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Palm Springs Vacation Ideas for Planning an Itinerary


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Palm Springs Vacation Ideas for Planning an Itinerary

Palm Springs, California has served as a coveted getaway for the rich and famous since the 1920s. Only a 2 hour flight from Los Angeles, this desert oasis is an irresistible vacation spot.

Palm Springs has more to offer than glamorous poolside relaxation. Last year we released our vacation travel guide video for the city, so be sure to check it out when putting together your Palm Springs itinerary. Take a visual tour of this sun-soaked town and let the footage uncover all there is to love and enjoy in Palm Springs.


Ideas of places to visit in Palm Springs

You won’t be short of travel inspiration in the jewel of the Sonoran Desert. View our video to ensure your travel itinerary is packed with all the best spots and popular Palm Springs attractions.


sightseeing ideas palm springs walk of stars

Walk of Stars

When sightseeing in Palm Springs, you might want to begin with some star-spotting. Many Hollywood A-listers spend their vacations here, and you’ll find the city glorifies its famous veteran visitors. Don’t miss the Walk of Stars where you might spy your favorite celebrity names engraved in the sidewalk.


visit the palm springs living desert zoo and gardens

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

(01:36 in the video) Palm Springs has been prized by its inhabitants long before it became the tourist-favorite it is today. Native Americans enjoyed the true beauty of Palm Springs – its vast plains and rugged mountains. At the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, visitors can learn about and appreciate the unique and wonderful animal and plant life of the area.


visit the colourful sunnylands centre and gardens

Sunnylands Centre and Gardens

(02:24 in the video) Perfectly curated gardens and sprawling golf lawns await world leaders and conference attendees at Sunnylands Centre and Gardens. Here, many global and national issues are discussed and resolved peacefully.


explore the historic indian canyons palm springs

Indian Canyons

(02:56 in the video) Fan palms thrive from the mountain streams of the Indian Canyons. These trees have special historical and cultural significance to the region’s earliest inhabitants. Providing food for their families with the fruit they bore and building homes with their woven fronds, the Cahuilla Indians had great use for these shady trees. On your trip to Palm Springs, be sure to make time to head to the Indian Canyons to see these stately fan palms growing throughout the rocky gorges.


trip planning moorten botanical garden and cactariam

Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactariam

(03:44 in the video) Plan a trip to Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactariam to see even more of the area’s native flora. Our video footage will give you a glimpse of the 3000+ species of desert plants housed there.


stunning views and adventure at mt san jacinto peak

Mt San Jacinto Peak

(04:00 in the video) Stunning views and tasty cocktails are just a Palm Springs Aerial Tramway ride away for visitors to Mt San Jacinto Peak. When planning a trip to Palm Springs make sure this experience is up there on your list of things to do.


Inspiration for traveling to Palm Springs

For all Palm Springs photography click here. Browse through all the gorgeous snapshots of Palm Springs before turning to our wider photo gallery for images from the world over.

We have hundreds of travel videos from around the world, so there’s no excuse to not get inspired!

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