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 for a century, 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, Slim Aarons style, next to a sparkling pool).  

Downtown Palm Springs is a great place to start. Browse modern works by Picasso, Lichtenstein, and Warhol at the Palm Springs Art Museum; mingle over martinis at the Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs, the only rooftop pool and bar in Greater Palm Springs; or slide into a booth at Johnny Costa’s and order the Steak Sinatra with linguine clams, a favorite of Ol’ Blue Eyes himself. You could spend an entire day just exploring Palm Springs’ Uptown Design District, a retail wonderland of vintage thrift stores and modern home and art furnishings.

The city’s Hollywood roots still run strong, with the Palm Springs International Film Festival rolling out the red carpet each January (book a Palm Springs Celebrity Tour to visit the former homes of Golden Age screen sirens), while Palm Springs Modernism Week, held in February, fulfills every Mad Men fan’s dream with even more home tours, design lectures, and exclusive after-parties. Midcentury 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.

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. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway takes you even higher up into the San Jacintos to experience breathtaking views of the valley floor below.

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