The good-to-know guide for Greater Palm Springs

Palm Springs is as cool as it gets in the middle of the desert. This is the place for retro fun, vintage shops, and modernist houses. Here’s our essential guide for all things Greater Palm Springs.

Good to know

Palm Springs is always a good idea. Whether you’re planning a trip to Coachella, Stagecoach, or just a weekend getaway, there’s always something notable happening. 

  • Timezone: PST
  • Population 46,280
  • Area code: 760

The weather

It’s always warm in Palm Springs, but the summer can get super hot. You’ll find high temperatures of around 70°F (21°C) in the winter months, rising up to 115°F (46°C) in the summer months. 

  • January to April: Peak season due to more hospitable temperatures.
  • May to September: If you don’t like extreme heat, consider a trip outside of the summer months. However, the warm weather at night can be a great treat for night owls.
  • October to December: You’ll find a lot of business conventions, and more pleasant temperature conditions.

Getting around

Central Palm Springs is flat, making it a great walking and cycling city. 

  • Bicycle: More and more bike lanes are being built in the city. Rent a bike from Miramonte Resort.
  • Bus: SunLine public buses travel around the valley throughout the day. Bus 111 links Palm Springs with Palm Desert and Indio. Cash only.
  • Car and motorcycle: You can walk around most of the sights in downtown Palm Springs, but you’ll need a car to get around the valley. Major rental-car companies have airport desks. Also, consider two-wheelers as an alternative to getting around.

Palm Springs Visitor Center

This is a great first-stop for design and information. The visitor center is housed in the former Tramway Gas Station, and features cutting-edge design. 

Things to do

Check out three of our favorite articles on things to do in Greater Palm Springs: