Palm Springs Guide: Celebrity Homes, Museums, Shopping, Food & Hikes

For decades Palm Springs has been a playground for both the rich and famous and the weekend warriors. During the summer it reaches over 110 degrees, but that doesn't stop people from flocking to its pools and activities. I prefer visiting in the winter as it is less busy and it allows me to spend more time hiking and exploring some of the rich outdoor opportunities available at only a stones through from the city. Browse some of my favorite museums, restaurants and outdoor activities below and let me know what your favorite spot is in the comments so I can keep adding new adventures to this guide.

Food

Palm Springs is full to the brim with amazing culinary spots. One of the top rated pizza places in the US is here (Bill's) and Cheeky's is one of my personal favorite spots in the area. Even the restaurant in the Hard Rock Hotel is fantastic and keeps me coming back for more, here are a few of my favorites.

Cheekys Palm Springs

Bills Pizza

The Sandwich Spot

Trio Restaurant

Simon Kitchen + Bar

Museums and Historic Spots

Palm Springs is full of celebrity history, with the most famous being its connection with Elvis and Frank Sinatra. You can tour Elvis honeymoon house while you are there or pop over to a few of the fun museums such as the Air Museum and Ruddy's 1930's General Store.

Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway

Palm Springs Air Museum

Ruddy's 1930's General Store

Hiking

While you want to stay away from most hikes in the desert during the summer, or at least not hike in the heat of the day, there are a lot of great options around Palm Springs for getting outdoors. Here are a few.

Tahquitz Canyon Falls

San Jacinto

Joshua Tree National Park

Shopping & Other Attractions

Of course there are many things to do in Palm Springs that do not fit in the above mold, such as shopping and checking out some of the more unique spots like the robot sculpture garden.

Downtown Palm Springs Guide

Robolights Sculpture Garden

Hotels

I have only stayed in one hotel in Palm Springs and honestly it was so fantastic that I am not sure whether I will ever stay anywhere else. You can read all about my time at the Hard Rock Hotel below.

Hard Rock Hotel

Now it is your turn, what did I leave off this list that you love exploring in Palm Springs? Be sure to leave in in the comments to others can find it as well.

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  • Sylvia Riet

    This is perfect timing since I’m going to Palm Desert next weekend and wanted stuff to do in addition to Joshua Tree! Thanks for the tips and the post!

    • Awesome, glad it was helpful! Let me know if you have any questions!

  • GooliZAP

    Woody’s Burgers! Also, the robot sculpture garden

    • Great idea, I added in the sculpture garden and will have to check out Woody’s next time!

  • Barbi Lazarus

    I second that Woody’s is fantastic! Love going for the live music and the maple syrup sweet potato fries. On the hiking section – I’d say that Palm and Andreas Canyons are WAY more stunning than Tahquitz. The scenery is absolutely jaw dropping. Coachella Valley Preserve and Whitewater Canyon are two of my other favourites.

    • Thanks for the suggestions, I will add both of those to my list before the summer heat!