Going on a road trip is a unique journey that everyone should experience in their lifetime. Road trips remind us that sometimes the best destination is the journey itself. There’s nothing quite like the sense of adventure that comes with going on the road and discovering all the sights the world has to offer us.
With its sunny weather, scenic desert views, and relaxing atmosphere, Palm Springs is a great road trip destination for anyone to enjoy. Whether you’re traveling with a group of friends or bringing the kids along, there’s something to see and do for everyone in Palm Springs.
Before you hit the open road, here are some tips for planning the perfect road trip to Palm Springs.
Your Road Trip Checklist
Get Your Vehicle Checked
Depending on where you’re beginning your journey, a road trip can put a thousand miles or more on your car, so make sure that it is in top condition. Schedule your car maintenance several weeks before your trip to address any potential issues. This includes checking your oil, battery, and tire alignment. Be sure to keep a spare tire, jumper cables, and proper tools in your trunk in case of any car emergencies.
You should also check if your car has roadside service insurance. Talk with your insurance agent about including this coverage in your policy before you go. After all, the last thing you want on the trip is your car breaking down and being stranded in the middle of nowhere.
Pack Your Vehicle Like a Pro
Let’s face it, unless you own a minivan, space will be tight on a road trip. The key is look for ways to maximize space inside the car so that you can be as comfortable as possible. Consolidating and packing your bags to maximum capacity will help save a lot of space. After you’ve packed your bags, organize and stack them in the trunk strategically, starting with larger items. This makes sure every bit of space is being used efficiently.
If you have items that still won’t fit into your car, it might be a good idea to rent or purchase a rooftop carrier. These containers attach onto the top of your car and offer extra space for any bulky items.
Prepare Entertainment for the Ride
When you’re stuck in a car for several hours, it can be easy to get bored. Luckily, with a variety of streaming services, entertainment is just a click away. Create a road trip playlist that’ll keep you excited and energized throughout the long car ride. Plus, it can also help remind you of the special memories you made on the trip whenever you listen to it.
For those traveling with children, you’ll probably hear, “Are we there yet?” more times than you would like. Instead of distracting them with video games and movies, play car games together. You can even make your own games for some quality bonding time with the whole family.
What to Do in Palm Springs
Relax at Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs
After driving several hours, Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs is the perfect desert oasis to relax and unwind. Cool off by heading to the pool for a refreshing afternoon dip. There’s no better way to take in the scenic views of the San Jacinto Mountains than lounging poolside with a cocktail in hand. For the ultimate poolside pampering, treat yourself by renting out a daybed or cabana. Afterwards, cool off at our Lobby bar for happy hour where on Friday and Saturday nights you can enjoy the best in local live music.
Then, visit the Rock Spa for some well-deserved “me time.” Hard Rock’s Rock Spa offers a range of massage packages, including classic Swedish, deep tissue, tandem, and aromatherapy massages. While you’re at the spa, be sure to also get one of Rock Spa’s signature facials. We’re sure you’ll leave feeling relaxed, refreshed, and better than ever!
Wander Around the Palm Springs Art Museum
Located in the heart of downtown, the Palm Springs Art Museum lets visitors connect to the art and culture of the Palm Springs community. Spread over 150,000 square feet, this museum features an eclectic collection of modern and contemporary art, glass, photography, architecture, and Native American and Western art. Some of the artists on display include Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Ansel Adams. It’s a must-visit destination when you’re in Palm Springs.
Go Hiking at the Indian Canyons
If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure in Palm Springs, the Indian Canyons is the place for you. Just 20 minutes away from downtown Palm Springs, the Indian Canyons provides a unique look into the ancestral home of the Agua Band of Cahuilla Indians. Hikers and nature lovers can explore four different canyons, including Palm Canyon, Tahquitz Canyon, Murray Canyon, and Andreas Canyon. Each canyon showcases the diverse wildlife and plants found in the surrounding Palm Springs area.
Take a Ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Lastly, you can’t visit Palm Springs without going on the historic Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. The tramway is the world’s largest rotating tram car, transporting visitors to the pristine Mt. San Jacinto State Park. During the tram ride, visitors can get unparalleled views of the Chino Canyon cliffs from above. Once you reach the Mountain Station (elevation 8,516 feet), visitors can explore the area though observation decks, a natural history museum, and over 50 miles of hiking trails.
Take part in one of the greatest American travel traditions and start planning your road trip to Palm Springs. With beautiful sunshine year-round, you’ll find plenty to do no matter when you get here or how long you decide to stay.