How Do You Palm Springs?

Great places throughout the world are often described by their natural wonders, their unique culture and displayed through dream-like posts shared on social media. We also hear of places visited from awe-inspiring stories shared by friends and family. It is through these stories of envy where describing that place isn’t by how it looks, but what you do when you’re there. We also know it’s more fun when you can take something and make it your own. Which leads us to believe, “Seeing a place can be a thrill. Doing a place can be a real trip.” And that’s the beauty of it. No matter how fun or outrageous your travel experiences may be, “How you do” that place is what makes it shine. And your personal experiences are one-of-a-kind. How do YOU Palm Springs is the question.

Explore a few inspirational stories, below, of how others “Palm Springs” and start creating your own story within our colorful city.

Meet the Vintage Trend-Setters


These ladies love vintage shopping so they hit Palm Springs’ Uptown Design District to find the perfect new pieces to add to their ever-growing wardrobe collection. They rush into store after store, trying on dresses, hats, accessories, you name it. Suddenly, they realize they’ve been shopping for hours and have accumulated more items than they set out for. But hey, they’re more than okay with that because that’s how these vintage trend-setters “Palm Springs.”

Where to Shop Vintage in Palm Springs

Palm Springs is known for its mid-century modern architecture and aesthetic, which also makes it the ideal location for shopping all things vintage. Unique shops and boutiques can be found around every corner and you really can/will lose track of time while on a shopping excursion here. Whether you’re after that perfect mid-mod coffee table, the ultimate pair of retro high-waisted jeans or just love the thrill of the hunt, consider strolling through the Uptown Design District, where you’ll find many of these design styles and treasures in shops that are within close proximity of each other. The Uptown Design District is located along North Palm Canyon Drive and spans about two-miles. Happy shopping!

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Meet The Brunch Aficionados

Brunch group

It’s Sunday and this group of friends is in Palm Springs, ready for bloody mary’s, mimosas and a good time. They have reservations to check out a new brunch show they shockingly haven’t seen before. Life is good. The food is great. But, the time spent with good company enjoying incredible entertainment is where the real memories are made. That’s how these brunch aficionados ‘Palm Springs’.

Where to Brunch in Palm Springs

Rise and shine, it’s time for brunch! In Palm Springs, your brunch options are as boundless as our palm trees and sunshine. Whether you’re looking for an outdoor patio paired with a savory meal or want bottomless cocktails and a unique show, chances are there’s a spot made just for you. Are your taste buds tingling now, but you’re not sure where to head first? Explore through the best brunches in Palm Springs and the best drag shows of Palm Springs for ideas to get you started.

Meet the Fun-Loving Fellas

Group at Hunters

It’s true, everything does get hotter when the sun goes down. Or maybe quirkier? When these fun-loving fellas come to Palm Springs, they aren’t afraid to strut their stuff, be themselves and have a good time. Their free spirited energy is infectious. They put the phrase, “dance like nobody’s watching” and “put your hands in the air like you just don’t care” into action because that’s how they “Palm Springs!”

Nightlife in Palm Springs

As the sun sets over our beautiful San Jacinto Mountains, the darkness illuminates a whole new side of Palm Springs. Throw on your most stylish outfit and embrace the evening. Start the night off with food to fuel your fun by making a stop at one of these happy hour options. Then, enjoy an exciting night of dancing, shows and entertainment, or even karaoke! And, if you do get the munchies after a night on the town, be sure to check out these late night eats & drinks. Let the good times roll.

Meet the Outdoor Enthusiasts 

When this couple thinks of vacation, sights of fresh air, new trails and epic adventures immediately dance in their heads. These visions of walking beneath hundreds of palm trees in an oasis and watching the sunrise with panoramic mountain views from new heights come to life when they make their way to Palm Springs. Sweet memories are made, bucket-list items are checked off, and that’s how these outdoor enthusiasts ‘Palm Springs’.

Discover The Many Hiking Trails in Palm Springs

Palm Springs offers three main hiking areas; trails from within the City of Palm Springs, 60 miles of trails as part of the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation and 54 miles of trails as part of the Mt San Jacinto State Park. The Agua Caliente Indian Reservation include three canyons within Indian Canyons (Palm Canyon, Murray Canyon, and Andreas Canyon) as well as Tahquitz Canyon with a separate entrance and visitor center. Learn more about each of these hiking areas by reading through the Palm Springs Hiking Guide

Meet the Mid-Mod Die Hards

It’s Modernism Week in Palm Springs and this couple has been day dreaming incessantly about this one particular home they saw featured in an article last week. So, they take it upon themselves to head over and check it out. Oddly, the door is unlocked and they make themselves right at home. As they’re laughing and enjoying a cocktail on lavish mid-century modern furniture, they look up to realize they aren’t alone and that a tour of the home is just about to start. They grab their stuff and quickly head out the door as the 20 something attendees watch them leave. We do not recommend you ‘Palm Springs’ like the Mid-Mod Die Hards did. 

Desert Modernism

Since the 1920’s, visionary modernist architects have designed sleek, modern homes that have embraced the desert environment. The dramatic geographic surroundings of Palm Springs inspired a design aesthetic in the middle of the 20th Century now called Desert Modernism. See some of these famous structures throughout Palm Springs during Modernism Week, an annual 11-day festival that occurs every February and October, or take a self-guided tour!


Feeling inspired to do Palm Springs your way now? For decades, this vibrant and iconic city has welcomed a kaleidoscope of sun-seekers and trailblazers to do Palm Springs their way. The original desert playground invites you to come be you while discovering our boutique shops, mid-century vibe, eclectic dining scene and colorful culture. Because, to be like no place else is to do Palm Springs like no one else.

So, How Do You Palm Springs?

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