After over a year of being at home and putting travel plans on hold, you’re likely more than ready to start planning your next vacation. But you want an experience and a location that’s safe, relaxing, and inspiring. With 300-plus days of sunshine each year, world-class attractions and activities, and a destination-wide safety pledge, Greater Palm Springs checks off all the boxes - and more.
Comprising nine different cities - Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio, and Coachella - each offering its own unique blend of experiences, this Southern California resort oasis has something for everyone. Maybe you’ve been dreaming of lounging poolside, sipping craft cocktails, and watching the palm trees sway all afternoon. Perhaps you’ve been craving fresh, chef-driven cuisine paired with a glass of wine and mountain views. Or you can’t wait to get outside and play some championship golf or pickleball.
Whether you want to do it all or simply relax, soak up some sun, and do nothing at all, you can feel confident visiting Greater Palm Springs knowing that hotels, restaurants, and shops are taking extra precautions to put your health and well-being first. In fact, over 450 local businesses and tourism partners have taken a Safer Together, Greater Together Pledge committing to uphold the latest COVID-19 safety guidelines developed by the State of California.
Your Guide To Greater Palm Springs
Here’s some inspiration to help you start planning your Greater Palm Springs getaway.
With no shortage of sunshine or wide-open spaces, Greater Palm Springs is all about the outdoors. Join in a game of pickleball. Explore miles upon miles of hiking trails through the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains. Ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway (the world’s largest rotating tramcar) along the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon. Book a tee time at world-famous golf courses (the links at PGA West were designed by such legends as Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer).
In Greater Palm Springs, you’ll find yourself surrounded by natural beauty everywhere you turn. Wander through the Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs, home to 3,000 varieties of desert plants. Or admire the nine-acre gardens and fascinating architecture at Sunnylands Center & Gardens in Rancho Mirage, a historic estate where past presidents and even royalty have met. Once the sun sets, watch as the night sky lights up with some of the brightest stars you’ve ever seen while stargazing at nearby Joshua Tree National Park, a designated International Dark Sky Park.
Dining alfresco is a must in Greater Palm Springs. Year-round blue skies and beautiful weather make it possible to enjoy inspiring cuisine (and views) almost any time of year. Plus, the dining scene boasts endless restaurants catering to every taste and budget - many sourcing locally grown ingredients whenever possible. Whether you’re grabbing one of the famous date shakes from Indio’s Shields Date Gardens, founded in 1924, or meandering through the various city centers in this SoCal oasis, you’re sure to find a favorite patio and plate.
Relaxation and Rejuvenation
When it’s time for a brief yet blissful pause from all the outdoor fun, relax while exploring the destination’s many unique spa and wellness experiences. Soak in natural healing mineral waters at a boutique resort in Desert Hot Springs. Unwind with an aromatherapy massage at a world-class spa. Or find your flow during an outdoor yoga or Pilates class, and you’ll feel all your worries and stress melt away.
Arts and Culture
The area’s eclectic style also means there’s plenty to see on the arts and culture front. Explore the famous mid-century modern architecture of Palm Springs or shop for cool art and vintage treasures on Perez Road, Cathedral City’s very own art corridor. You can also download the artsGPS app to discover over 100 public art pieces scattered throughout Greater Palm Springs. Don’t miss the Coachella Walls, beautiful murals in downtown Coachella that celebrate the lives of the local population.
When it comes to places to stay in Greater Palm Springs, there’s something for every budget: historic inns, luxury golf resorts, boutique hot mineral water spa hotels. Looking for that home-away-from-home feeling? Vacation rentals are also available and range from mid-century modern properties to condos right on the fairway.
Getting to Greater Palm Springs has never been easier. Fly directly into Palm Springs International Airport (PSP), which connects to more than 500 destinations worldwide. It’s also a quick two-hour drive from L.A. and San Diego and only four hours from Las Vegas and Phoenix. Once you’ve arrived, you’ll find navigating the area is a breeze. Rent a car at PSP or take a rideshare service, shuttle, or taxi to your accommodations.
Ready to find your oasis? Start planning your Greater Palm Springs getaway. Soak up plenty of sunshine, outdoor adventure, world-class dining, spa and golf experiences, and more.