Dial up the heat in the desert city with yoga sessions, thermal spas and mid-century modern hotels in one of the coolest corners of California.
Once a hedonistic retreat for the likes of Elvis, Marilyn Monroe and the Rat Pack, Palm Springs is back on the cool list. Lovers of all things retro-chic flock to the city’s opulent mid-century modern hotels, while others come to seek warmer climes come winter (when the population triples). From palm-lined hot springs and scenic desert hikes to rooftop yoga and vegan eats – take your pick of the best ways to unwind in Palm Springs.
Packed your walking boots? A steep, rocky hike along the Tahquitz Canyon Trail will lead you to this hidden waterfall – a dip in the ice-cold pool below offers an exhilarating wake-up – if you dare. Even if the flow is low (it’s weather-dependent), spectacular mountain views and history abound. The 2mi (3km) trail sits within tribal lands; join a ranger-led interpretive hike to learn more. They run a few times a day and are included in the admission price.