A detailed guide to Palm Springs – top things to try out

By ,   October 8, 2018 ,   Cruise Industry

The name Palm Springs itself sounds quite exciting and the city does justice to the uniqueness of its name. Unlike most loud and busy cities, Palm Springs is more like a resort city located in the Riverdale County of California in the United States of America. But while that is true, it is still the largest city in the county. 

In the city of Palm Springs, each place is different from the last and you can do thousands of things in a day and not get tired. But, aside from all the cool things to do, Palm Springs is most famous for its hot springs. The best time to visit Palm Springs would be around the winter or, if you plan on travelling on a lower budget, the beginning of fall season is a great time too. The rates of the vacation rentals Palm Springs are lower and it is way less crowded too. 

The best part of Palm Springs is perhaps its versatility. It is not only a great weekend getaway but also worth spending a good vacation on. There are so many places to visit, food to try and cultures to know about, that you will never run out of things to do. But since knowing exactly where to go and when might be a bit too confusing, here is a detailed guide that should help you find your way around the place:

Architecture sightseeing

Palm Springs architecture sightseeing

This city is famous for its mid-century modern architecture and design elements. All you have to do is to take a walk around the city, visit cute cafes and take in the vista of the countless beautiful houses that is Palm Springs. Almost every building is built by combining modern architecture with a little bit of all that is medieval. This is especially true if you consider the Visitors Centre whose exteriors are as good as the interiors. For your first day in the city, you could totally just spend your time getting acquainted with the structure and architecture that makes this beautiful city. 

Sun, sand and serenity

For your second day, you can go visit the Sonora Beach. A major chunk of the beach has been transformed into this amazing zoo that your entire family can enjoy. The kids would definitely cherish the opportunity to get a jeep tour of the area. 

Tip: Do remember to take enough water with you to stay hydrated properly. 

Travel the aerial tramway

Palm Springs - travel the aerial tramway

This is one of the most unique activities Palm Springs has to offer you. The aerial tramway has been in operation since 1963 and is awesome enough to garner the attention of both locals and tourists. This rotating car rises to a few thousand feet by the time it reaches its final destination. The car stops midway amongst mountain cafes, lounges and inns. At this point, you can take a break, drink a few cocktails and slowly make your way back. From the car, you will get to see some breathtaking aerial views of various cities, including the Coachella etcetera. This will definitely prove to be a rich and thrilling experience for the entire family.

Art Museum

People say you have to be a connoisseur of art to look at and understand paintings. But that is only true if you intend on buying a painting. And since chances of that happening are low, you can take your time appreciating art in all of its beauty without worrying about snobbish art critics and high browed art connoisseurs. 

Even if you do not visit the museum for its exquisite art collection, you must visit it for its sprawling architecture that takes visual and aesthetic pleasure to a different level entirely.

Go hiking

Again, this resort city is not all art, sand and cosy warm waters. Palm Springs is also well-known for the number of beautiful hiking trails it provides to its tourists. One of the most popular trails would be the one that leads to the gushing white waterfall that makes up the centrepiece amongst the blisteringly sandy heat of the Tahquitz Canyon. The crashing roar of the waterfall is soothing to the eyes as it stands amidst gorgeous hills that remain untainted by tasteless graffiti.

So, in case you are ready to get your adrenaline pumping and cannot wait to lay your eyes on the crystalline waters of the fall, you can book a trip with a professional ranger who will lead the way and make sure to lead you to your destination safely.

Moorten Botanical Gardens

Moorten Botanical Gardens

One walk to this garden will clear your questions about why exactly it made it to this list. If all the gardens you have seen so far merely boasted of exotic flowers, ancient and vulnerable species of trees and if you have made the mistake of expecting the same out of this, then are you in a for a ride. This botanical garden mostly has unique succulent plants and various and colourful kinds of cacti. This emerald and rainbow-hued land is filled with more than three thousand specimens of desert plants. If you ever thought that deserts are home only to cranky looking spiky cacti, prepare to be amazed at the burst of colours and greenery here.

Hot Springs in spas

Sounds amazing, right? There are so many spas and inns that boast of hot spring massages, that you will be spoilt for choice. These heavenly places offer a reprieve from the bone-chilling winters and run a soothingly healing hand over your stressed out muscles and sore legs. The entire experience is so relaxing that it would almost be a crime not to try it out.