Palm Springs actually first gained recognition as a wellness destination in the early 1900s (credit that dry heat) before becoming a glamorous escape for Hollywood elite in the 1950s and 60s. Today, it’s one of our favorite warm weather destinations – a desert oasis a mere two hours (assuming very little of that famous LA traffic) from the upcoming James West Hollywood – Sunset.

Below, we’re highlighting can’t-miss spots from where to stay, eat, shop and what you definitely don’t want to leave without seeing.

EAT
Want a taste of that old school Palm Spring’s vibe? Spend a night dining at Melvyn’s. Located in the historic Ingleside Inn, the spot is a time warp (and a former favorite of Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra) complete with a dress code, live music, a maitre’d and a menu centered on classics like Oysters Rockefeller and Filet Mignon.

SHOP
You can’t leave Palm Springs without shopping the midcentury design classics the city has helped make famous. Look no further than Modern Way – a vintage shop with a great collection of everything from lucite furniture to retro patio goods and funky rungs.

DO
No trip to Palm Springs is complete without a visit to Joshua Tree National Park. Located 45 minutes from the city, it is 800,000 acres of geologically unique deserts and ecosystems that was granted national park status in 1994. Take your pick of activities – from hiking to bird-watching to historic tours – or visit at nighttime just to take in the starry views. 

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