Quintessential Palm Springs with bright pop colors and dreamy palm trees, this hotel is often home to parties during music festival season. The other 11 and a half months of the year, you’ll find a peaceful oasis. Lay by the pool (the pool bar is stocked with snacks, fruit, juices, and boozy frozen drinks), take one of their daily yoga classes, or hang out on your private balcony.
A hidden art gem, the Palm Springs Art Museum is sure to please all types of art lovers with its vast and eclectic collection. You’ll find Native American pieces next to contemporary sculptures and breathtaking photography, proving that even tiny spaces can be mighty.
A spiritual mecca for artists and musicians (specifically, artists and musicians who partake in, ahem, substances) this park also offers plenty of universally appealing activities, with the most unique offering occurring after dark. Joshua Tree is one of the best places for stargazing in the country because it’s located about 5,000 feet above sea level and is far from major cities (which create light pollution). If you’re looking for an unrivaled view, here’s a pro tip: Make your way to the east side of the park for the best visibility.
Formerly a Denny’s, King’s Highway Diner is now part of the Ace Hotel and is best described as “refined diner fare with a desert flare” (think: corn fritters, black lentil soup, and a killer key lime pie). With round lights, raw wood tables, and clean minimal lines, this restaurant throws you back to an earlier time but offers of-the-moment meals.
Built by Leonard Knight in the 1980s as a testament to his faith, the multicolored, pastel Salvation Mountain is constructed from adobe, straw, and thousands of gallons of paint. You can spend hours poking around this trippy site, but since it’s truly in the middle of nowhere,
Nature and design exist in harmony in Palm Springs, where you’ll find some of the most spectacular and breathtaking homes. You can take a self or pro-guided tour of the desert modern homes and buildings designed by visionaries like Albert Frey, John Lautner, Richard Neutra, and William F. Cody.
A favorite local spot for treasure hunting, Gypsyland is filled with the vintage finds you’d expect to dicover out west. From coats that scream Penny Lane to rabbit fur pelts to vintage shot glasses, this is the ultimate destination for one-of-a-kind gifts.
From old desert roadhouse to live music venue, you can easily spend all night at Pappy and Harriet’s. Grab a drink (served in a mason jar) and order some bbq (all their meat and fish are cooked on an outdoor grill with Mesquite wood) before the intimate show.
Jonathan Adler recently refreshed his first hotel project, yet it’s still a dreamy mix of an earlier time (think: a Mid-Century Modern Moroccan hookah lounge) and today’s insatiable desire to share our lives online. (
Nikola Tesla-disciple George Van Tassel described his one-of-a-kind, all wood, acoustically-perfect dome as “a time machine for basic research on rejuvenation, anti-gravity, and time travel.” Built on an intersection of powerful geomagnetic forces, the structure has