Located in the California desert, Palm Springs is an oasis of glamour and year-round sunshine. It therefore is not surprising that it is a desert getaway for Hollywood A-listers. Last century, this desert city evolved into a go-to destination for health fanatics due to its dry heat and luxurious resort hotels. Nowadays, the city draws in tourists with its relaxing vibe, its mid-century modern architecture, and some of the best people-watching in the country.
Even though Palm Springs is the perfect destination for sipping cocktails by the pool, the Coachella Valley city offers much more than just that. The best way to get around is with your own rental car. So hop in and get driving.
What to See in Palm Springs
In the 1950s and 1960s, Palm Springs was the swinging getaway of Sinatra, Elvis, and dozens of other stars, partying the night away in fancy modernist homes. Nowadays, the city has made room for a new generation. This generation fell in love with steel-and-glass bungalows designed by renowned architects, vintage-styled boutique hotels, and kidney-shaped pools. Plus, you will find amazing hushed piano bars serving the perfect marguerita.
There are a couple of sights you definitely should consider seeing when you are in Palm Springs. The Indian Canyons are some of the most prominent sights. They were once home to the Agua Caliente Cahuilla Native American Indian tribe. Visitors to the canyons can now explore its many trails. Bring your binoculars, because the trails are a great place for bird-watching. Also, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is a must see. It has the world’s largest rotating gondolas.
Though the two-and-a-half-mile trip is only ten minutes long, the views it offers over the Chino Canyon are breathtaking. Finally, The Palm Springs Historical Society is located in an adobe house built by John McCallum, the first permanent white settler of Palm Springs. The museum is full of antiques as well as Indian artifacts, tools, and pictures.
Also make sure to visit the city during Modernism Week or go an architecture tour. After all, one of the most iconic features of Palm Springs is the area's modern architecture. America’s mid-century architecture boom is responsible for the way much of Palm Springs’ homes look today.
With more than 350 days of sunshine a year, the best time to visit Palm Springs is from January to May when the weather is warm but not too hot and sunny. During the summer months, the weather can be extremely hot. However, many find that that time of year is perfect for those who like a morning hike or to explore interior attractions, such as galleries, museums, and shops.
Car Rental with Orbitz
Whether you want an SUV, a classic mustang, or a compact car for city driving in Palm Springs, we at Orbitz should be your first stop when you are looking for cheap car rental. We offer low rates and rental car classes for everyone. Match your travel style to the car that best suits you.