How To Do Palm Springs In 48 Hours

The view of the beach through palm trees in Palm Springs

In need of a winter getaway? Perhaps somewhere warm, relaxing and geographically stunning? Palm Springs is the ultimate weekend retreat—tranquil spa vibes, gorgeous mountain views, heaps of midcentury design inspiration … we could go on. We’ve compiled must-see highlights of the desert oasis into a 48-hour agenda, including everything from where to stay to what to eat.


The Ritz Carlton, Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs.

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Where To Stay

If your getaway is only for a few days, you want that short time to be 100 percent relaxing and infused with local charm. The Ritz Carlton, Rancho Mirage, is perfectly situated near the Coachella Valley and Palm Springs' best restaurants and shopping, The mood is a modern, superluxe take on desert culture.

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What To See

The 200-acre estate known as Sunnylands was once the residence of late philanthropists and diplomats Walter and Leonore Annenberg. Over the years, the home (perfectly preserved just the way Leonore left it) has welcomed 8 presidents as well as several famous entertainers, and it's now open to the public for tours. The pristine '50s-era decor will have you reveling in inspiration.

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Where To Relax

The ultra-refined, secluded Spa at The Ritz Carlton, Rancho Mirage offers treatments ranging from the traditional to botanical, featuring local herbs and plants. If you don't have time for a full treatment, try one of the well-loved aromatherapy showers, which vary in scents from jasmine to mango. It's sure to deliver enough zen (and sweet fragrance) to slow you down to vacation pace.


Where To Shop

The Gardens at El Paseo is outdoor shopping modeled after Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. This is a great place to browse around as the center offers several different shops and boutiques sure to satisfy every kind of shopper.

For a good vintage shop, try Deja Vu Vintage. They have a versatile collection of high quality vintage clothing and accessories.


Where To Eat

For brunch: Norma's at The Parker Palm Springs serves 5-star breakfast all day long.

For dinner: The Edge Steakhouse, named purposefully as it's situated 650 feet above the Coachella Valley, offers some of the very best steak and seafood in Palm Springs. The sweets are divine too.

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Where To Get Active

Joshua Tree National Park is only a short distance from Palm Springs, and definitely worth the trip. There are handfuls of hikes and camping grounds for you to explore, but if you only have a couple of days to spend in the area, we suggest waking early one morning and going on a hike in this gorgeous desert to jumpstart your day.