A 3 hour drive from LA, Palm Springs has been a popular desert getaway for nearly 100 years. In the early half of the 20th century, Hollywood's biggest stars helped it gain the notoriety it still holds today - from golf courses designed by the likes of Nicklaus and Dye, to the famous mid-century architecture, and of course the natural beauty of the Coachella Valley - Palm Springs has plenty to offer.

Historically, Palm Springs got much quieter in the summer months, but now with the year round population growing it's a quick, and relatively easy trip (depending on traffic), for the weekend getaway you might not know you needed. After we spent some time there on a recent shoot, we compiled some of our favorite spots for you to check off your list…

Where to Stay

Colony Palms Hotel

Originally the Colonial House in the 1930’s, the Colony Palms Hotel has been around for the evolution that Palm Springs has seen through the years. Recently re-imagined by Designer/Hotelier, Steve Hermann, the Colony Palms has been restored to “always be enjoyed”.

Parker Palm Springs

Brining the Mid-Century theme into full play, the Parker not only offers dreamy pool-scapes, but has also built a desert oasis throughout their grounds to walk around and explore.

Holiday House

Named one of Travel + Leisure’s Top 500 Hotels of 2022, this 21+ hotel was designed in the 50’s and recently reimagined by interior designer Mark D. Sikes. This 28-room boutique hotel offers a communal atmosphere.

What to Do

Aerial Tramway

The world's largest rotating tram car brings you over two and a half miles of Chino Canyon to Mt. San Jacinto State Park. Once you reach Mountain Station at 8,516 feet you’re able to get off and hike or take in the views at one of their restaurants or bars.

Joshua Tree National Park

Just 45mins from Palm Springs, take a day trip over to Joshua Tree for hiking, rock climbing or just for a beautiful drive to take in the beautiful views the National Park has to offer.

The Murray Canyon Trail

Easy to moderate difficulty. Bring Water shoes and a hiking stick as you cross multiple streams. This hike ends at a beautiful waterfall.

Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center

Founded in 1938, the museum features related exhibitions and educational programs. A nice break from the heat and a great way to learn about the art and architectural history of Palm Springs.

Where to Eat and Drink

Mr. Lyons

Opened originally in 1945, Mr. Lyons features steakhouse classics with a modern edge.


Enter Seymours through a sneaky, unmarked side entrance and enjoy the lush interiors and delicious cocktails this modern speakeasy has to offer.


This Italian spot will make you feel like your’re in Little Italy, but with the indoor/outdoor seating, you get to enjoy the lush desert atmosphere.


Casual, upscale European style bistro in the design district of Palm Springs.

Tyler’s Burgers

Around for over 20 years, this quick and easy, yet delicious lunch spot is a local go-to spot. Not only are the burgers delicious, but their side dishes and old-fashioned shakes will have you leaving full and happy.

Where to Play Golf

Indian Wells Golf Resort

Clive Clark’s Celebrity Course features streams and split-level lakes with waterfall features while the John Fought–designed Players Course will challenge even the advanced golfers with sculpted bunkers and trees.

La Quinta SilverRock Resort

Located at the base of the Santa Rosa mountains, this Arnold Palmer Classic Course is a challenging 7,239 yards sprawling over 200 acres with native bunkers and gorgeous water features.

What to Pack