“Palm Springs is an iconic California destination, and the sunny, vibrant, and design-forward town has been a favorite hideaway for relaxation lovers for decades. While it’s certainly a place in which you might lounge by the pool and catch rays all day, you should know that there’s more to this desert escape than meets the eye.
“I think Palm Springs is an international city with a village vibe, and that makes it special,” Liz Ostich, owner of Farm Palm Springs, Tac/Quila, Clandastino, and Front Porch, told Travel + Leisure. “The architecture, climate, restaurant scene, and proximity to countless Southern California destinations make it a unique place to visit.”
Ostich, who was born just an hour outside of Palm Springs, has plenty of ideas about what visitors should do once here — it’s all about seeing the town from every angle, including from inside some of its coolest homes. You can also see the city from above. “Palm Springs is home to the largest rotating tram in the world, taking you up to an alpine forest in minutes,” Ostrich says. She also points to popular local events. “One of my favorite events is Modernism Week. Twice a year, people come from all over the world for well-curated home tours, parties, and presentations.”
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