Things to do in Palm Springs
Plenty of things to do in Palm Springs
Palm Springs has more than 350 days of sunshine with less than 5 inches of rain. Winter temperatures average in the 70’s with nights in the mid-’40s. The dry desert heat of summer pushes daytime temperatures into the 100’s, which is enjoyed by sun seekers from around the globe.
The geography of Palm Springs is what creates the famed warm, dry climate. At 487 feet above sea level, Palm Springs is sheltered by the Little San Bernardino Mountains to the north, the Santa Rosa Mountains on the south, and the San Jacinto Mountains to the west.
Its weather and location make Plam Spring the ideal vacation destination for young and old, and there is plenty to do. You can enjoy desert nature hikes and jeep adventures to the Casino, the large variety of restaurants and shops, enticing art galleries, and much more.
Looking for a great trail near Palm Springs, California? All Trails has 71 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails, and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Mount San Jacinto State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Whitewater Preserve or Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Reservation. Ready for some activity? There are 42 moderate trails in Palm Springs ranging from 1.4 to 15.3 miles and from 367 to 10,784 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Known for mid-century modern style, its plethora of championship golf courses, warm weather, and a fun and welcoming vibe, the city, along with several surrounding communities known collectively as the Coachella Valley, is a popular winter destination. Beyond the golf resorts and swimming pools there are still plenty of things to do and places to visit. You can take your pick from a wide range of activities like shopping; dining; touring museums; or exploring the surrounding desert, mountains, and canyons.
When it's cold in most other parts of North America (approximately November through March), that's the high season for Palm Springs, and the population swells with visitors and snowbirds (people who live here only during the winter). The city is home to a serious lineup of Hollywood celebrities each January during the annual Palm Springs Film Festival, and draws architecture and design fans from around the world during February's Modernism Week. The city is also crowded in April during the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals, held in Indio about 30 minutes from downtown.
For sightseeing ideas, see our list of the top things to do in Palm Springs.