There’s no denying that Palm Springs is a mecca of celebrity-sightings and famous movie scenes. Celebrities from Justin Bieber to Frank Sinatra have made this desert oasis their playground and by being only a short drive from LA, stars throughout the decades have taken to Palm Springs for a little R&R between shoots.
But you don’t have to walk the red carpet to make your own star-studded adventure in Palm Springs! The city is full of stops that pay homage to stars from the past and the present and you can channel your inner diva on this celebrity-inspired tour.
Walk of Stars
The first stop on your star-studded adventure should be the famous Palm Springs Walk of Stars. This walk of fame is downtown and honors celebrities that have lived in the greater Palm Springs area and totes names of presidents, show business personalities, literary figures, and more. The stars are embedded into the pavement and are always growing in number! Journeying through the Walk of Stars will give you a good idea of how many notable figures loved Palm Springs.
Streets Named After Stars
Throughout your trip to Palm Springs, make sure to keep an eye out for streets throughout the city named after celebrities! Quite literally, Hollywood actors are around every turn (well their names are, at least). Some of the most notable names include Bing Crosby Drive and Frank Sinatra Drive in Rancho Mirage, Gerald Ford Drive in Cathedral City, and Bob Hope Drive. In fact, Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs is located just south of Rosa Parks Road!
Elvis’ Honeymoon Hideaway
Architect and celebrity junkies alike will enjoy visiting Elvis’ Honeymoon Hideaway, a pristine mid-century home where the star and his wife lived and honeymooned and a great piece of Palm Springs history. The home is located in Vista Las Palmas and tours are offered daily by appointment. See where Elvis, Priscilla, and little Lisa Marie lived for about 2 years!
You can’t party in Palm Springs without stopping by The Parker, one of the most contemporary celebrity spots. You likely remember Robert Downey Jr.’s meltdown in this iconic resort, but many other stars have graced it with their presence, including Beyonce and Jay-Z, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, and many others. The best time to catch a celebrity sighting is during the famous Palm Springs Film Festival!
Not only is Copley’s Restaurant a Palm Springs staple, but it was also formally Cary Grant’s guesthouse! The restaurant itself opened its doors in 2004, but the structure dates back to the 1940s, where the To Catch a Thief and North by Northwest star lived. Today, Palm Springs is full of the secrets of Hollywood stars of the past, and Copley’s Restaurant is just one of these hidden gems.
Frank Sinatra’s Estate
And of course, there’s Frank Sinatra’s home that consists of eight buildings, 8,000 square feet, and a railway car! The legendary singer lived in this home for over 40 years and today, it can be rented for weddings, vacations, and other events. Once you see the list of amenities on this estate, you will know why it’s one of Palm Springs’ most famous attractions!
Other Celebrity Homes
After checking out Sinatra’s pad, make sure to visit the many other celebrity homes in the city that make up the Palm Springs culture. The Kaufmann House, for example, is now a work of art, after it was auctioned off for $19.1 million, and has drawn architect fans from all over the world because of its modern design and famous roster of names. The home was designed by master architect Richard Neutra and housed both Edgar Kaufmann and Barry Manilow. Bob and Dolores’ estate in Palm Springs is another iconic site because of its rich Palm Springs history and unique design. The home sold for $13 million in 2016, but tourists can still drive by the beautiful structure. The Hope estate has a huge, circular roof and looks more space-age than mid-century. It was designed by famed architect John Lautner, who also crafted many other notable structures, including the Elrod House, also in Palm Springs.
There are countless celebrity spots to visit in Palm Springs. If you don’t want to make your own adventure, or want to just see it all, there are also professional celebrity tours in the area. Palm Springs Celebrity Tours takes you on a bus throughout the city to see “famous neighborhoods, legendary secret spots, the history of the stars” and more. And end your day at Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs for some rest and celebrity treatment, no Grammy required.