Nestled in the desert oasis of Southern California, Palm Springs boasts a number of beautiful places that captivate visitors and locals alike. Architectural enthusiasts can appreciate the city’s mid-century modern homes while nature lovers can marvel at the stunning beauty of Tahiquitz Canyon. In this Redfin article, we will explore five beautiful places contributing to Palm Springs’ allure. So whether you are looking to rent an apartment in Palm Springs, purchase a home in the area, or are just visiting for the week, be prepared to explore an offering of experiences in this desert haven.

1. Tahquitz Canyon

Tahquitz Canyon, located in the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Reservation near Palm Springs,  is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty and cultural significance. The canyon features a stunning 60-foot waterfall, ancient petroglyphs, and lush landscapes.

“If you need a quick fix of nature, check out Tahquitz Canyon,” recommends wellness experience company Luv Collective. “It’s super close to downtown Palm Springs and is a short two-mile loop, so it’s perfect for when you want to get outside but don’t have all day.”

Tahquitz Canyon

2. Palm Canyon Drive

Palm Canyon Drive is a vibrant thoroughfare renowned for its eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Lined with swaying palm trees, this iconic street offers a delightful blend of mid-century modern architecture and attractions for visitors and locals alike.

Local storytelling company The Raconteur Collective shares, “One of my favorite places in Palm Springs is the downtown area — specifically Palm Canyon Drive. It’s a nice area just to walk around and sightsee. The desert palette and architecture are magical and it’s unique how a town can exist in the middle of the desert.”

Palm trees

3. The ACE Hotel

Renovated from a mid-century modern building, the ACE hotel seamlessly blends retro aesthetics with modern design, offering guests a unique and trendy accommodation experience, complete with a pool and vintage-inspired decor.

“Its front combines everything we love about Palm Springs: modernist architecture and regional plant life. This stunning backdrop allows us to travel back in time and create interesting portrait settings,” notes photography company Belle & Sass.

ACE Hotel

Photo courtesy of Belle & Sass

4. Andreas Canyon Trailhead

Nestled in the heart of Indian Canyons, Andreas Canyon Trailhead is an easy 1.2-mile loop trail following Andreas Creek. 

“It is truly a refreshing oasis from the heat of the desert,” remarks local Jaime Kowal. “The creek boasts crystal clear fresh water nestled among ancient rock formations and boasts a mix of California Fan Palms, willows, cottonwoods, and sycamores. It is considered the world’s second-largest California Fan Palm oasis.” 

Trees

5. Take in the stunning architecture 

Palm Springs is known for its distinctive mid-century modern architecture, characterized by clean lines, flat planes, and large glass windows, creating a seamless integration with the surrounding desert landscape. The city’s architectural style, popularized in the 1940s to 1960s, features elements such as butterfly roofs, open floor plans, and natural materials.

“We recommend taking a drive to look at home architecture and searching for unique and colorful front doors in the main residential areas of Palm Springs,” says Skylar Stetten and Devin Wilson of Stetten Wilson Photography. “You’ll want to bring a camera because everything is beautifully manicured and picture-perfect.”

A house in palm springs

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