Palm Springs

Mike & Donna's verdict:

Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley are forever associated with Palm Springs, but there’s much more to the California golfing resort than just glitz. Sure, there are luxury hotels and swish spas, but plenty of museums and galleries too, mountain hiking and natural wonders like the Joshua Tree National Park on the doorstep.

Recommended tour operator: Abercrombie & Kent

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Abercrombie & Kent says

Palm Springs, located in the heart of the Coachella Valley in southern California, is a sunshine oasis.

Whether you’re looking to truly embrace the spirit of adventure, relax beside a glittering pool or enjoy a fun-filled holiday with family, friends or loved ones – this cool desert city offers fun in the sun all year round.

Resting at the feet of the majestic San Jacinto Mountains, Palm Springs is a haven for nature lovers and adrenaline junkies. Soar to the top of Mount San Jacinto on the world’s largest rotating tramcar, hike the ancient Indian Canyons, go rock climbing in Joshua Tree National Park, roar along sand dunes on quad bikes and explore the archaeological sites of the San Andreas Fault on a jeep safari.

Once the ancestral home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Palm Springs’ gentle village vibe has been preserved over the years. It’s complemented by chic boutiques, restaurants, bars and a host of museums and art galleries and you can unwind in natural hot springs and tee off at world-famous golf courses.

Take a celebrity tour of the city (Palm Springs was a hot haunt in the ’50s) or stay in the former homes of Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley.

There is a dazzling array of luxury hotels, spa resorts and quirky boutiques to choose from.

Some of our favourites include the Parker Palm Springs which has four swimming pools and sublime service, and the glamorous yet low key Avalon Palm Springs. The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage is a world-class resort, a haven of luxury with incredible mountain views.

You’ll find lots more information and inspiration on the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism’s own website.

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