Sun-Soaked Resort with Mountain Views in Downtown Palm Springs
Set near the arid Colorado Desert, Palm Springs gets fewer than 6 inches of rain annually, yet one of its biggest attractions boasts nearly a million gallons of water. Designed to recall surfing's heyday, the 1950s-style Knott's Soak City features more than a dozen water slides that propel you toward a pool at exhilarating speeds as well as a massive wave pool and a kiddie park. Fewer than 15 minutes from Knott's Soak City, Palm Mountain Resort not only provides quick access to the park but also provides an ideal complement through its onsite spa. After an energetic day at the water park, spend the next day soothing the body with a hot-stone massage or a body wrap infused with aloe vera, chamomile, and lavender.
The resort's hacienda-style architecture nods to its southwestern setting. In spacious guest rooms, warm color palettes pair with adobe-style walls and flat-screen televisions. With the San Jacinto Mountains in the background, Palm Mountain Resort puts guests within walking distance of downtown Palm Springs' trendy shops, international restaurants, and Palm Springs Art Museum, best known for its large collection of western folk art. In the morning, enjoy breakfast at the 1940s-inspired Ruby's Diner.
Palm Springs, California: Desert City with Outdoor Recreation and Hollywood History
Nestled in southern California’s Coachella Valley, Palm Springs has fallen in and out of fashion throughout the past two centuries. The desert city, which has a strong Native American influence, remained relatively unknown up until the 20th century, when Hollywood A-listers flocked there for its temperate weather and tucked-away feel. Word spread quickly, and by the 1950s and 1960s, the landscape was dotted with tennis courts, swimming pools, and flashy modern homes owned by the likes of Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra.
Though it experienced a lull at the turn of the century, Palm Springs has emerged once again as a vacation hot spot. The sun shines roughly 350 days a year, which makes it easy to hike nearby or play on one of its designer golf courses in any season. Luxury spas and boutique shops cover the glitzy downtown area of Palm Springs. There's an old kitschy feel that still survives in the city, which is now surrounded by retro midcentury hotels and classic Mediterranean-inspired villas.