Welcome to Fifty Grande’s Best of the U.S. Bucket List series. This is your one-stop travel guide to the best, most unique and quintessential experiences of a city, state or event. Want to know how to “do” Palm Springs? We’ve got you covered. Curated by experts, vetted by in-the-know locals, this is all you need to have the best trip ever. If we’ve written a Bucket List, we recommend you go. If it’s on this list, it’s the best the city has to offer right now. Consider this your one-stop answer to “What are the best things to do in Palm Springs?”
It’s a sparkling California oasis, a desert paradise with heaps of history and glamor. Palm Springs has been a getaway for the rich and famous, culture seekers, avid golfers and music mavens, as well as well-to-do retirees and East Coast transplants for the past 50-plus years. In fact, it’s a community that had its tourism industry sprout up largely thanks to the Old Hollywood stars it once attracted (movie studios would limit talent to excursions no more than two hours outside of Los Angeles, making its location a natural choice).
Palm Springs has continually been at the cutting edge of culture, from the days when Frank Sinatra called the community home to its current status as host of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Stagecoach Music Festival and Modernism Week and part-time home to stars including Leonardo DiCaprio and Kim Kardashian. Here’s your guide to an iconic West Coast gem and all of the places that make it sparkle.