After 5 years of living in LA, Zack and I finally made it to Palm Springs. It was one of my travel goals for the year (mentioned here) to visit Palm Springs and Joshua Tree (hitting up Joshua Tree THIS weekend – really leaning into all the desert vibes this spring).
Honestly not sure why it took us so long to get out to Palm Springs because it has checks off so many things I love: hiking, mid century modern styling, cacti galore, and sunshine! We only went for a day, and trust me – if that’s all the time you’ve got then you can absolutely make it work! Check out our one day itinerary below and let it be a guide for your visit!
Since it’s been such a wet winter, there was no question we wanted to see the waterfall. The waterfall was in full force and the mist was cool and refreshing. The water was very cold but we waded around to cool off and snap a few photos.
Address: 500 West Mesquite Road, Palm Springs, CA 92016
Cost: $12.50 / person
Address: 1800 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Address: 1701 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Hours: Open all year, but reduced summer hours die to heat so check the website!
Cost: $5 / person
Before heading back to LA, spend some time driving around and check out the town. Palm Springs is known for it’s Mid Century Modern architecture – which is my favorite style. There are tons of architecture tours you can do, or with a little internet research, you can create your own Mid Century Modern Architecture. I’ve even seen a Palm Springs Door Tour! But you can’t go wrong just driving around either!
Like I said, there’s SO much to do, so if something on this list just isn’t for you, here’s a few more suggestions (and I’ll be adding these to my list for next time!):
• Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
• Shopping and Dining on Palm Canyon Drive
• The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
We managed to fit a lot in one day – but if you have a little more time you can pace yourself accordingly. Zack and I both really loved our trip and definitely plan to visit again! After all – it’s SO close!
XO – Courtney