Palm Springs can be a wild time or a quiet getaway for visitors. From festivals to pool lounging to hiking, there’s something to do for everyone. Palm Springs is gifted with near perfect weather which makes for the perfect vacation spot in the desert. You can kick it at the pools or hop around downtown for a cold beer and some good music in shorts and sunglasses. With festivals like Coachella and Stagecoach, you can also plan a getaway with a bit more excitement. Palm Springs is a wonderful location in California for a wedding and provides a number of wedding venues to choose from for couples looking to have a destination Palm Springs wedding.

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Top things to do in Palm Springs

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

The towering peaks of the San Jacinto Mountains are the second highest in Southern California. If you are visiting Palm Springs I would definitely recommend hoping on the tramway to 8,516 feet where you can hike, snowshoe and cross-country ski. Regardless, the breath of fresh air and the views will be worth the trip.

Palm Springs Art Museum

I’ve personally visited the Palm Springs Art Museum which is conveniently located near the downtown area and it’s worth a visit. If you are appreciative of art and history, this place will be the perfect place to stop for an hour or so during your trip.

Palm Springs Air Museum

If you appreciate aircrafts and history you’ll love the Palm Springs Air Museum. With planes from World War II, it’s been known to be raved as one of the best museums in Palm Springs and is sure to please all ages.

Joshua Tree National Park

If you don’t mind a 40 mile drive to get out of the heart of Palm Springs, the hidden oasis is worth a visit. Whether you want to make a day trip out of it or camp overnight, Joshua Tree National park is a must-see location but be sure to bring lots of water if you plan to hike around.

Walk around downtown and grab some drinks and food

Downtown Palm Springs is worth a day of exploring. There are a variety of trendy restaurants and bars or you can hit up a more local spot like Peabody’s Cafe that I recommend. If you brought some extra cash with you, I would recommend doing some shopping in the boutiques and shops along the main drag.