Palm Springs is definitely on the top of my list if you’re in need of a sunny getaway, wanting to relax poolside + explore the beautiful landscapes of the desert. Between the endless palm trees, sunshine + the beauty of the California desert, my heart is always the happiest whenever I get a chance to visit. For this trip, I had the wonderful opportunity of getting to reunite with one of my lifelong best friends + explore this lovely area with her by my side for the duration of my visit!
We had 10 days of endless fun + adventures from dancing our heart’s out at the Coachella Music Festival, exploring Joshua Tree National Park + wandering through the sweet city of Palm Springs. My heart is so full from the places we’ve visited + from all of the memories we made along the way!
This city is such a fun + relaxing place to visit + also a great place to take some beautiful pictures too! I’ve put together a Palm Springs Travel Guide that highlights some wonderful places to explore + fun things to do while you’re in the area! I hope you enjoy this Travel Guide + get to experience these great places yourself!
I can honestly say that riding the Aerial Tram was one of the highlights of my trip. Thanks to Visit Palm Springs I got to ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tram that takes you from the valley, past the cliffs of Chino Canyon + up to the Mountain Station at an elevation of 8,516 feet! The views were absolutely breathtaking + one of the best parts was getting to hike some of the trails around Mt. San Jacinto State Park at the top. It was such a fun + beautiful experience getting to see the California desert from a completely new perspective.
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK: CHOLLA CACTUS GARDEN
Joshua Tree National Park is a true gem. I can never get enough of this beautiful place + it’s extraordinary landscapes. I fell in love with this place even more so when we stopped at the Cholla Cactus Garden. I found so much bliss walking through this lovely cactus garden, laughing with my sweet friends + watching the sun set behind the hills. Joshua Tree is such a beautiful place to explore + will always put a smile on my face. I highly recommend checking out the Cholla Cactus Garden for a quick + lovely stop in the park!
MOORTEN BOTANICAL GARDEN
Being in the midst of the California desert, I couldn’t get enough of all of the beautiful cacti! If you know me, you know that I have a HUGE heart for plants - especially sweet little succulents, so visiting the Moorten Botanical Garden was a must! Showcasing over 3,000 types of succulents, cactus + other desert plants from all over the world - I was truly in my element + in plant heaven!
Palm Springs Neighboorhoods
Driving + wandering around the city of Palm Springs, I was in awe of all of the vibrant bougainvillea flowers in bloom - I knew the second I arrived I had to get a pictures of these beautiful flowers! So one day, my friend + I took an evening stroll around a lovely Palm Springs neighborhood, Tahquitz River Estates, to admire the flowers + the mid-century modernism desert homes. The Tahquitz River Estates was such a peaceful + wonderful neighborhood to walk around + is definitely one of my new favorite gems around the area!
Other great places to check out + explore!
Place to Stay:
- Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs: I am a huge fan of Ace Hotel’s + the one in Palm Springs definitely does not disappoint. With two large pools, a vintage photo-booth, live music + a great central location, Ace Hotel is such a fun + relaxing place to stay!
Place to Drink:
- The Pink Cabana: Part of the Sands Hotel & Spa, the Pink Cabana is a lovely place to grab a delicious cocktail + admire the 50s/60s decor
Place to Eat:
- Part of the Ace Hotel, King’s Highway Diner with a bohemian vibe, retro feel + delicious food, you can’t go wrong with grabbing a bite to eat at this place! They have a great brunch menu with a couple of vegan options too!
Place to Grab Coffee/Tea:
- One of the only coffee shops to serve Stumptown (a little piece of home), Ernest Coffee Shop is a great place to grab your favorite beverage. Soak up some sunshine + enjoy your drink outside on the patio or sit inside their airy, cozy space!