In Palm Springs, it can feel like leisure breezes in the warm desert air. For travelers ready to embrace that easygoing Coachella Valley spirit, there are many ways to experience this Southern California destination where the sun shines 300 days per year. Much of the early local history started with its natural hot springs, whose mineral water attracted the Cahuilla people that made this valley home for two millennia. The same desert springs and scenery live on today in modern spas for soaking up the mineral waters—including the occasional, actual oasis.
In more modern history, however, Palm Springs earned its wider reputation as a hotspot for celebrities and snowbirds building prized mid-century modern homes. You can join much of that timeless scene at cool restaurants and lounges, soaking up the pools-and-cocktails culture, and events like Modernism Week, which offers seasonal tours of the best local architecture. The city also draws travelers for several prominent international film festivals, LGBTQ+ weekends, and, of course, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival every April. Whether you’re interested in meditating and hiking in Joshua Tree, or viewing groovy art and sipping martinis poolside, there are lots of ways to catch some of that Greater Palm Springs swing. Here are the best things to do in Palm Springs.
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