Whether it’s a romantic getaway or an escape from the city, Greater Palm Springs has hundreds of activities—and hotels—for every budget. Here are three sample itineraries for a three-night, four-day trip with options for outdoor enthusiasts, art lovers and foodies.
For a $500 Budget
Hotels priced between $90 and $150 per night:
Breakfast at Townie Bagels, hike the Murray Hill Trail (free), dinner at John’s Restaurant; OR enjoy a few games of tennis (free courts at DeMuth Park and Ruth Hardy Park), take a self-guided tour to photograph the windmills (free; the best spots are along Indian Canyon Drive and Dillon Road, pictured above), check out the Palm Springs VillageFest (free), dinner at Trio Restaurant
Explore the Shields Date Garden (free), lunch at The Cafe at Shields, visit Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory (free), grab food to-go from The Sandwich Spot, take a guided night hike with Friends of the Desert Mountains (free); OR visit Palm Springs Air Museum ($18 per person for adults), lunch at Lulu California Bistro, enjoy live music at Rock Yard at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino (free) and dinner at Twelve
For a $900 Budget
Hotels priced between $120 and $250 per night:
Breakfast at Ernest Coffee, go horseback riding with Smoke Tree Stables (group rides prices start at $60 per person), cruise along the Pines to Palms Highway (pictured above at sunset), dinner at Del Rey
Breakfast at Wilma and Frieda, learn about the valley's wind turbines with Palm Springs Windmill Tours ($57 per person for adults), visit The Living Desert zoo ($25 per person adults, $15 for kids), walk through the Backstreet Art District (free on the first Wednesday of the month from 6-9 p.m.), dinner at Melvyn’s
For a $1,600+ Budget
Hotels priced between $220 and $400 per night:
Arrive, hike through the largest California fan palm oasis in the world in Indian Canyons ($9 per person) dinner at Rooster and the Pig, catch live entertainment at the McCallum Theatre (prices vary depending on the show)
Breakfast at Grand Central Palm Springs, hike San Jacinto Peak ($8 parking and $27 per person for Palm Springs Aerial Tramway ticket; trail pictured above during the winter), dinner at Peaks Restaurant; OR speed around on a five-hour racetrack session at BMW Performance Center West at The Thermal Club ($300), dinner at Paul Bar/Food
Sunrise hot air balloon ride with Fantasy Balloon Flights ($195 per person), brunch at Juniper Table, explore downtown, relax with a 90-minute massage ($185 at Whispers Spa, $235 at Le Spa and in-room options available at the Kimpton Rowan), dinner at Workshop Kitchen + Bar
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**Please note: Rates are subject to change depending on the season and time of booking. These prices represent the average nightly rate for accommodations throughout the year.