DriveShare Palm Springs: Travel Guide

Home to over 300 days of sunshine yearly, Palm Springs is the perfect escape from the winter’s cold. Get ahead of the freeze and plan an epic winter getaway to take the sting out of the short days and long winter nights. Make a great escape to a beautiful desert oasis were a cool car scene, great cuisine, and a hip art scene await. Cruise with us on a drive through our staff’s favorite stops to take the stress out your vacation planning.

Palm Springs Adventures

Take a star-studded drive

1969 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

Palm Springs is home to several great scenic driving roads that can take you through everything from mountain ranges to deep rolling valleys. We recommend an afternoon out on the town aboard the Dutchess Lilly. A local favorite, the Dutchess Lilly is a 1969 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. Her favorite loop is the neighborhood of Old Las Palmas. The stomping ground for many celebrities from the silver screen, you will be riding like a cloud through the opulent estates of Donna Reed, Liberace, and many others.  

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Capture breathtaking 360 views aboard the world’s largest rotating tram car as you ascend two and a half miles from the cliffs of Chino Canyon to the stunning wilderness of Mt. San Jacinto State Park. In addition to the high altitude of the fun of the tram ride, this aerial tramway also features observation decks, two restaurants, natural history museum, and over 50 miles of hiking trails. Hours vary by season, cruise here for more details.

Palm Springs Art Museum

The Palm Springs Art Museum is a collective of three unique locations throughout the greater Palm Springs area. The main museum boasts a vast gallery of modern and contemporary art, while the second location, the Edwards Harris Pavilion, specializes in architecture and design. Finally, the third location is the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden. It is open daily from sundown to sunset and features four acres of local vegetation blended with sculptures from all over the world. The Palm Springs Art Museum and the Edwards Harris Pavilion are open on Thursday from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Friday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Living Desert Zoo and botanical gardens

Embark on an adventure to the wild side that the whole family will enjoy. Palm Springs warm and dry climate makes this zoo an ideal habitat for exotic creatures ranging from rhinos to kangaroos. Stretch your legs on your choice of three unique hiking loops through the beautiful Colorado Desert. The Living Desert Zoo and botanical garden is open daily from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Palm Springs Air Museum

Take a flight back in time to the region’s only living air museum! Check out fighter planes and bombers from WWII to present day. In addition to planes on static display, visitors can even catch a flight aboard a historic warbird. The Palm Springs Air Museum is open seven days a week from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Places to Fuel

Photo: Mr. Lyon’s Steakhouse

Mr. Lyon’s Steakhouse

Located in South Palm Springs this swanky, locally owned steakhouse serves up sizzling prime cuts paired with top-shelf spirits. Sink your teeth in the finest steaks from around the globe, from the Japanese Wagyu strip loin to the classic New York Strip. Mr. Lyon’s Steakhouse is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM with happy hour specials from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Dinner reservations are strongly encouraged.

The Purple Room Supper Club

Swing back to the ’60s and class up your date night with a glamorous evening of dinner, drinks, and live music acts at the premier supper club of Palm Springs. Splurge on your special someone and treat them to craft cocktails and generously portioned main entrees ranging from classic beef tenderloin to risotto. For an incredible date night deal, come in on Wednesdays for their Date Night Prefix featuring your choice of three courses for just $49 per person! Cruise here for the latest schedule of showtimes. 

Umami Seoul

Highly recommended by locals and long-time Palm beach vacationers, Umami Seoul stands out from the standard California restaurant du-jour.  This cozy dining destination boasts an expansive sushi menu contrasted with sizzling Korean barbeque favorites.

Come in for a bento box lunch on the go or dine in within their warm and inviting dining room for dinner and libations. Umami Seoul is open from Tuesday through Saturday for lunch from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM and dinner from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Brickworks Bistro

If a taste of Italy is what you are after, cruise downtown for authentic wood-fired pizzas and people-watching at the Brickworks Bistro. In addition to the pizza, Brickworks also offers serious sandwiches and salads in a casual atmosphere.

Loco Charlie’s Mexican Grill

In a sea of imitators, Loco Charlie’s stands out as one of the few truly authentic Mexican restaurants in the area. Let your taste buds go on holiday south of the border with tostadas, tacos, taquitos, and more! Loco Charlie’s Mexican Grill serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They are open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM and Friday through Sunday from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Dine-in and takeout are available.

Places to stay

Hotel California

Nestled amongst the San Jacinto Mountains is a romantic getaway of storybook proportions. The Hotel California boasts the rustic charm of an old Spanish mission and is home to 14 cheerfully appointed suites surrounding a sparkling pool. You and your special someone will enjoy spectacular mountain views and stunning sunsets, all just minutes from downtown Palm Springs. The Hotel California has self-parking available free of charge. 

Vagabond Motor Hotel

This mid-century-styled motor inn has been serving the Palm Springs area since the ’70s, but don’t let its age deter you, as the entire property has been subject to a recent remodel with the latest in hotel amenities. Relax under the palms and cool off around the spacious outdoor pool. The Vagabond Motor Hotel offers a family-friendly no-frills approach to lodging and has fast wi-fi internet, free parking, and flat-screen TVs in every room.

KOA Palm Springs

Open the outdoors wider and get closer to nature without the stress of setup. KOA campgrounds offer the easiest way to camp and enjoy Palm Springs with beautifully appointed glamping tents. Each Eco-tent provides the perfect place to disconnect from technology! Pack light and leave the linens at home, the KOA has you covered. Parking is available on-site and is free of charge.

The Chateau

Located a quick 15-minute drive from The Living Desert Zoo, the Chateau at Lake La Quinta offers an amazing destination with relaxation and recreation right on the lakeside. Luxuriate amongst lush gardens and estate-like rolling lawns in one of their 24 rooms, ranging from premium guest rooms to lakeside bungalows. Situated minutes from 11 different golf courses, this boutique resort is a golfer’s dream. The Chateau at Lake La Quinta also offers self-parking free of charge.

Margaritaville Resort

Stay and play in paradise! Margaritaville Resort provides the perfect island-style retreat away from the ordinary. Recharge and relax in spacious guest rooms complimented with tropical touches mixed with the latest in modern amenities. Lose track of time and immerse yourself in the island lifestyle with a poolside cabana on one of two massive resort-sized pools! Stay on track and stay in shape at the Fins Up Fitness center or explore Palm Springs by bicycle with a custom-made beach cruiser from the resort’s rental fleet. The Margaritaville resort offers secure parking, paid via resort fee.

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