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Palm Springs, California: A Complete Travel Guide


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Palm Springs is just over 100 miles from Los Angeles where I live, but every time I visit, meaning several times a year, I feel worlds apart.

The simple fact of arriving in the desert reframes my state of mind. The weather is warm, clean and dry; the landscape is almost lunar and the glamorous vibe of the poolside caftans is just what I need to relax and regroup.

I’ve also always enjoyed how the city is steeped in the glitzy spirit of old Hollywood with mid-century architecture and historic residences that hark back to when the city served as a retreat for stars like Bob Hope. , Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, Lucille Ball, and other A-listers.

In recent years, the area has become well known for its music and arts festivals, drawing hundreds of thousands to Coachella and Stagecoach in nearby Indio. But other long-running gatherings, like the Palm Springs International Film Festival and Modernism Week, also attract serious culture buffs.

A family of four posing in front of a bold door

I regularly travel with my family of four to Palm Springs. Here we are in one of our favorite hotels, the Parker.

Alessandra Dubin

The famed LGBTQ-friendly city has more than 130 hotels and resorts to accommodate its many visitors, with signature accommodations in cutting-edge bungalows and casitas flanked by sparkling pools. I visit for solo time, girls weekends, family trips with my kids, dates with my husband, reporting for my job as a travel writer, and just to savor the therapeutic air of the desert.

Come for the events, yes, but also for everything I’ve always loved about Palm Springs, which is a laid-back, magical atmosphere that you have to experience to truly understand.

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