Looking for an awesome vacation but not really in the mood to travel so far? No worry, follow our Stayation guide of Palm Springs! Far enough to feel like you traveled a distance but close enough to be still called home. Palm Springs has a lot offer for an unforgettable Staycation. Check it out!

Things To Do:

1. Palm Springs Art Museum

Open from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. all weekend, the Palm Springs Art Museum has exhibits in contemporary art, architecture and design, contemporary glass, photography, Mesoamerican, and Native American art, with the constant addition of new exhibits. This museum exudes the culture of Palm Springs. If you have some down time on your trip, this is a great spot to walk through.

Address: Palm Springs Art Museum 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs CA 92262
Phone: 760-322-4800
Website: www.psmuseum.org

2. Palm Springs Aerial Tram

This 10-minute, 2.5-mile, traveling 5,873 feet in elevation ride, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is a gateway to the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument crossing the souther side of the Coachella Valley. Once to the top, the mountains have much to offer, including: hiking, camping, nature walks, and dining (at 8,500 ft.).

Address: Palm Springs Aerial Tram One Tram Way, Palm Springs, CA. 92262
Phone: (760) 325-1449
Website: www.pstramway.com

3. Lay by the pool

In Palm Springs, you have your choice of hotel pools to hang by — from the hip to the swanky. We’ll give our top three picks for you to choose from.

Ace Hotel

This 60’s chic hotel is a desert favorite with two pools, plenty of lounge chairs, and a good poolside bar.

Address: 701 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Phone: 760-325-9900
Website: www.acehotel.com/palmsprings

The Saguaro

The rainbow painted hotel is home to an always entertaining pool with weekly poolside DJ sets and a bar, El Jefe, inside the lobby.

Address: 1800 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Phone: 760-323-1711
Website: www.thesaguaro.com

Hard Rock

This newer addition to the desert, located in the heart of downtown is house to poolside cocktail lounge and dining.

Address: 150 South Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: 760-325-9676
Website: www.hrhpalmsprings.com

Places To Eat:

1. Thai Smile

One of Palm Springs natives’ favorites, Thai Smiles’ vibrant flavors and plethora of options will have something delicious on the menu for everyone.

Address: 100 South Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: 760-320-5503
Website: www.thaismilepalmsprings.com

2. Las Casuelas

When in Palm Springs, having Mexican food is a must and with the delicious food, live music, and dancing Las Casuelas is a must on your trip.

Address: 222 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: 760-325-2794
Website: www.lascasuelas.com

3. Cheeky’s

Famous for their breakfast, Cheeky’s uses fresh ingredients grown from their garden and serves to you in their modern patio area, perfect to soak in the Palm Springs atmosphere.

Address:622 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: 760-327-7595
Website: www.cheekysps.com

Places To Stay:

All of the hotel listed for “Lay by the Pool” are great and highly recommended places to stay in Palm Springs, but our personal favorite is the Ace Hotel. With stylish rooms; a delicious restaurant, King’s Highway; fun bar with great nightlife; beautiful pool; and saunas, the Ace is a place you have to stay at least once.

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Now that you know what to do, where to eat, and where to stay, all you have to do is book your trip and pack. Happy Staycation!

Francisco Macia

Francisco Macia is a staff writer for OC Foodie Fest. He is an Orange County native from Mission Viejo.He enjoys attending many events in Orange County and discovering new restaurants, bars and cool places in Orange County. When he's not writing, Francisco can be found body boarding at the beach or playing basketball with friends.

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