The Ultimate Palm Springs Getaway Guide
Sure, it’s fun to unwrap presents underneath the tree on Christmas day — but with your busy life, what you really need is a vacation. You’re looking to explore somewhere totally new — somewhere sunny, warm, and exciting, with shopping, hotel accommodations, and activities worthy of the stars.
Whether you’re looking to plan a quick weekend getaway, a romantic couple’s retreat, or a week-long getaway with your best girlfriends, Palm Springs checks all the boxes. It’s luxurious, yet boasts plenty of affordable options. It’s a must-visit destination with plenty to offer, but it isn’t overrun by tourists. And with an incredible 354 days of sunshine per year, it’s the perfect place to soak up some rays and work on your tan.
We’ll help you plan your perfect getaway to Palm Springs, California, taking you through where to stay, when to go, what to do, and more.
How to Get to Palm Springs
Palm Springs’s central location in Southern California makes it easy to access from all over the world.
Palm Springs is home to a small but well-connected international airport. Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) welcomes over 2 million passengers a year with daily flights from 500 places around the world. The airport is located just minutes from downtown Palm Springs, making it the most convenient option for international or out-of-state visitors.
Palm Springs is also well-connected to the US Interstate 10 highway, making it easy to drive to from many large Southwest metropolitan cities such as Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.
When to Go to Palm Springs
Palm Springs may be sunny year-round, but that doesn’t mean it’s always perfect weather.
Most agree that the best time to visit Palm Springs is January to April. That’s when temperatures are most hospitable, with highs of 65-85 degrees Fahrenheit on average (18-29 degrees Celsius). However, it’s also the peak tourist season, which means attractions are more crowded and hotels are more expensive.
October to December is also a nice time to visit Palm Springs. Temperatures are similar to peak season with fewer visitors and lower hotel prices.
May to September marks the hot season of Palm Springs — and hot means hot. We’d recommend not visiting Palm Springs during the summer. Average daytime temperatures regularly climb to 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius), making it difficult to enjoy the city even if you’re spending most of your time by the pool. However, higher temperatures do lead to very few tourists.