EXPLORE PALM SPRINGS: THINGS TO DO
Want a balanced mix of relaxation and activity? Palm Springs is the perfect spot to get what you need from both.
Start by riding the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the world’s largest rotating tramcar, up into the pristine wilderness of Mount San Jacinto State Park. With a 360° rotation, you get an all-encompassing view of Chino Canyon and beyond. Once you reach the top, there are plenty of paths to venture upon or sign up for one of the free scheduled tours of the park.
Palm Springs is also home to Moorten Botanical Gardens, Wet ‘N’ Wild Water Park, and San Andreas Fault Jeep Tours. Prime for day adventures, each activity offers a unique, local view of the area. You’ll also find a world-class art museum, art galleries, zoological gardens, theater performances, and celebrity homes. Shoppers can choose from haute couture to discount outlet deals to souvenir shops. And foodies can find their next go-to spot among the burgeoning culinary scene.
Last but not least, Palm Springs is the golf capital of the world! Dozens of golf courses are within a short drive and the dry heat creates an ideal climate for time spent on the green. Get out and discover the ins and outs of the desert lifestyle. We’ll be ready and waiting for when you return.
Location & Climate
Palm Springs, California lies on the western edge of the Coachella Valley, within the Colorado Desert. Known for its golf courses, star-studded music festivals, and outstanding winter weather, this LGBT-friendly community is a celebrated location for mid-century modern architecture and a climate that is hard to beat.
- More than 350 days of sunshine
- Less than 5 inches of rain annually
- Winter highs/lows: 70s / mid-40s
- Summer highs/lows: 100s / upper-70s
A Hollywood History
The legendary "Two-Hour Rule" of Hollywood studios put Palm Springs on the map as a playground for the rich and famous as early as the 1920s. Actors under contract had to be within two hours from the studio at all times to accommodate last-minute film or photo shoots. If they weren’t on set, it wouldn’t be uncommon to find they’ve escaped from the fast-paced city and found a place to breathe in Palm Springs.
Among the famed guests who have graced our sidewalks include: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Bob Hope, Albert Einstein, Bing Crosby, Kirk Douglas, Cary Grant, Jack Benny, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis & Priscilla Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, and Suzanne Somers, as well as Presidents Ford, Eisenhower, and Reagan.
Palm Springs Area Attractions
Palm Springs is a quick, inviting getaway for Southern California residents and a desert oasis for people from all over come the world to experience for themselves. Filled with rich history, culture, and fine dining, Palm Springs is an easy place to feel at home.
Coachella Valley Annual Events
This area of the desert has become more synonymous with the musical lifestyle rather than its actual geographic region, which is why Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs fits right in. After all, every year, people gear up for “Coachella,” a festival famed for its experience, not necessarily its destination.
Turns out wide open spaces make for the ultimate venue for big name bands (and upcoming artists) to showcase their talents in front of thousands of adoring fans. The artistic vibe encompassing this area extends into other yearly events as well, including the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Palm Springs Pride Festival, and El Paseo Fashion Week, among others. Dive right into the desert scene and see what you may have been missing.