Palm Springs is one desert city that is once again making a name for itself in the travel world. Rightly so. A popular hotspot for Hollywood celebs in the 1900s, visitors are now returning to this scorching town, located mere hours from Los Angeles. While many travelers yearn for the hustle and bustle of city life, others crave a few days of relaxation and a chance to unwind. Why not consider getting out of Hollywood and staying somewhere a little bit different? It really is worth it.
Whether you’re traveling for some much-needed rest or simply to explore a new locale, Palm Springs has it all: stunning mid-century modern architecture, trendy new restaurants and an endless amount of spas. So put down your gadgets and get exploring!. These seven experiences are some of the best for relaxation. Let’s go!
1. Spas and Wellness Centers
The biggest allure of the desert oasis that is Palm Springs is the vast amount of spas in the area. They really are a treat and maybe it’s time you treated yourself to a little indulgence.
You’re worth it. Whether you stick to the town itself or wander to nearby cities like Indian Wells, Desert Hot Springs, La Quinta or Palm Desert, local spas offer a variety of treatments. From Swedish and couples massages to facials, they have it all. Some also offer yoga classes too. If you’re lucky, you may even find a spot that offers complimentary Champagne—let the relaxation begin!
2. Swimming Pools
Palm Springs is definitely a hot area, but sometimes spending the day indoors isn’t what the doctor ordered. Instead, beat the heat while still resting. Go poolside and you’ll be winning at life. Because the temperatures are so high during summertime, many resorts, inns, and rentals have stellar pools. Really, really good ones! Whether you sip wine in the sun, go for a dip or read a book, it’s the perfect way to spend the day whilst keeping cool. If you want to work out, this is a perfect way to do it too.
3. Private Vacation Homes
While local resorts have got relaxation down to a T, with stunning pools and calming spas, nothing beats the privacy you’ll get with your own space. California vacation rentals are one of the best ways to enjoy some time alone—either solo, with friends or with your loved one. Many of them also offer some of the same amenities as a hotel! Sometimes having some alone time is unbeatable and having your own place to call home is a real treat that you should consider.
There’s nothing like a little fitness to relieve some stress and bring about a new outlook on life. Here in Palm Springs, the chance to hike is on your doorstep. Even if it isn’t your first choice of activity, we recommend it. Add some positivity to your life with some fresh air and a little desert hike.
Out in the Palm Springs area, visitors can find trails that range from quiet and restful to rugged and sweat inducing. Whatever your level, there is a trail for you here. Wander within California’s famous palm trees at the Palm Canyon Trail, find tranquility along the Andreas Canyon Trail or make your way to a 40-foot waterfall in Tahquitz Canyon.
5. Hot Springs
The only aquifer of mineral spring water in Southern California is in nearby Desert Hot Springs; an area filled with boutique hotels that utilize the water. The natural water is said to have healing properties, which can be incredibly restful—physically, emotionally and spiritually. Whether you soak in the hot mineral waters or undergo spa treatments, there’s nothing like it anywhere else in the California desert. Are you convinced that you should go yet?!
6. Musical Festivals
Okay. If hot springs aren’t your thing, maybe a really good music festival is! Being surrounded by thousands at Indio’s famed Coachella, Stagecoach and Desert Trip festivals may not sound like a relaxing way to spend a weekend, but that couldn’t be more wrong. With colorful sunsets, distant rising mountain peaks, endless live music, a Ferris wheel, sunshine and cold drinks, these festivals offer a chance to unwind and enjoy yourself. Who knows—you may even make some new friends while you’re at it in Palm Springs.
7. Aerial Tramway
One last place in California desert to whet your appetite and see how amazing Palm Springs is! The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is the largest rotating aerial tram in the world. Climb aboard to take a ride more than 8000 feet up the mountainside to Mt. San Jacinto State Park. The two-and-a-half mile journey offers a relaxing opportunity to see more of the region from a new perspective. Once you reach the top, enjoy picturesque views and a few observation decks along with restaurants, a natural history museum, documentary theaters and miles and miles of hiking trails. Beautiful!
As you can see, there are plenty of options to relax and enjoy in California’s desert – Palm Springs. Palm Springs, a desert city in California has made a name in the travel world. It has stunning modern architecture, trendy restaurants and lots of spas.
Now that you’ve been to Palm Springs, why not check out all the things to do in LA, which is only an hour away!
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