by Sarah Hogan
I recently had the opportunity to visit the stunning city of Palm Springs, CA and as a first timer – I was completely “wowed!”.
For decades, Palm Springs has been a celebrity hideaway – located just 100 short miles from Los Angeles, well known artists, Frank Sinatra, Liberace and Debbie Reynolds, escaped to Palm Springs and made it their home. Even today, Palm Springs remains a favourite getaway for celebrities of all stripes.
The art modern deco and skyscraper restrictions throughout the area has kept the city quaint and untouched. The famous Palm Springs aerial tramway is known as the largest rotating aerial tramway in the world, and transports visitors to the pristine wilderness of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness Area. During this ten-minute journey, tram cars rotate slowly, offering spectacular vistas of the valley – I would say the best activity for a group to do upon arrival to this destination!
What I didn’t know of was the rich native Indian history. Tribes chose this area to settle in, which is quite apparent throughout the rugged desert scape and can be experienced first hand while on one of the Red Tour Jeep adventures. I would recommend hiring a tour guide who is knowledgeable on this historical information as it put an amazing spin on my lens of the landscape.
While there, I had the opportunity to stay at the Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage, a beautiful property boasting views from every angle, with equally top-tiered service.
Joshua Tree National Park, located only one hour from Palm Springs, known as a hikers paradise, and named after the Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia) native to the Mojave Desert – famously inspired by U2, is a must do bucket list experience as well.
While my visit was fleeting, the destination left an impression. I definitely want to go back!