Future Wanderlust: Greater Palm Springs

Westin Pool (Rancho Mirage). Photo credit: Visit Greater Palm Springs

As more of us reach the fully-vaccinated stage and begin to engage in responsible travel, destinations like Greater Palm Springs catch our eye. During a recent trip to the California desert, we learned that outdoor dining and an abundance of pools (and hot springs!) make this dreamy getaway spot feel welcoming and safe. 

Photo credit: Visit Greater Palm Springs

Although summer travel to Palm Springs used to be all about sizzling deals, a lot of the current activity seems to be related to pandemic recovery (regardless of steamy temps and that dry desert heat). However, as the destination inches toward year-round popularity, there are still some summer deals to be found.

When it comes to flights, direct routes from Sea-Tac to PSP can be found on Alaska Air or Delta (with connecting options via Southwest). Once you arrive at the easy-breezy airport, you can choose to either keep your days active (by beating the heat with early-day hikes around Joshua Tree or the Indian Canyons), or simply catch up on R&R; think cocktails enjoyed beside a refreshing, turquoise pool.

Art and culture abounds in the greater Palm Springs area, and the variety of culinary gems makes every meal an adventure. Regardless of how you plan your time, we encourage you to support the community with this Love Local shopping campaign while in town. 

Here are a few can’t-miss activities; keep in mind that this list is only the beginning:

Photo credit: Visit Greater Palm Springs

Escape the desert by reserving a ride up the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway — the world’s largest rotating tram car (that is currently operating at reduced capacity). You will find much cooler temps up top, along with more than 50 miles of hiking trails once you reach the Mountain Station — elevation 8,516 feet.

Photo credit: Visit Greater Palm Springs

Make a reservation to tour the fascinating Cabot’s Pueblo Museum in Desert Hot Springs. Afterward, unwind and get pampered at nearby Azure Palm Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa Oasis (where safety protocols are still in place to help guests feel safe).

Photo credit: Visit Greater Palm Springs

Reservations are required to explore The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, where you’ll have the chance to ogle 500-plus animals representing more than 150 species. A highlight: getting up close to charming Bennett’s wallabies as they bounce around Australian Adventures, the venue’s newest section.

Whenever it feels safe and wise for you to travel, we wish you fulfilling relaxation and inspiring adventures! Find more air service info for the Palm Springs area here.