By Sofia Casillas
Palm Springs is the perfect place to visit for a weekend desert escape. It’s approximately two and a half hours away from San Diego and the traffic to get there is normally not bad. Here’s a list of the best things to do during your visit based on my trips there.
Ride the World’s Largest Rotating Tramcar
If you aren’t afraid of heights this is a must in Palm Springs! The Palm Springs Aerial Tram takes you up more than two and a half miles up through the mountainous cliffs to the San Jacinto State Park where you can dine or take a nature walk. This is also a good photo op!
Chill At The Pool and Get Your Tan On
Do I even need to explain? Palm Springs is hot, like really hot. The best way to stay cool is to go swimming. If you’re not in the mood for a swim, I suggest doing intervals of tanning and getting in the pool. Don’t forget to wear sunblock!
Go Thrift Shopping
I’m not sure what it is about Palm Springs but it has some of the best thrift stores. From downtown Palm Springs all way to Palm Desert, you’ll be able to find some of the best (and cleanest) thrift shops. Here are some I’d check out: Revivals, Plato’s Closet, Goodwill, Angel View Thrift Mart, and the POP Shop.
Go to the Weekly Street Fair
Every Thursday there’s a street fair called the Villagefest in downtown Palm Springs from 7-10 p.m. You’ll find unique items, eccentric street art, and great food all while walking around downtown. Not to mention, this is a great opportunity to people watch.
Stroll the Palm Springs Walk of Stars
Yes, Hollywood isn’t the only place with a Walk of Stars. That’s right—Palm Springs has one too. The stars you’ll find are of individuals who’ve made an impact in the city. I’ve spotted the stars of George Lopez, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Debbie Reynolds, and even the only and only Palm Springs Santa, Mike Allen.
Visit the Palm Springs Art Museum
The museum highlights a lot of Palm Springs art history, and has a whole section of modern art (see my picture below of one of my favorite pieces). A couple years ago, I even got to see the Frida Kahlo exhibit. Admission is $12 Tuesdays through Sundays, except on Thursdays when admission is free during the Villagefest hours.
Explore The Playground of the Stars
You can take the Rich and Famous Tour and visit all the Hollywood stars’ homes in Palm Springs. You’ll see the homes of Elvis Presley, Nancy Sinatra, Liz Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and many more! If you don’t have money to take the guided tour, plan your own. You can find so much information online.
Have The Craziest Milkshake Ever at Great Shakes
I found this place on my last trip to Palm Springs. It resides in the heart of downtown, and has a very humble storefront. The moment you step into it though, you know it’s something special. The shakes, all of which are vanilla-based, range from Oreo to s’mores, and even a white chocolate lavender flavor. There’s really something here for everyone. All the milkshakes are served with a mini donut on the straw. Yum!