Coachella takes place in Indio, California, just twenty minutes east of Palm Springs. When you stay out in the desert, whether in a hotel or house, you’re never too far from some of the hot spots in Palm Springs. This year we spent a long weekend in Palm Springs to explore more of our favorites in the desert including Moorten Botanical Gardens, The Saguaro, Parker Palm Springs, #ThatPinkDoor, and Joshua Tree National Park.
Our advice? If you’re going to the desert for a music fest or other event, always reserve some time to explore and soak in all the architecture and retro vibes. Palm Springs is perfect for that. And if you’re going for a girls getaway or sunny weekend with your love, you’ve picked the right spot.
Here are the best things to check out on a long weekend in Palm Springs:
The Saguaro Palm Springs
The Saguaro is the most colorful hotel I’ve ever seen and if you’re craving some color on your blog, Instagram feed, or just life in general, you’ll quickly realize this is a perfect place for that! It’s like upscale trendy vibe meets desert motel.
This is probably one of the most photographed hotels in Palm Springs!
Parker Palm Springs
If you want to take it up a notch and are feeling like you can down $32 glasses of rose like water, then the Parker is your spot. From it’s lush grounds to its iconic white facade and orange door, this is the spot to be seen at and also one of the best photo spots in Palm Springs. And if you’re coming here for a music fest, be sure to book early.
Moorten Botanical Gardens
If you have an hour, or longer, this is another quaint spot close to downtown that’s worth stopping by. Whether you take a quick stroll through or stop and take some photos and pick up a $4 succulent on your way out, it’s well worth a drop by at this botanical inspiration haven on your Palm Springs itinerary.
Last but not least….
Joshua Tree National Park
If there’s any one place I could go to escape in California, this is it. Joshua Tree is the most unique place and a perfect day trip from Palm Springs, so unique that you’re convinced you’ve left earth and landed on a foreign planet. This last trip I was lucky enough to enjoy the park on a Tuesday morning with little to no one around. If you’re there on a weekend in Palm Springs, it’ll definitely be busier. But it’s less than an hour away and definitely worth the drive.
Thanks for stopping by and reading about our long weekend in Palm Springs experience. If you have anything you’d love to share about your favorite things in the Desert, please comment below!
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