We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Palm Springs Road Trip

A nouveau-Rat Pack oasis in California, Palm Springs draws both the design-obsessed and the country-club set.
id_4086382

Content provided by

Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days

Overview:  This resort town famed for its superlative vintage shops and classic architecture is also pleasantly rough around the edges: rocky... more »

Tips:  There are direct flights from several United States cities. L.A. is only 110 miles away, but the driving time can vary wildly,... more »

Take this guide with you!

Save to mobile
Get this guide & thousands of others on your mobile phone
EveryTrail guides are created by travelers like you.
  1. 1. Download the EveryTrail app from the App Store
  2. 2. Search for the Palm Springs Road Trip guide
  3. 3. Enjoy your self-guided tour
Get the app

Points of Interest

The Ace Hotel & Swim Club, in Palm Springs, represents an exponential leap forward for Ace. In addition to its 180 rooms, the hotel is an expansive, self-contained, five-acre resort, the kind of carefree, slightly enchanted place where you could easily while away several indolent days without ever leaving the property. In lieu of curtains or... More

This overlooked gem of a museum showcases clay as an art form, from ancient vessels to contemporary works.

Address:
340 S. Garey Ave.
Pomona, California
United States

Phone:
(909) 865-3147

3. Asylum, Palm Springs

Mod is god at this quirky establishment.

Address:
844 N. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, California
United States

Phone:
(760) 864-1171

The rustic-chic restaurant has a hunting-lodge ambience and hearty dishes like Hungarian goulash and meat loaf.

Address:
27984 Hwy. 189, Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa
Lake Arrowhead, California
United States

Phone:
(909) 336-1511

5. Cheeky’s

The menu changes weekly at this mostly organic spot with vegetarian-friendly yam or persimmon sandwiches, five varieties of bacon, and killer blood-orange mimosas.

Address:
622 N. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, California
United States

Phone:
(760) 327-7595

Once a hideaway for owner and purported Purple Gang mobster Al Wertheimer, who equipped the property with a basement casino, speakeasy, and a brothel, this recently renovated 1936 three-acre Spanish property is a welcome departure from the Midcentury Modern and Hollywood Regency styles so prevalent in Palm Springs, California. The reception area... More

This downtown lunch counter ain’t fancy, but it is authentic. Rancher turned restaurateur Daniel Placencia dishes up tri-tip, brisket, pulled pork, and chicken with crunchy Kansas City coleslaw.

Address:
2000 N. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, California
United States

Phone:
(760) 322-0265

If your idea of shopping is bagging designer goods for less, then Cabazon, just off I-10, is sheer heaven. The highway-hugging outlets feature 130 stores—from the usual mass-market brands to exclusive labels like Gucci, Etro, Prada, and Tod’s.

Address:
48400 Seminole Dr.
Cabazon, California
United States

Phone:
(951) 849-6641

9. Dink’s Restaurant & Ultra Lounge

Drinking alfresco will have you seeing stars in the cabanas. The ambitious cocktail menu includes nine fruit-infused mojitos and a martini with muddled jalapeños (ouch!).

Address:
2080 N. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, California
United States

Phone:
(760) 327-7676

Desert Modernist William Cody designed the low-slung 1952 hotel with glass walls to maximize the impressive mountain views.

Address:
1050 E. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, California
United States

Phone:
(800) 377-7855

11. House 849

Hide-covered ottomans, religious and Asian sculpture, even framed insect art: it’s a destination for designers of every stripe—particularly zebra stripe.

Address:
849 N. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, California
United States

Phone:
(760) 325-7854

12. Jake’s Ready to Eat

Come in for comfort food with a Continental touch (like filet-mignon chili and Florentine stuffed chicken).

Address:
664 N. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, California
United States

Phone:
(760) 327-4400

13. Modern Home Design Showroom

Remodeling ideas for the Midcentury enthusiast.

Address:
2500 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Ste. B5
Palm Springs, California
United States

Phone:
(760) 320-8422

14. Modernway

Palm Springs classics like glass and Lucite coffee tables and chrome-base sofas.

Address:
745 N. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, California
United States

Phone:
(760) 320-5455

Arcade with 10 furniture and decorative-arts galleries, including Bon Vivant, a good place to score collectible Blenko glass and Raymor pottery.

Address:
457 N. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, California
United States

Phone:
(760) 323-4576

Bring a jacket—even in summer—to ride aboard the world’s largest rotating gondolas. The 2 1/2-mile, 10-minute trip up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon affords views of the Coachella Valley and the briny desert lake known as the Salton Sea.

Address:
1 Tramway Rd.
Palm Springs, California
United States

Phone:
(888) 515-8726

17. Palm Springs Historical Society

Pick up free maps or a $5 guide to Midcentury buildings (by Albert Frey, Richard Neutra, and other masters).

Address:
221 S. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, California
United States

Phone:
(760) 323-8297

Behind the Parker Palm Springs hotel’s decorative façade, the Palm Springs Yacht Club offers full-on pampering. Arrive early to savor designer Jonathan Adler’s naughty nautical twist on Hollywood style.

Address:
4200 E. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, California
United States

Phone:
(760) 770-5000

After a $70 million renovation, this hotel reopened with eye-popping Hollywood Regency-on-helium décor, including a bedazzled billiard table in the lobby. For quieter accommodations, book in Buildings 4 or 5.

Address:
1600 N. Indian Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, California
United States

Phone:
(866) 588-8311

20. Stewart Galleries

Antiques and oddities—seashell-encrusted coquillage next to People’s Republic of China figurines—plus 20th-century paintings, from plein-air landscapes to Cubist canvases.

Address:
191-A S. Indian Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, California
United States

Phone:
(760) 325-0878

21. Trina Turk Residential

Head downtown to browse the Midcentury Modern furniture shops along North Palm Canyon Drive. One of the best is the new Trina Turk Residential, stocked with vintage pieces and pillows upholstered in Turk’s signature graphic prints.

Address:
895 N. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, California
United States

Phone:
(760) 416-2856