THE PERFECT WEEKEND: Palm Springs Itinerary

I think I should be the mayor of Palm Springs I love it so much.

If you follow me on Instagram, or on Snapchat you've seen all of the Palm Springs weekends I've done in the past few weeks. 

I just LOVE the place.

It's only a two hour drive from Los Angeles, and the vibes you get being in the desert, are unparalleled. It's such a unique, relaxing, colorful place, I find new things I love each time I go. I love that you can do Palm Springs as a romantic getaway, with girlfriends, and really anyone can find something fun to do. 

I've done Palm Springs with my babes, we hung by the pool, chatted, ate good food and explored. I also did it with a group of people, rented a house and did a party weekend, which was amazing too.

Whatever your fancy, Palm Springs can suit you.

This time around, I was able to go on behalf of Palm Springs Tourism, and am SO excited to share some of the best of the best things to do there. It's really easy for me to talk to you guys about a place I already love. 


My itinerary:

Stay:

V Palm Springs

I was so impressed with the V, that I am going again in a few weeks with a girlfriend from Chicago. The V is recently remodeled, and you can TELL. It's gorgeous, sleek, modern, and feels like it fits so naturally in the Palm Springs setting. What I also LOVED is that, it's affordable for what you are getting. Comparatively speaking, the cost is so affordable for the area, and it's amazing. The pool area was sprawling, and at most of the rooms there is a little swing you can hang out on. On Friday, during the day, I did work all day by the pool, enjoyed one of their amazing acai bowls and salads from their bar. 

The fresh, chic vibe mixed with the open-air layout is JUST what I love. The mountains provide a breathtaking backdrop. Especially with those California sunsets, tho 

I also got a workout in at their gym on Friday, major PLUS.

333 E Palm Canyon DR. Palm Springs, CA 92264

Eat:

Kings Highway

When you need your avocado toast fix, do this spot in the Ace Hotel. 

701 E PALM CANYON DR, PALM SPRINGS, CA 92264
Open everyday from 7am to 11pm

Cafe Europa

Such a cute, perfect spot for breakfast. They have a MASSIVE menu where you can seriously get whatever you want (and keep it healthy). The vibe is modern, sleek, bright and colorful. When I was there, I got the gazpacho, which is an amazing treat in the hot sun. They also had a great breakfast menu and enough options to please anyone. 

301 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Palm Mountain Resort

Get your spa on at the Palm Mountain Resort for facials, massages, masks, whatever you need. I did an AMAZING facial, that my skin really needed. Sometimes if I get a facial, my skin will breakout or react to the ingredients used. Often people say it's 'worse before it gets better', but in this case my skin was GLOWY all week and felt clear and clean. The treatment I did was a desert clay mask all over my body, to moisturize and clarify to help with super dry desert skin. The staff was lovely, the treatments were quality and it was more affordable than most other places in the area. 

Palm Mountain Resort is also a hotel, which has a newly renovated pool area and lobby. 

Lulu California Bistro

Super cute, colorful and fun, this place is perfect for everyone. I was SUPER surprised that there were so many healthy options. There was a few things that I wanted as a vegan :) and I loved the soup, and veggie burger I got. The group also enjoyed their oysters, chicken and ribs. ALSO, I mean, they have cotton candy? Is there anything more you could ever want? 

Get their hand spun cotton candy! Obviously. 

A few good vegan options: 

Wild Mushroom Soup or Cucumber and Avocado Soup

Low Carb Veggie Burger

Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

200 S Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262

For hours, click here.

Raw Remedy Organic Juice Bar

If there's a juice bar, I'll FIND IT. Both mornings, I went here for a smoothie (you can make your own) and raw wrap (using vegetable wraps) that's vegan. I LOVE starting the morning with a super filling nutrient dense meal like the ones they have. It's also in a really cute area downtown. 

Go Green or Go Home Smoothie + wRAWp with their veggie burger inside - BOMB

116 La Plaza Palm Springs, CA 92262

Do:

Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium

Why are succulents so cute? It's like I don't know how I went my whole life without them, but there are all of the cute plants at the Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium. There's this gorgeous green house that you can get amazing photos :) and check out all of the interesting plants. It's a great, chill walk and way to be outside for a bit during the day. If you're staying at the V, you're a block or so away and it's super easy to walk. 

This is where I got my cool cactus shots :).

1701 S Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs, CA 92264

Open daily from 10AM to 4PM, except Wednesdays. Children are free and adults are $5.

Mirage by Doug Aitken

Bummer that the majority of the exhibits are now closed, BUT the famous and super Instagrammable Mirage house is still open! I believe it is open until October, but it is worth the drive and if you're in Palm Springs already, why not visit?

It's totally free, and so worth it.

Open Monday to Friday from 3:30PM to 7PM. Weekends from 9AM to 7PM.

For directions, please click here to view the maps.

Aerial Tramway

The aerial tramway is the BEST. It's super zen, super chill, gorgeous and calm and such a fun activity for the day. It's a nice way to get out the sun, and see the gorgeous mountains in the distance. I would highly recommend also!

Regular Hours:
Monday – Friday – First Tram up 10:00am
Saturday, Sunday and Holidays – First Tram up 8:00am
Daily – Last Tram down at 9:45pm

For summer hours, click here.

Adults $25.95, Children $16.95 - click here for all pricing options

Door Tour

In search for the famous pink door? I'd suggest you grab a bike and go on a self guided tour of all the colorful doors! This is such a cute way to explore the city, and the desert homes. Highly recommend (if anything, do it for the gram!)


You can also see my full Palm Springs guide on the Travel Guides section of my blog for more ideas and inspo.

I'm also avail to chat about what to do in Palm Springs, and if you go, I'll probably be there too!

Happy Traveling, friends!

xoxo

Krista

Huge thank you to Visit Palm Springs for arranging this itinerary and taking great care of us! Sarah, you are a true gem!