Palm Springs is the perfect blend of midcentury and modern. The city’s laid-back vibe and year-round perfect weather have enticed sun-seekers and celebrities alike, and there’s something here for everyone, whether you’re looking to explore the city’s architectural history or discover your own private piece of paradise and soak in some rays (because nothing says chill like a cocktail in hand, next to a sparkling pool, Slim Aarons-style).
Art & Culture
Downtown Palm Springs is a colorful place to explore vibrant murals, painted benches, contemporary art galleries and works of art by renowned classic and modern artists at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Mingle over craft cocktails at local hotspots like Bootlegger Tiki, Seymour’s, Truss & Twine; shimmy to live music by international touring acts at The Alibi; or dine at celebrity-favorite restaurants like Melvyn’s, Bar Cecil and Sandfish Sushi & Whiskey. You also spend an entire day exploring Palm Springs’ Uptown Design District, a wonderland of vintage thrift stores and modern home furnishings.
Celebrity sightings also occur at Intersect Palm Springs art show and sale and the Palm Springs International Film Festival which rolls out the red carpet for Oscar contenders every January.
The unique locally-owned-and-operated businesses in Palm Springs are part of the charm and vibe that make this city such a popular place to visit. From tiki cocktail sets to architecture books and caftan boutiques to classic mid-century furniture, this city has a serious hip quotient. Visit Palm Springs lists the over 400 individually owned-and-operated places to play, stay, dine and shop.
Held in February, with a preview event in October, Palm Springs Modernism Week fulfills every Mad Men fans’ dreams with home tours, design lectures, fashion shows and exclusive cocktail parties. Mid-century devotees will fall in love with the butterfly rooflines that dot the horizon and historic neighborhoods boasting more colorful, Instagram-worthy doors that you can count. Visitors can book a Palm Springs Celebrity Tour, year-round, and visit the former homes of stage and screen stars such as Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Liberace, Frank Sinatra and more.
For the nature lover, outdoor adventure awaits in the Indian Canyons , where miles of trails meander through palm oases, across trickling mountain streams, and beneath crystal-clear waterfalls (in warmer months). The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway takes you even higher up into the San Jacinto Mountains to experience breathtaking views of the valley floor below.
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