There’s nothing more romantic than looking deep into your beloved’s eyes –– but the look of love can be found all around in Greater Palm Springs. Set your sights on beauty and set the mood for romance with these romantic Greater Palm Springs locales—where you might find the view just as awe-inspiring as your partner.
Vista Point | Palm Desert
Known by locals as “Make-out Point,” this cliff-side turnout spot along Highway 74 in Palm Desert has a reputation for romance. Head up the mountains from the valley floor, and you’ll find the spot just five miles up on your left. Pack a picnic dinner to watch the sunset, or make the adventure up this winding road at night to see all of the Coachella Valley twinkling below.
Bump and Grind | Palm Desert
There’s nothing wrong with a little bump and grind — especially at sunset, when this popular hiking trail is frequented by sexy singles, couples and families alike. The technicolor sunset views are worth the workout, and the trails are wide enough at most points to hold your hiking partner’s hand, if you’re PDA-inclined. The entrance is located behind the Target store on 111 in Palm Desert — close enough to El Paseo for an after-hike meal for two.
The Ritz-Carlton | Rancho Mirage
Perched on a bluff overlooking the entire valley, the newly renovated Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage offers the best views of any hotel in the area — a secluded sanctuary for love.
Grab a couple of cocktails at the Air Pool Bar and claim a seat at the fire pit to watch the night unfold over the valley, or treat yourself and your date to dry-aged steaks and seafood at The Edge Steakhouse. The evening doesn’t have to end after enjoying the views, either – just make it an overnight adventure.
Escena Lounge & Grill | Palm Springs
You don’t have to leave the desert floor for a great view at the aptly named Escena Lounge & Grill, where the palm trees, San Jacinto Mountains and lushly manicured golf course provide a spectacular setting. Closer to hand, dishes like scallops with blood orange gastrique and pork belly tacos are presented with an artists’ eye for visual detail, making dining here a treat for the eyes as well as the taste buds. The sunset-drenched dinner hour is a singular experience, but the Sunday brunch is also one of the most popular in Palm Springs.
Peaks Restaurant at The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway | Palm Springs
Peaks is the height of fine dining in Palm Springs — literally. Perched roughly 8,500 feet above the desert floor, the restaurant offers unrivaled views of Palm Springs, as well as a solid menu of New American fare. Plus, the journey to dinner above the clouds is its own grand adventure. After driving up the winding mountain road located at the north end of Palm Canyon Drive, you and your date will take a ten-minute tram ride up the cliffs of Chino Canyon. The exhilarating experience is unlike any other in the Coachella Valley.