Skip the Celebrities and Get to Know the Real Stars of Palm Springs, CA

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Forget the Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway and the celebrity tours. It’s easy to let the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s past and present tint your vision of Palm Springs, CA. Beyond the celebs themselves, travelers shouldn’t ignore the beauty, landscape, and architecture of this enchanting destination two hours from Los Angeles. The Spa Resort Casino and other Palm Springs hotels offer great accommodations while you immerse yourself in this hip California location where the history and scenery are truly the stars on this desert stage.

Coming Home to Palm Springs Home Tours

As the top frequented travel destination in the California desert, Palm Springs has a way of making its visitors feel at home — and it does that extraordinarily well with its home tours.

Each year in February, Modernism Week showcases the distinctive mid-20th-century architecture and style through tours of Palm Springs’ most stunning examples of modern home designs. What strikes you most about these homes is the beauty of their simplicity, their striking combinations of materials, and the interconnectedness between indoor and outdoor spaces.

While not open for public tours, architect Donald Wexler’s 1960s-era steel homes on East Simms Road, East Molino Road, and North Sunnyview Drive are worth a drive-by just to admire their innovative design.

Hotels Imbue Signature Palm Springs Modernist Style

Visitors can experience a taste of the Palm Springs lifestyle with a stay at the elegant Parker Palm Springs on East Palm Canyon Drive. This stunning retreat with its five-star spa blends the interior design of Jonathan Adler and the renovation work of David Mann.

The Viceroy Palm Springs, a posh 1930s resort, bears the stamp of designer Kelly Wearstler on its villa design.

Desert Landscapes of Joshua Tree National Park

Any Palm Springs trip itinerary should include a visit to the famed 800,000-acre Joshua Tree National Park. Unworldly rock formations and its towering namesake yucca plants dominate the desert landscape here. Did you know the oldest plant in the park is at least 300 years old?

Palm Springs Shopping and Dining Scene

Just as much a part of the architecture and the landscape, Palm Springs’ dining and shopping scenes don’t disappoint. La Tablita Restaurant on East Palm Canyon Drive is renowned for its handmade tortillas, chiles rellenos, and dozens of Mexican specialties.

The modernist architecture of Palm Springs also stars in its fashion. Trina Turk’s trendy outpost on North Palm Canyon Drive shows off this fashion designer’s hip clothing, home décor, and collected vintage treasures. 

One visit and you’ll agree that Palm Springs’ modernism is truly magnificent.

Author Bio: Michael Vyskocil is a travel writer who enjoys writing about unique people, places, and things to do in locales across the country. His tourism and travel industry experience includes writing for Hipmunk. Michael’s tourism career spans more than seven years in Gettysburg, PA, at visitor destinations such as the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, and the Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum.

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