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Three Perfect Days in Palm Springs

Three Perfect Days in Palm Springs

Nestled against the towering San Jacinto Mountains at the northwestern edge of the Coachella Valley, the chic and friendly town of Palm Springs is an idyllic destination for anyone looking for a few days of rest, relaxation, and fun in the California sunshine. 

Once a quiet escape for Hollywood’s Golden Age stars, today’s Palm Springs has grown into a sprawling shopping, entertainment, and recreation hub—a vibrant haven of art, mid-century modern architecture, world-class dining, and luxury resorts set within a stunning low desert landscape—attracting over 12 million visitors each year.  

With a thriving music scene, one of the top zoos in the country, wonderful museums and galleries, countless spas, award-winning golf, and miles of desert and mountain terrain waiting to be explored, there’s something here for everyone.  

Our Palm Springs Residence Manager, Megan, recently shared her picks and ideal itinerary for three perfect days in this beautiful, laid-back California city. Good food, good fun, and lots of outdoor adventures await! 

DAY 1: Golf & Tennis

Start your Palm Springs getaway with coffee and breakfast on the home’s cozy rooftop deck, watching the sunrise or just taking in the picture-perfect views of the surrounding mountains and lush, palm tree vegetation. Your local host will have the kitchen fully stocked with your favorite things, making it easy to put together a quick morning meal at home to kick off the day. 

After fueling up, head off for a morning of golf at the Indian Canyons Golf Resort, considered the “Jewel of Palm Springs” since 1961. Originally a private club favored by several U.S. Presidents and celebrities, today it’s a high-end, full-service resort club that’s open to the public. There are two excellent courses—the 18-hole, par-72 North Course with incredible views, pristine greens, and six challenging water hazards, and the shorter, 18-hole South Course featuring four scenic ponds, rolling fairways, and over 850 palm trees. With a driving range, golf shop, and onsite dining, it’s easy to spend a leisurely day here, whether you’re an experienced golfer or new to the sport. 

When you’re ready for a break, relax with lunch at South Course Restaurant (the Baja fish tacos are fabulous) and then head back to the residence for an afternoon by the pool. Or trade golf clubs for racquets and try out the amazing courts and facilities at one of the nearby tennis clubs or public parks. One of the most popular, Ruth Hardy Park in downtown Palm Springs, offers eight hard-surface courts (open for day and night play) and plenty of parking in a pretty, 22-acre setting. 

For dinner, your Destination Manager will make reservations for you at the renowned Copley’s on Palm Canyon. This award-winning restaurant, on the site of Cary Grant’s former estate, serves up seasonal, elevated American cuisine in a casually elegant space and has been named one of OpenTable’s “100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America” for 2023. Try the Prime New York Steak with Truffle Fries or the organic Chicken Breast + Butter Braised Lobster Tail for a truly unforgettable meal. 

Afterwards, if you’re not ready to turn in, visit the Agua Caliente Casino to try your luck or enjoy a nightcap at their lively Cascade Lounge. 

DAY 2: Joshua Tree National Park

On day two, wake early and grab coffee and pastries at Koffi on your way to Joshua Tree National Park to hike before the sun gets too high. Just 40 miles from Palm Springs, the park is 800,000 acres of unique desert wilderness with amazing rock formations, diverse plant life (including its namesake tree), wildlife, and miles of paved, dirt, and backcountry hiking trails winding through a variety of habitats and landscapes. From short walks along the Arch Rock Trail, Barker Dam, or Cholla Cactus Garden to the more challenging Hi-View or Split Rock Loop trails, every hike in Joshua Tree is filled with iconic, Instagram-worthy views. Just be sure to bring water, snacks, and sunscreen even if you don’t plan to be out long. 

Back at the residence, cool off with a midday dip in the pool followed by a casual lunch at Tyler’s, a popular indoor/outdoor spot serving up some of the most delicious burgers, sandwiches, and sides in the valley. Save room for a refreshing sweet treat at Great Shakes and then burn off the calories with a little shopping at the vintage shops, local boutiques, and galleries along pedestrian-friendly Palm Canyon Drive 

In the evening, we’ll make reservations for you at TRIO where you can dine on casual contemporary cuisine on the fabulous outdoor patio, then be home in time to watch the sunset from the rooftop deck and relax in the hot tub before bed. Try the Pesto Crusted Salmon and Red Wine braised short rib but be sure to leave room for cheesecake for dessert. 

DAY 3: Wine, Dine, and Amazing Views

Today, see the sights from a different point of view starting with a 10-minute ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway—the world’s largest rotating tramcar. On the short-but-sweet journey, you’ll ascend over two miles along the craggy cliffs of Chino Canyon to the tram’s Mountain Station enjoying 360-degree views of the open valley and desert below. 

At the top, take a self-guided nature walk or join one of the free tours that are offered twice a day. Explore any of the 50 miles of hiking trails that wind through the mountaintop wilderness; and check out the small history museum and gift shop on Mountain Station’s ground floor. In winter months, you may opt for cross country skiing or snowshoeing, with rental equipment and permits available at the seasonal Adventure Center. 

For lunch, enjoy a one-of-a-kind fine dining experience at the superb Peak’s Restaurant—ranked #8 on Architectural Digest’s list of the “World’s Best Cliffside Restaurants.” With fresh, seasonal produce grown in the valley, dry-aged meats, and market-fresh seafood alongside a great selection of local wines and craft beers, you’ll get a true taste of Contemporary California cuisine with unparalleled, panoramic views. 

In the afternoon, visit the Palm Springs Art Museum for a look at their renowned collection of Western and Native American artwork as well as their Modern and Contemporary galleries and special exhibits. Take in the cool mid-century architecture around town. Walk through the small, family-owned Moorten Botanical Garden. Or make the 30-minute drive over to Palm Desert to explore the family-friendly Living Desert Zoo and Gardens 

After a full day out and about, we’ll arrange for a private chef to come in and prepare dinner for you at the residence as you relax by the pool or on the rooftop deck with a glass of wine. A perfect way to wrap up three perfect days in Palm Springs! 

At Home in Palm Springs with Equity Estates 


Our stunning, resort-style Palm Springs home is the perfect place to kick back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful California weather and mountain views. This modern four-bedroom, six-bathroom home is located in one of Palm Springs most prestigious neighborhoods and features a gated courtyard surrounded by high walls and hedges, an open indoor/outdoor living concept, a chef-grade kitchen, private pool and spa, and an amazing rooftop deck—all conveniently located near the best resorts, restaurants, and attractions in the area. 

Travel with Equity Estates for a unique and memorable experience. If you would like more information about investing with Equity Estates, please reach out to our Investor Relations team at 404.445.8501 or click to schedule a call. Your fabulous Palm Springs getaway awaits!