Iconic & unexpected photo spots in Palm Springs

Palm Springs has been a popular destination for more than a hundred years. The city began as a playground and home for Hollywood stars. Marilyn Monroe spent lots of time here, and Elvis was married, honeymooned and lived in the area. Frank Sinatra, Sonny Bono, and other famous people all called Palm Springs home.  Now, Palm Springs is probably most famous for being the gateway to the Coachella Dessert, home to the Coachella Music Festival. Whatever the reason you have found yourself in Palm Springs, there are some places that you must see for the perfect photo opportunity.

Cool photo locations in Palm Springs

Palm Springs Sign

Where: Gateway Park: Corner of Vista Chino and Gene Autry Trail

Snap yourself in front of this iconic sign, backed by its towering palm trees. Your friends and family will really know you’ve arrived!

Rancho Super Elephant Car Wash

Where: 71490 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage

The Elephant Car Wash has one of the most photographed neon signs outside of Las Vegas. The large blue elephant providing a car wash is a classic mid-century neon sculpture.

Hotel californiaHotel California

Where: 424 E Palm Canyon Drive 

The name says it all. And when you pull up in front of the hotel, you will be taken back to the picture on the album cover of Hotel California by the Eagles. Any fan of this timeless song cannot resist taking their picture in front of Hotel California. The good news – it has been recently renovated, and you may even enjoy a stay.

Joshua Tree National Park

Where: Joshua Tree National Park, approximately 1 hour northeast of Palm Springs

Joshua Tree National Park is an amazing park that has a unique ecosystem. This dessert is a combination of Colorado and Mojave deserts, forming a unique landscape and containing plants and animals found nowhere else in the world, most namely the Joshua Tree. Visiting at night gives you beautiful sunset backgrounds for the pics.

Cabazon Dinosaurs

Where: 50770 Seminole Drive, Cabazon

The Cabazon Dinosaurs park is a must-see roadside attraction. Filled with “dinos,” you can explore their world and climb to the top of a 3-story T-Rex for amazing views. You probably remember this iconic roadside attraction from the movie Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. If you are lucky you can see the “Wafflesaurus Food Truck” when you visit.

Palm Springs Tramway

Where: 1 Tram Way, Palm Springs

The Palm Springs Tramway boasts the world’s largest rotating cable car. Take a 2.5-mile journey in the tram while gently rotating for breathtaking views. When you reach the top, you can take even more pics of the valley area. This is a must-experience picture taking opportunity.

Photo courtesy Edoardo Tresoldi, artist, edoardotresoldi.com


Where: Corner of Sixth St. and Ceaser Chavez, City of Coachella

Etherea is an amazing sculpture by artist Edoardo Tresoldi. The mesh sculpture is of a cathedral. However, the mesh texture and strategic lighting make the sculpture seem otherworldly. It is a stunning optical illusion that was first created for the Coachella Music Festival in 2018. Everyone was so stunned by the sculpture that it was moved to the corner of Sixth and Caeser Chavez, where it will remain.

 What The Nose Knows

Where: 73-705 El Paseo, Palm Desert

This is a unique sculpture that says everything and nothing at all. The large nose and eyeglasses make you think of Hollywood, sunshine, beaches, and just the funny things in life.

Rebirth. Photo Courtesy nicoleponslerpaints.com


Where: 82-660 Miles Ave, Indio

One of the many murals that are located throughout Palm Springs. Rebirth, however, is the most colorful and stirs many different emotions. Created by artist Nicole Ponsler in 2013.

Any one of these fun and funky photo stops will give you lasting memories or instant Instagram gratification!

Palm Springs Traveller Staff