3 Fun Things to Do in Palm Springs

With so many fun things to do in Palm Springs – it’s hard to choose! My husband and I spent 3 nights here at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa. We split our time relaxing at the resort and also exploring a bit of the area. It was 24 degrees when we left home – so we loved every minute of the 100 temps! During our short visit – these were 3 of our favorite things in Palm Springs.

1. Mid-Century Architecture Self-Guided Tour

If you’re into mid-century modern – this is the city for you! Start at the Palm Springs Visitor Center where you can pick up the $5 map and get helpful information. The visitor center was originally the Tramway Gas Station and built in the modern style.

During the mid-twentieth century young architects flocked to Palm Springs and created “Desert Modernism”; an example of the Modernist style but reflecting more of the outdoor lifestyle of the area.

My husband and I had a great time cruising around Palm Springs checking out the retro looking houses (pro tip: rent a convertible)! We saw Elvis’s honeymoon spot, Frank Sinatra’s place and a row of metal tract homes built in the mid-century mod style.  

There is also an app you can download and follow along with or numerous guided tours you can take.

2. Visit Palm Canyon

After a morning spent at our resort pool, I was antsy for an adventure. Leafing through one of the glossy mags in our room – I saw a picture of Palm Canyon and spur of the moment decided we needed to check it out.

The canyon runs 15 miles in length and is located on the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation. It’s the world’s largest California Fan Palm oasis. It’s quite a unique contrast of the palm trees against the stark rocky desert landscape!

Just a few minutes from downtown Palm Springs – you can visit Palm Canyon from 8-4pm daily. The entrance fee is $12 per person and it’s only a small walk from the parking area to the start of Palm Canyon.As we arrived later in the afternoon – we were lucky to have the area completely to ourselves! With its enormous palm trees as cover and a small creek – it’s the perfect spot for a picnic or to just enjoy the gorgeous scenery. There are also some nice hikes in this area (next trip!).

3. Happy Hour at Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar

Located right in the middle of the action in downtown Palm Springs –this is the spot for happy hour and people watching! Even though it was 105 degrees while we were there – it was comfortable sitting outside with the misters. 

Our server was friendly and surprisingly it was a very relaxed, non pretentious atmosphere. We also learned all of the food is house made – even the taco shells. The small bites we ordered were tasty… and I also recommend the mojitos! 🙂

Palm Springs is a great spot for a honeymoon, couples getaway, girlfriend weekend, or bachelor party. I can’t wait to spend more time in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley!

Until the next adventure – bon voyage!


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