Planning a girlfriends’ getaway to Palm Springs? This town, often dubbed the heart of the California Desert, is such a blast and definitely one of our favorite destinations in the USA!
Its desert-vibes goodness, cute boutique shops, incredible restaurants, and vintage hotels make it the incredibly sought-after destination that it is and we’ve put together the ultimate guide to Palm Springs including the most Instagram-worthy spots, where to stay, and fun things to do!
WHERE TO STAY
Ace Hotel – The Ace found a forgotten a mid-century desert modern former Howard Johnson motel with a Denny’s, renovated it and gave it some love, and turned it into one of the most emblematic properties of Palm Springs!
The Saguaro – Known as The Rainbow Hotel, The Saguaro is easily one of Palm Spring’s most instagrammable spots! It’s not the most upscale place to stay in town, but the colorfulness of the building and the many incredible photo ops are what make it one of the most popular hotels to stay in Palm Springs.
UBER FUN THINGS TO DO IN PALM SPRINGS
Moorten Botanical Garden + Cactarium – Founded in 1938 to celebrate the beauty of desert flora, visiting Moorten is a must on any Palm Springs itinerary! Not only has it become a popular Instagram spot to take pictures, it’s also well worth spending a few hours here learning about the rare plants that call the desert their home.
Ice Cream Shoppe – Grab an ice cream with your gals in a quintessential Palm Spring setting! We’re talking floats, neon lights, and colors all over!
Joshua Tree National Park – No trip to Palm Springs is complete without a visit to the desert! Joshua Tree National Park is about an hour away from Palm Springs. You can do an auto tour of the park which takes around two hours to complete, making it a perfect quick getaway to the desert.
Salvation Mountain – Of course, we wouldn’t leave out a visit to California’s rainbow mountains! This incredibly unique spot is a true work of art backdropped by amazing desert-scapes.
MOST INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN PALM SPRINGS
Palm Springs isn’t short of Instagram worthy photo ops and spending a day on the hunt for some of the most popular ones is one of the most fun things to do during a getaway to Palm Springs!
Here are a few of our fave Insta spots, but we wrote an entire guide to the most Insta-worthy spots in Palm Springs where you’ll find a ton more!
Party Lions – There are always new fun floats around the Party Lions house that makes for the perfect Instagram shot!
Roadside Dinosaurs – One of the most iconic Instagram spots of Palm Springs! Dinny the Dinosaur and Mr Rex are always fun to take pictures with! The Cabazon Dinosaurs is located about 20 minutes west of the city (super ideal if you’re driving in from LA!)
Old Tramway Gas Station – The building dates back to 1965 and looks amazing from any angle, so get creative!
WHAT TO PACK FOR PALM SPRINGS
Palm Springs is the heart of the Californian Desert, so pack light, breathable clothes like kimonos, fun flowy dresses, hats, sunglasses and anything colorful! Here’s a complete guide to everything you should pack for a getaway to Palm Springs.
Pssst… definitely don’t forget that sunblock!
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