The Perfête Travel Guide to Palm Springs, California

Brianna Kozlarek / Tuesday June 11, 2019

Ahhh, Palm Springs. An oasis in the desert. Nestled beside Coachella Valley and between the San Bernadino National Forest, Palm Desert, and Joshua Tree National Park, this California town is a favorite weekend destination. Only a quick drive from Los Angeles or a short flight into Palm Springs Regional Airport, this chic desert town is the perfect place for a relaxing getaway. Once there, you immediately feel transported. It is totally peaceful.Is Instagram-worthy. Has luxurious amenities, gorgeous San Jacinto Mountain views, palm trees, and perfête weather.  It is known for midcentury modern architecture, colorful doors, and a happening food scene. There are so many reasons to visit. Let’s get into specifics, because that is what we are here for, right? Here is everything you need to know to plan an epic weekend at one of our favorite travel destinations.

Where to Stay:

  • The Parker Palm Springs

Orange Door | Jonathan Adler Decor | Terrace Dining at Norma’s

The Parker Palm Springs hotel is iconic. I am sure you have seen its infamous orange door on your Instagram feed. From its stunning design à la Jonathan Adler to the sprawling 13 acre resort property (complete with an adults only pool), you cannot go wrong at this luxurious spot.


  • Korakia Pensione

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Korakia Pensione is our go-to spot when we hit Palm Springs. It is modeled after Morocco and feels like a total escape. There are record players in every room. Pools lit by torches. Candles at night. Daily afternoon Moroccan tea time. The grounds are dreamy and the breakfast is on point. Plus, lots of Insta worthy backgrounds.


  • The Ace Hotel at Palm Springs

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If you are looking for a fun pool party with hipster vibes, look no further than the boutique Ace Hotel Palm Springs. There are record players in every room, killer aesthetics, guaranteed cold drinks, and good music poolside. Each room also has a big patio, making it the perfect place to host happy hour with friends or have your morning coffee watching the sun rise over the San Jacinto Mountains.


What to Do:

  • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

The Palm Springs Aerial Tram is so much fun! You take the tram up 8,000 and are transported from desert heat to cool mountain air. Walk around and take a picnic. Have a cocktail at the tramway lodge bar. This is a must do and is offers spectacular desert and mountain views.


  • Architecture Tour

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Palm Springs is known for its killer architecture. So, it is only natural that we recommend going on an architecture tour while you are here. Very mid-century modern, lots of bright colors and pastels. You can get home decor inspiration and content for your feed for months. Win win.


  • Moorten Botanical Garden

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Feeling nature-y? Check out Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium. Absolutely beautiful, and you will get in some steps too.


  • Chill by the Pool/Go for a Bike Ride

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Most hotels offer free bike rentals, and Palm Springs is the perfête town to go for a leisurely bike ride. It is so picturesque and fun to explore. But, it is also HOT. Be sure to pack that bikini and sunscreen. Get in some hours by the pool with gorgeous views of the San Jacinto Mountains.


  • Explore the Desert Landscape

joshua tree engagement photo
Photo by Randy + Ashley,

Palm Springs is less than an hour from Joshua Tree National Park, which should definitely be on your bucket list. Two distinct ecosystems, the Mojave Desert and the Colorado Desert, come together in this stunning California landscape. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the wonder of southern California wilderness. It is the perfête place to explore and a gorgeous spot for a desert engagement photoshoot. We are not just hyping it, it is really that cool. BUT bring lots of water and sunscreen, cause it is literally the middle of the desert.



Where to Eat:

  • Norma’s at The Parker Palm Springs

Norma's Palm Springs

Located in The Parker Hotel, Norma’s is an iconic spot to grab breakfast. Inside or outside, the decor is gorgeous. Order the huevos rancheros and the berry brioche french toast and thank us later.


  • Birba

YUM. Love Italian, outdoor eating and a romantic vibe? Birba Palm Springs is your spot 🙂 The charcuterie, the pizzas – everything is fab. You cannot go wrong.


  • Jake’s Palm Springs Restaurant

Via The Everygirl

From The Everygirl: “Jake’s is a local favorite for its mix of delicious gourmet food, casual outdoor dining, and friendly staff. The Palm Springs institution serves lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, which includes everything from comfort-food favorites like egg sandwiches and a turkey BLT to splurge-worthy seared ahi tuna and New York strip steak.”

  • Azucar Restaurant