Considering a visit to Palm Springs? The  Southern California desert city is a popular getaway in the winter and spring.

Frequented by Hollywood celebrities as their getaway not too far from the studios, today Palm Springs is a vacation paradise for every type of traveler, from hikers to foodies.

Take the aerial tramway to the upper station on Mount San Jacinto for panoramas over the desert floor. Active visitors can also hike trails at the top!

Stroll Palm Canyon Drive to browse the many shops and art galleries. Sunset is a particularly nice time to be here, with palm trees draped with lights. 

Hike Indian Canyons to get up close to California fan palms. Look for desert bighorn sheep at the streams in the oases. Tahquitz Canyon has a seasonal waterfall.

Palm Springs offers numerous quality eateries for foodies, from fine dining places to casual cafes, and eating is one of the best things to do in the city. 

Joshua Tree National Park, with its Seussian trees and massive boulders, is just an hour's drive from Palm Springs. The park makes for the perfect day trip for nature lovers!

The Thousand Palms Oasis is a preserve just minutes away from downtown Palm Springs. Birdwatchers will love the trail to the McCallum Oasis with its pool fringed with palms.

Visiting Palm Springs in the spring? If it's a good year for wildflower bloom, day trip to Anza-Borrego State Park for the spectacular wildflower show! The carpets of yellow and purple will wow you.

Palm Springs is known for its pools and spas. Book a pampering spa day and plan on plenty of time by the pool, whether at your hotel or resort, or at your vacation rental. 

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