Welcome to Palm Springs, a beautiful desert oasis where you can let loose, chill out and relax, or enjoy new and exciting experiences. Even though we are in the hottest months of the year, summertime is the prime season for visiting Palm Springs. Enjoy our guide and tips and tricks for keeping cool during the summer while visiting the desert.
Adventure to the Waterfall
It might be hot in the desert, but exploring the nature that Palm Springs provides is definitely a must, especially when the end of your hike is greeted by a waterfall. Our first activity for beating the heat in Palm Springs is to explore Tahquitz Canyon, an important and historical area that is a part of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Reservation. The area was called home by the Cahuilla Indians long ago due to the enormous water supply and abundance of plants and animals. As you make your way through this recreational oasis, make sure to keep a close eye out for rock art, foundations, trails, and more historic landmarks of the days long ago. Visitors of the canyon will be able to enjoy a history lesson of the area, native plants, and animals, and of course the 60-foot water fall! What a sight for sore eyes.
Once arriving in Palm Springs, you will have no doubt in your mind that this is a golf city. What makes Palm Springs so great for a game of golf? This desert oasis provides beautiful views of the mountains as you make your way through the course, great weather (hot, but still great), and the overall atmosphere and people of the Coachella Valley. One golf course that you must check out while trying to stay cool during the summer months in the desert is The Lights at Indio GC, the one and only course in the Valley that is lit up at night. A night game of golf is just what you’ll be looking for while in Palm Springs for a cooler, more relaxing summer activity. Not only does The Lights offer a night course, but you will also be able to experience a full-length driving range as well as a short game area. Don’t miss out on the ultimate summer golf game while in Palm Springs, and take advantage of their July Special 2017 before it ends.
Take a Dip
During the hottest months of the year, the ultimate and most common way to stay cool is by checking out your local/hotel pool or closest water park attraction. When planning your summer vacation in Palm Springs, be sure to save a day to visit Wet ‘n’ Wild Palm Springs. This cool, desert activity offers lodging, dining, shopping, a variety of family friendly water rides and slides, and even summer specific events such as the de-in movies. If you’re not opposed to taking a short road trip, then we suggest you make your way to Knott’s Soak City Water Park. Here you will find even more water slides to help you cool off from the rays of the desert sun. Don’t forget to pack your swimsuit for this trip, you won’t want to be the only one who can’t take a dip.
But the ultimate desert pool oasis while staying in the area is the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs pool. On these endless sunny days in the desert, find yourself lounging poolside while soaking up the rays, or rent out a cabana for you and your party for the perfect VIP experience. Beginning August 17 at 8pm, take a night dip while experiencing the nostalgic, midnight-matinee thrills of yesteryear with the “Cinema Bizarro” movie series. Every week, enjoy a different rare film and awesome drink specials.
Shop till you Drop
Shopping in general is a fun activity, but shopping during the summer in Palm Springs gives you a reason to stay indoors and enjoy the A/C. When it comes to shopping, the Coachella Valley knows what they’re doing. Depending on what you’re in the market for while shopping, Palm Springs offers a variety of malls throughout the Valley, that provide the products that everyone is looking for. One of the top shopping destinations is Downtown Palm Springs. Yes, you will have to stroll around outside, but once you see all the amazing shops available, you will thank yourself for getting out and about. With everything from boutique clothing to specialty items such as cigars, you can find it all here.
For the ultimate cool down shopping experience in Palm Springs, head out to Westfield Palm Desert, one of the only malls in the area that offers a traditional indoor mall experience. Here you will be able to browse through any and all stores without breaking a sweat. You will find something for everyone and even some cold, sweet treats to add an extra cool down during those hot, summer days.
Now that you know the coolest spots and activities in the Palm Springs desert, it’s time to get your vacation started by heading out to the Coachella Valley for an unforgettable summer trip. Once arriving to the area for your vacation, don’t forget some of the basic tips and tricks for staying cool during these hot times in the desert. Always remember to stay hydrate, that desert sun is sure to take your breath away.
Enjoy a day at the movies to get away from the sun and into the air conditioning. Get your day started early to beat the hottest part of the day so you will be able to enjoy every activity that you’ve been looking forward to. Now you are fully ready to enjoy your summer vacation to the fullest in the beautiful desert oasis that we call Palm Springs.