Palm Springs Uncovered
The resort city of Palm Springs, California is a must-see destination for anyone intent on getting a comprehensive Golden State experience. Roughly 100 miles east of Los Angeles, Palm Springs was once the premier getaway spot for Hollywood’s elite. The result is a desert town thriving on top-notch service, five-star luxury, and one-of-a-kind experience without the hustle and bustle of a major metropolis.
If time is short or you’re unsure what to do, here are the activities Palm Springs is best known for:
Ride the Aerial Tramway
Holding the world record for the largest rotating aerial tramway ever built, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is a truly unique and unforgettable experience. Riders slowly climb 8,500 feet into the air to the peak of San Jacinto, where breathtaking views of the valley below are sure to inspire positive vibes. The ride itself provides a nearly nonstop scenic adventure both during the ascent and descent, especially during the blue and golden hours of the day.
Experience the Resort Lifestyle
Palm Springs is perhaps most famous for the luxury resorts scattered throughout town and surrounding suburbs. The accommodations range from intimate, close-quarters arrangements to the Palm Springs family resort options that provide a more easy-going atmosphere. The resorts at Palm Springs provide perfect jumping off points for visitors determined to see the city’s sights, as well as provide the accommodations typically associated with lifestyles of the rich and famous – for a reasonable price.
Visit the Air Museum
World War II history buffs will absolutely love the Palm Springs Air Museum. No other facility on Earth houses as many functioning WWII-era aircraft. Each airplane has been restored to its factory condition. Even folks typically bored with history will be awestruck by the brilliant paint and sheer size of the aircraft on display; it’s hard to be enthralled by fuzzy black and white photos, but war-era fighters and bombers, observed in living color, help to bring history to life.
Walk the Trail
The Golden State contains some of the most beautiful and distinct-looking natural landscapes on the planet. The Indian Canyon trails south of Palm Springs give hikers a chance to witness the untouched terrain of Southern California. Varying in intensity, just about anyone can find a path to follow for several miles, walking by fascinating rock formations and through palm tree canopies.
Tour the Architecture
Daring and exceptional Mid-20th Century Modern architecture is spread throughout the city of Palm Springs. Ranging from homes to offices, the buildings are a testament to the “retro-future” design styles synonymous with the 1950s and 60s. Multiple tours are available, but folks with their own vehicle can easily create a tour on-the-go. Wikipedia can easily fill in the backstory for each location, with online lists providing the jumping-off point.
California is more than just a big state speckled with several world-class cities. In between these major urban cores are small towns seemingly zoned for rest and relaxation. Of them, Palm Springs ranks above and beyond due to a variety of impressive activities and a reputation for luxury accommodations.