Palm Springs needs no introduction. This desert resort city got all the attention in the 50s with various celebs making the rounds here, making it a desirable destination for couples. Apart from luxury, this city also offers various outdoor activities such as biking, golfing, hiking, horseback riding, swimming, tennis, clubbing, shopping, and fine-dining. The city is also home to a star-studded music festival which attracts thousands of fans every year.
A romantic getaway to Palm Springs is one of the best ways to reignite the flames. Here’s a hand-picked selection of the top 10 romantic things to do in Palm Springs which can make this vacation your most memorable one:
Started in September 1963, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is the largest rotating aerial tramway in the world. It is a convenient way to reach the top of the San Jacinto Peak from the floor of the Coachella Valley. Whether you are traveling as a couple or as a family, this is definitely a fun thing to do in Palm Springs.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Address: 1 Tram Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
Price: from 25.95 USD
This is a 3-hour sunset tour in an open-air four-wheel drive Jeep. From the adventurous journey through the desert to the breathtaking views of the sunset followed by the blissful starry night sky, this tour is perfect to make your romantic vacation come alive. This tour is run in a small-group limited to seven people so the experience is pretty intimate.
Small-Group Sunset Adventure to the San Andreas Fault from Palm Springs
Address: Palm Springs, California
Price: from 135 USD
3. Hot Air Balloons Above Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley
Nothing beats a Hot Air Balloon ride with your love! This is a special tour as it takes you over some of the most picturesque landscapes such as Palm Springs golf courses, polo fields, snowcapped mountains, and desert. Drift high in the skies for a romantic adventure.
Hot Air Balloons Above Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley
Address: 36901 Cook St Ste 8-419, Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92211-6112
4. Palm Springs Art Museum
The Palm Springs Art Museum has been around for close to 80 years. It has showcased regional art, contemporary art, sculpture, art installations, architecture archives, natural science and performing arts over the years.
Palm Springs Art Museum
Address: 101 N Museum Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
Website: Palm Springs Art Museum
5. Spa at Sea Mountain Desert Hot Springs (Adults Only)
For a truly unique romantic getaway, you can take a Day Pass for the Spa at the Sea Mountain Desert Hot Springs. It is relaxed, off-beat, stress-free, and a safe resort where you can literally bare it all yet have super fun! Revive your romance in their pool or dance floor amidst upbeat music.
Spa at Sea Mountain Desert Hot Springs (Adults Only)
Address: 66540 San Marcus Rd, Desert Hot Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92240-2638
6. Tahquitz Canyon
Tahquitz Canyon is located in Southern California in the Coachella Valley. It is renowned for being inhabited for over 2,000 years by the Cahuilla tribe of Native Americans. It also has a short hike two-mile (3.2 km) trail which leads to Tahquitz Falls.
Address: 500 W Mesquite Ave, Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA
Website: Tahquitz Canyon
7. Indian Canyons
There are several trails in and around Indian Canyons & Tahquitz Canyon. Indian Canyons are historically significant and a go-to destination for the nature lovers. Palm Canyon, Andreas Canyon, and Murray Canyon are three of the most unique yet contrasting trails in the area. You could practically go on a different trail each time and be pleasantly surprised by the experience.
Address: 38520 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264, USA
Website: Indian Canyons
8. Street fun at Villagefest
While the name might sound a little cliche, Villagefest is actually open every Thursday around the year with different sidewalk performers, musicians, shops, etc., on the world famous Palm Canyon Drive between Amado Road and Baristo Road. There’s plenty of reasons to shop, eat, drink, and be merry in the Villagefest. If you enjoy street-side fun, then this is a must-visit destination.
Street fun at Villagefest
Address: Palm Canyon Drive between Baristo and Amado, Downtown, Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA
9. Dine at Copley's on Palm Canyon
A romantic escapade cannot be complete without fine dining. Copley’s is an award-winning restaurant located in the heart of Palm Springs. It is a casual yet sophisticated restaurant with a beautiful outdoor patio and a welcoming atmosphere coupled with its upscale American cuisine infused with tropical and European flavors.
Copley's on Palm Canyon
Address: 621 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
10. The Grotto at Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa
A divinely romantic indulgence around midnight at the Grotto of the Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa is the most exquisite spot on this list. You can snuggle and enjoy the mineral spring waters with no sulfurous odor amidst a canopy of trees, shimmer of moonlight, sparkle of stars and occasionally supervision of owls. The mineral waters of the Grotto are known to be therapeutic & restorative. This has been a most favored and popular destination among tourists for more than a decade now.
The Grotto at Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa
Address: 67425 Two Bunch Palms Trail, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240, USA
Romance & more
Plan beyond the usual candle-lit dinners—Palm Springs is a city where you can plan a hike, go hot air ballooning, enjoy fine dining of your favored cuisine, relax with a spa, or simply laze around in your resort and still not get bored. So, what are you waiting for?
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