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Escape the city for an electric weekend in Palm Springs. Explore around the desert and check out these picturesque spots we hand picked.
Mirage at Desert X
The outdoor contemporary-art festival Desert X 2017 presented Doug Aitken’s aptly named installation piece, Mirage, a ranch-style house Aitken assembled with mirrors. Both the exterior and interior of the piece literally reflected and altered the desert environment.
The Palm Springs Art Museum
The Palm Springs Art Museum is the cultural center for visual and performing arts for the counties of Riverside and San Bernardino. Its attractions include works by Picasso and Warhol, a Native American art collection, and two sculpture gardens.
Only a few minutes’ drive from downtown Palm Springs, the Santiago Resort provides a private, intimate retreat for gay men. The resort aims to keep guests comfortable all day with complimentary breakfast and lunch, plus an open cantina, before they hit the town at night. A heated pool, an outdoor spa, and hammocks strung from the palm trees are among the resort’s relaxing amenities. Swimsuits are optional.
Palm Canyon Drive
A trip to Palm Springs is not complete without a stroll down Palm Canyon Drive, the city’s main shopping district. Alongside its array of shops and restaurants are attractions like the giant Marilyn Monroe statue and the Palm Springs Art Museum. Every week, an array of vendors take over the avenue for a street fair, and shops and restaurants stay open late for the festivities.
The Saguaro is Palm Springs’ most colorful hotel, inside and out. The poolside balconies are painted in an eye-catching color gradient for Instagram-worthy rainbow pool parties.
The Parker Palm Springs
The Parker Palm Springs has the design sensibility of retro pop art. The sprawling grounds have plenty to discover, including two pools, a croquet lawn, and tennis, bocce, and pétanque courts.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway consists of the world’s largest rotating tram car, which travels two and a half miles by cable along Chino Canyon to a mountain station perched at 8,500 feet elevation in Mount San Jacinto State Park. This park encompasses the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument and offers numerous hiking trails.