Five reasons to visit Palm Springs in winterDecember 21, 2018
In the early 1920s, Hollywood stars made Palm Springs their resort destination as an escape from the glitz and glam of Tinseltown. Ever since, Palm Springs has grown in popularity as a tourist destination with its arid landscape, golf courses, fine weather, and laid-back vibe. The views of the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa mountains create a beautiful backdrop and mountain haven for the Hollywood set.
Palm Springs is an all-year round tourist destination, but is a firm favorite in the winter months. Here are five reasons to put Palm Springs on your winter go-to list.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Palm Springs isn’t a lonely oasis. Nine cities make up the Greater Palm Springs area: Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio, and Coachella. Get a dramatic desert view of them all from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Board a rotating car as you ascend 1.5 miles and find yourself facing the entirety of the Coachella Valley below. Enjoy lunch at the mountaintop cafe or hike deeper into the San Jacinto Mountains.
Shop ‘til you drop
There are few places where you can enjoy leisurely outdoor shopping in the dead of winter, but thanks to the warm temperatures, Palm Springs is certainly one of them. Known as the ‘Rodeo Drive of the Desert’, head along to the mile-long shopping strip in Palm Desert. With over 300 high-end boutiques, jewelers, salons, and restaurants, you’re sure to have a great shopping experience.
On the road again
There’s nothing quite like a desert road trip. Palm Springs is just a 50-minute drive to Joshua Tree National Park. Watching the sun set over actual Joshua Trees, illuminating the rocks with a warm orange glow; coming face-to-face with wildlife; and eating amazing food – Joshua Tree is well worth the trip.
Hiking the canyons
Tahquitz Canyon is a 2-mile popular hiking loop. The main attraction here is the 50-foot waterfall tucked away in the middle of the desert. Hikes in the Palm Springs area can be difficult in summer due to the overbearing heat, but winter trips make these kind of activities a lot more enjoyable.
Whether you enjoy browsing around farmer’s markets or art markets, winter in Palm Springs is full of fun, free open air shopping. The Street Fair at College of the Desert in Palm Desert has extended hours during the winter months, so you can spend extra time perusing the abundance of vendors, who offer everything from handcrafted items, to pottery and skincare.
For a warm break away in the midst of winter, Palm Springs is a popular choice. If you still crave the snow, you may find it atop the San Jacinto Mountains.