Palm Springs is widely known for its proximity to Coachella. Filled with boutique hotels, trendy restaurants, and amazing mid-century architecture this desert city is definitely worth checking out. I recently spent three days in the city, but it would have been nice to have an extra day to fit in all the things I would have liked to see and do. However, if you only have three days in Palm Springs here’s some suggestions.
WHERE TO STAY IN Palm Springs
The Saguaro is known for its bright and colorful exterior and decor. The hotel is located in the heart of Palm Springs only about 10 minutes from the downtown area. If you’re looking to get around town without driving, The Saguaro offers a shuttle service to hotel guests and there’s also a city trolley stop in front of the property. However, the hotel has plenty of amenities to enjoy. You can hang around the pool, get a treatment at the spa, and grub on some tacos at the hotel’s restaurant El Jefe.
WHERE TO EAT
There’s a few locations littered throughout Palm Springs. Try the cinnamon-vanilla or Belgian chocolate-carmel cold brew infusion.
- Pinocchio in the desert
If you’re into boozy brunches, you definitely have to go to Pinocchio’s when you’re in Palm Springs. They have $5 bottomless champagne all day, everyday. Get there early to secure a table, and enjoy a hearty breakfast with your bubbles.
- Lappert’s Ice Cream
I’m not a huge ice cream person, but when I tell you that you have to try the horchata ice cream, I mean it. Honestly, one of the best ice cream flavors I’ve ever tried.
- Las Casuelas Terraza
If you’re looking for a good Mexican restaurant to hit, Las Casuelas is where to go. This place came recommended and I now know why. The food is delicious and so are the margaritas. I suggest sitting outside on the patio where you’ll be near the band playing live music nightly.
Yummy, fresh Italian food. The dining area is outside on a cute patio area with trees and bistro lights. They do take reservations, if you’re super set on eating here.
WHAT TO DO
- Visit the Moorten Botanical Gardens
Somewhere to definitely visit if you’re looking to capture and insta-worthy shot and pick up a cute succulent or cactus while you’re at it.
- Check out the colorful Doors
I didn’t get a chance to do this while I was in Palm Springs but I’d love to check some out next time I visit. Here’s a good guide on how to find some.
- Check out the dinos
Near the Cabazon Outlets are the Cabazon dinosaurs. You can check out the T-Rex and Brachiosaurus for free or wander inside Mr. Rex’s Dinosaur Adventure for $13.
- Hang by the Pool
There’s plenty of great pools to check out in Palm Springs, most of which host parties on the weekends. Although we stayed The Ace Pool Club came highly recommended.
- Take a bike ride
The Saguaro and many of the hotels in Palm Springs offer free bike rentals. Take a ride and explore near your hotel.
- Go Shopping at the Outlets
From American Eagle to Burberry, and everything in between the Cabazon Outlets have something for every style and budget.
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