Part of my mission since moving to LA is to explore as much of Cali as possible. The state is full of gorgeous beaches, stunning deserts, and charming little towns that are begging to be explored. Palm Springs had been on my list for a while so I was pumped when we got to go for my friend’s bachelorette trip this past weekend. Palm Springs is just as cute as I expected so you really can’t go wrong with planning a trip here, but if you need some guidance check out my tips for where to stay, play, dine, and of course, take pics!
Where to Stay in Palm Springs
If you are traveling with a group, the best thing to do is rent a house. Sites like AirBnB, Home Away and Avant Stay are a great resource for finding amazing houses. We stayed at a beautiful property with great amenities that was perfectly located, and comfortable for my group of 5. If it’s just 2 or 3 of you, check out hotels since they may end up being cheaper than a big house. The Saguro is super famous, and the Kimpton and Miravel are known for their luxe views and amenities.
Best Restaurants in Palm Springs
We didn’t have a bad meal when in town! The city has everything from low-key taco spots to high end 5-star restaurants. Don’t miss Sugar Hill at Azucar, or Eight 4 Nine and make sure to load up on the many tequila-based cocktails that pop up on the menus.
Things to do in Palm Springs
If you go in Summer like I did, the most important things you can do are wear sunscreen and stay cool and hydrated! The desert heat is no joke and the effects can be detrimental. Once you cover those basis, Palm Springs really is full of options. Spend the days pool partying and the nights wandering around downtown. If you like views check out the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway or explore Joshua Tree National Park. Just don’t over schedule your days because you will appreciate having down time when you start feeling the effects of the heat.
Instagrammable Photo Locations in Palm Springs
You can’t leave Palm Springs without getting in some photos! The city is full of gorgeous spots to snap pics, but some of my favorites were outside the Hotel California, The Saguro Hotel, and on random streets and roads. Plus most of the restaurants are made to be grammed, so you will find plenty of photo ops as you dine and drink. I like to avoid trespassing and, so did not go to the famous Pink Door. There are plenty of open streets that have gorgeous views of the palm trees and mountains, so you really don’t need to disrespect people’s private property for a shot in front of a colorful door.
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