Palm Springs: The Best Year-Round Destination in California

The desert city of Palm Springs is nostalgic and truly timeless. It serves as an iconic example of mid-century California living in the form of 1960s architecture, vintage cars, and palm-tree-lined streets. I have been vacationing in Palm Springs since I was a young girl, and it’s easy to see why it’s a popular, family-friendly holiday destination.

Palm Springs Desert
Palm Springs Desert © Elizabeth Orient

Half of the fun is getting there! The city is about a 2.5- to 3-hour drive from Los Angeles. For those visiting beyond Los Angeles or San Diego, flying into Palm Springs International Airport is another option. Once you’ve arrived, there are hotels on nearly every corner. Wanting to stay near downtown? The Saguaro is quirky and colorful place to call home for the weekend. The Palm Canyon Resort is perfect for families with children. If gambling is your guilty pleasure, consider staying at the Morongo Casino and Resort or at the Agua Caliente Casino and Resort. Side note: You won’t want to miss shopping at the Cabazon Outlets on your way into town from the 10 freeway. You never know when you might stumble upon that perfect summer dress or floppy sunhat…

Palm Springs Indian Canyons  
Indian Canyons © Elizabeth Orient

Desert temperatures can vary greatly depending on the season; it’s important to mention different recreational activities.

Weather permitting (when it’s not blazing hot), plan a day trip to the Living Desert for a fun zoo excursion. Take a moment to feed the giraffes! For history buffs, visit the Palm Springs Air Museum to learn about the area’s unique aviation background. One of my favorite memories as a kid was taking a tour of the windmills that power Palm Springs. Witnessing these behemoth marvels of engineering in action is a unique experience. As you can see, there is plenty to do!

Palm Springs Desert Panorama
Palm Springs Desert Panorama © Elizabeth Orient

In the summer months, most visitors are looking for ways to cool off. Take the family to the Wet ‘n Wild Water Park or take a hike in the mountains via the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. The mountain air is usually 30–40 degrees cooler than the temperature in the valley. Waking up early and hiking in the Indian Canyons brings its own refreshment and relief from the heat. If shopping is your idea of staying cool, I highly recommend checking out the shops at The River at Rancho Mirage or El Paseo in Palm Desert. Additionally, both malls offer an array of dining and entertainment options.

Palm Springs knows how to make sure that people come back for more. It’s an enduring tourism town that caters to individuals and families alike. With some planning, it’s possible to enjoy the desert year round!

About Elizabeth Orient, The Traveling Editor

Liz Orient avatarI am a travel journalist by passion and a copy editor by trade. Both worlds allow me to express my love for Philip K. Dick novels, erasable pens, and the Oxford comma.

I enjoy writing about unique destinations in the United States and abroad. My favorite experiences involve meeting new people and learning about different cultures. I regularly contribute to the San Diego Reader, East County Magazine, and my own travel website. I have published over 30 magazine articles and blog posts.

Let’s work together on promoting your destination or brand with publications and social media coverage. I am also available for ambassador opportunities, affiliate partnerships, and sponsored posts. Find me on TravMedia, Muck Rack, and Cision.

In my spare time, I watch cooking/design shows on Netflix, go horseback riding, or cuddle with my feline assistant, Sputnik.

Connect with Liz and view samples of her work here.

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