“Palm Springs, California became famous for being a haven for the Hollywood glitterati, with stars from Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe to the Sinatra-led Rat Pack using the desert city for rambling and rejuvenation. It’s equally renowned for its desert modernism architecture inspiring the Modernism Week that celebrates its form and substance every year.
But Palm Springs is only one of nine desert cities that make up the golf course-studded oases flanked by the San Jacinto Mountains and Joshua Tree National Park. These nine towns all have bragging rights. And stretching across just 30 miles along I-10, it’s easy to visit them, even if you just have one day. Start in Palm Springs and head north to Desert Hot Springs. From there, hit the furthest flung city, Coachella, and then see the rest along Highway 111…”