Palm Springs

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Palm Springs’ popularity is party due to its proximity to other road-worthy areas in Southern California. Getting out of town to explore these landscapes – from desert to mountain to beach – is very popular, so be sure to plan ahead before hitting the not-so-lonely road.

Day Trips from Palm Springs

Anza-Borrego State Park

California’s largest state park is somewhat of a local’s secret. The hilly terrain connects the desert and marine eco-systems of the San Diego Mountains – and cute towns like Borrego Springs, surrounded by the park, make for interesting exploration and a quieter, untrammeled slice of desert life.

57 miles south of Palm Springs, CA, www.parks.ca.gov
Tags: hiking | outdoors | day trip | state park

Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear

If you can’t stand the heat, head up the death-defying Rim-Of-The-World Road to the cool mountain resort towns of Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear. Explore two manmade lakes high in the San Bernadino Mountains, where a woodsier world of skiing, hiking, boating, and hot-springs hopping awaits.

75 miles northwest of Palm Springs, CA, www.lakearrowhead.net; www.bigbearinfo.com
Tags: hiking | biking | skiing | outdoors | day trip

Los Angeles

To really get Palm Springs, one must first understand the source of its weekender contingent - beautiful and sprawling La La land, where sandy beaches, old Hollywood legends, and a vibrant mix of ethnic restaurants, cutting-edge galleries, and iconic buildings and sights speak for themselves.

110 miles west of Palm Springs, CA, www.lacity.org
Tags: culture | architecture | day trip | culinary | city

Salton Sea

This 376-square-mile saline lake is a former resort area and a desert oddity where mud volcanoes and sinkholes may prevent it from ever becoming a hot tourist destination again, but over 380 species of birds make it a mecca for birders and naturalists.

37 miles southeast of Palm Springs, CA, www.saltonsea.ca.gov
Tags: outdoors | day trip

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