24 hours in Palm Springs

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See amazing modern architecture

Maybe your short trip is deliberate, or maybe you’re just stopping in for a quick stay en route elsewhere, or you’re here in Palm Springs but with work to do. Palm Springs, California and the surrounding areas have endless things to do, so it isn’t hard to plan a fun 24-hour getaway. Below are some suggestions on how to spend 24 hours Palm Springs.

24 hours in Palm Springs

The city of Palm Springs itself has so many beautiful things to see and exciting activities to do. From great restaurants to unique hotels and exhibitions, there is no doubt visitors can spend an entire day there and not get bored.

See the sights, and desert modern architecture

First and foremost, Palm Springs is known for its beauty. There are many sightseeing tours that will take you around the city and show off the modernist architecture including the Kaufmann House and Palms Spring’s City Hall. You can also see works created by legends such as E. Stewart Williams, Albert Frey, and Richard Neutra.

Take a modern tour—at your convenience!

If you don’t have time to book into a dedicated tour that starts at a specific time, check out Modern Tours Palm Springs; it has self-driving, self-guided multimedia audio and photo tours that you can take whenever is convenient for you. Follow the easy online tour instructions with directions built in and enjoy a 90 minute to 2 hour tour of some of the most amazing architecture in Palm Springs.

Shop till you drop

There is plenty of shopping to be done in Palm Springs, including the popular Trina Turk store in the Uptown Design District, which has a totally retro vibe and sells vintage clothing, home accessories, and more. Prepare yourself to see a lot of neon coloring as well as shiny vintage decorations both for show and for sale. Bon Vivant is a nice antique shop in the area, and Route 66 is an excellent place to see and purchase upscale antique clothing, jewelry, and other accessories.

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Art at the Palm Springs Art Museum

See the art

If you’re into art, the Palm Springs Art Museum is open all week except Tuesdays and Wednesdays and offers exhibitions as well as various collections all throughout. You can also check their website to look at tour times. Of course, Palm Springs also has several other museums that are very interesting, including the Palm Springs Air Museum and the Palm Springs Mod Squad, which offers various architecture tours.

View natural beauty

If you can squeeze it in a visit to the desert is worth it. Take a short drive to the Thousand Palms Oasis and stroll through a natural volcanic rift oasis that’s surrounded by desert sands and nubby foothills. Or check out some other ways to enjoy nature on your short visit here by reading our Natural Wonders blog.

Dine out

Plenty of restaurants and bars line the main streets of Palm Springs, including the 1940’s-inspired Ruby’s Diner, patio dining at Miro’s Restaurant, and tequila bar El Jefe at the Saguaro Hotel. Great Shakes is an excellent option for a quick dessert before you can enjoy the rooftop bar at 4 Saints at the Kimpton Rowan Hotel, which is a great way to wind down the day.

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The Kimpton hotel’s rooftop bar

Although you’ll be extremely busy during the day, you will also need somewhere to relax at night.

There are plenty of chain hotels in Palm Springs, but there are also many smaller, more retro places to stay. This includes Ruby Montana’s Coral Sands Inn, which gives a 1950’s vibe, and the Casa Cody Bed & Breakfast, which was founded in the 1920’s by Buffalo Bill’s cousin and is rich in history.

There’s no shortage of things to do in beautiful Palm Springs!



Palm Springs Traveller Staff