can hike along one of the many trails and have a picnic, which are the favourite
spring and fall activities.
Palm Springs Travel Tips
The biggest tip is to make sure you have your own set of wheels. This isn’t such a problem if you
drive to Palm Springs. But those who are flying into the city should consider renting a car for a few
days. Many of the must-see attractions are quite far from downtown and having a car is the only way
to get there without relying on taxis. Or, if you’re planning to hang around the city, why not get a
bicycle and go sightseeing from the saddle instead?
Make sure you sample and enjoy the wide selection of food in the Palm Springs’s restaurants.
World-class chefs cook up all types of cuisines to satisfy anyone’s palate. Many focus on healthy
eating. Most of the restaurants are in downtown areas and easily accessible from most hotels and
vacation rentals. Search online before you visit to find the best place for you.
Palm Springs is a laid-back vacation destination, and most people walk around in their t-shirt and
shorts. A casual dress code is more the rule than the exception. People don’t really need to dress up
in elegant dresses or waistcoats. Instead, it’s acceptable to turn up to most restaurants in
comfortable attire. Some high-end places in the city do have a dress code, and it may be worth
double checking whenever you make a reservation. You don’t want to turn up in shorts when
everyone dresses their best, and likewise, you’ll feel awkward donning your suit when everyone else
How to Get the Best Value for Money
The easiest way to get good value for money is to put more time and effort into planning your
vacation. If you spend time searching around, you’re more likely to find discounts, early bird offers
and special promotions. This may be at the resorts, golf clubs or attractions. You should also check
websites such as Groupon to see if they have anything that suits your interests in Palm Springs. If you
have a rough idea of what you want to do and see on your trip, it can help you plan the best time to
rent a car. You don’t want to pay for parking and daily rates when you’re not going to use it.
Having the Perfect Vacation in Palm Springs
You now have the ingredients for a dream trip to Palm Springs. It’s time to put everything into
practice. Choose the time of year to visit carefully, enjoy the wide variety of restaurants and put a bit
of time into planning to get the best value for money. And if you follow the points mentioned in this article, you’re almost guaranteed to have a dream trip.