Once a city of Hollywood stars, the resort city of Palm Springs has not lost its charm, and stars can still be seen today when you walk along the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. Today, this California city is a haven for both indoor and outdoor lovers, what with its surrounding desert, nearby mountains, mid-century modern architecture and museums. Let’s not forget about its incredible art scene, cultural scene and magnificent Indian Canyons. In short, it is a city for everyone, but these are the 4 things everyone must do in Palm Springs.
Palm Springs has become somewhat of a sanctuary for vintage shopping, with the Uptown Design District being known as the city’s hot spot for all things vintage. Whether you are looking for mid-century pottery, rock n roll clothing or a Charles Hollis Jones chair, you will find it as you walk along North Palm Canyon Drive. The coolest part is that many of the shops are housed in hip vintage buildings themselves, which just adds to the whole experience.
Palm Springs is a beautiful city, and what better way would there be to see it then from high above. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway allows you to do this, and happens to be the world’s largest rotating tramcar. No visit to the desert resort city is complete without gliding above the city, along the cliffs of the Chino Canyon and to the peak of Mount San Jacinto. You can then enjoy the views some more by dining sky high at the Peaks Restaurant or having a cocktail at the Lookout Lounge.
Speaking of dining, there is no better place in the entire city for an exceptional meal than at Melvyn’s, which is housed in the legendary Ingleside Inn. The iconic restaurant has been open since 1976, and since then has been the go-to place for many Hollywood stars. Still to this day you may see a familiar face dining at this glamorous institution. Reservations are a must, and jackets are encouraged.
The city is known as the ‘Golf Capital of the World’, so not playing at least one round would be unheard of for any avid golfer. Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort is one of the best, and many would agree. In fact, Golf Digest gave the course 4.5 stars and pegged it as ‘One of the Best Places to Play’. This is partly because of its challenging bunkers and sloped greens, and partly because of its spectacular views of the San Jacinto mountain range.
Now that you know about these 4 fun activities it’s time for a visit! Before you go make sure to check out Visit Palm Springs for more incredible activities as well as where to stay, where to dine and upcoming events. They also feature a play section which rounds up incredible activities for arts and culture, gaming and entertainment, which is not to be missed.