Destination guide

Explore Palm Springs from vacation home rentals

A desert oasis in the heart of the Coachella Valley, the resort town of Palm Springs is a popular year-round vacation destination that offers something for everyone. Rising to prominence in the late 1920s and 1930s with the development of posh hotels that attracted the Hollywood glitterati and the likes of the Rat Pack, today Palm Springs offers a fascinating mix of museums, top-notch dining, outdoor activities, and mid-century modern architecture. If you're lucky, you might even get your big Hollywood break here, like Marilyn Monroe did many years ago.

Things to do

Attractions near Palm Springs vacation homes

Museum buffs will be in heaven at a Palm Springs vacation rental. There are several to choose from, but some of the most popular include the Palm Springs Air Museum, the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, and the quirky Ruddy's General Store Museum, which transports you back in time to mom-and-pop shops of the 1930s. Get a taste of the desert at the Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium, or the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. The rotating Palm Springs Aerial Tramway ride to the top of Chino Canyon is the best way to take it all in.

Activities

Things to do near Palm Springs vacation rentals

Be sure to pack your hiking boots when you head to your Palm Springs vacation rental. Countless local trails range from scenic canyon walks on the easy end, to the rigorous Cactus to Clouds Trail, climbing over 10,000 in elevation in only 16 miles between Palm Springs and San Jacinto Peak. At lower elevations, you can also enjoy plenty of biking, horseback riding, golf, and tennis. For a culture fix, Palm Springs hosts a couple of major film festivals each year, and the large concentration of public art projects makes for a great walking tour.

Weather

Local weather for your stay in Palm Springs vacation homes

You're heading to the desert, so it should come as no surprise that you'll experience plenty of heat at your Palm Springs vacation rental. You can easily see temps of 90 or higher anywhere from April to October, with the mercury soaring well into the triple digits in the peak summer months of June to September. Lows can dip into the 40s overnight from December to February. Palm Springs gets over 300 days of sunshine a year and less than 5 inches of rain, so be sure to pack that sunscreen.

Natural features

Mountains and more mountains as far as the eye can see

Palm Springs may be a desert town, tucked in the Coachella Valley in the northern end of the Sonoran Desert, but the mountains unquestionably dominate the landscape. To the north, you have the San Bernardino Mountains, while the Santa Rosa Mountains rise to the south. The San Jacinto Mountains dominate the west, and the Little San Bernardino Mountains complete the picture in the east. The warm, dry weather makes the valley a prime agricultural area, famous for producing figs, dates, and mangoes. And, of course, you'll see plenty of palm trees in Palm Springs.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Palm Springs

Fly into Palm Springs, CA (PSP-Palm Springs Intl.), the closest airport, located 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Bermuda Dunes, CA (UDD), which is 16.7 mi (26.8 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, the main station serving the city is Palm Springs Station.

Family friendly

Family fun near vacation homes in Palm Springs

Palm Springs is filled with kid-friendly attractions to enjoy with the whole family. Vacation rentals are available near places like Wet ‘n’ Wild Palm Springs, a large aquatic park with waterslides, a wave pool, and a lazy river, and Cabazon Dinosaurs, a roadside attraction with steel and concrete dinosaur statues. Kids will also enjoy Cabot’s Pueblo Museum, a Native American museum within a pueblo with native art and artifacts.

Good for couples

Couple's fun near Palm Springs vacation rentals

As the former playground for Hollywood starlets, Palm Springs has numerous romantic attractions to enjoy as a couple. Vacation homes are available near places like the Palm Springs Walk of Stars, a sidewalk that honors celebrities with plaques and statues, and North Palm Canyon Drive, a shopping district with unique shops and boutiques. The Tahquitz Canyon, a natural area with waterfalls, rock art, and diverse plants and wildlife, is also great to explore.

Where to stay around Palm Springs?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 6,153 vacation rentals near Palm Springs. From 2,875 Houses to 1,986 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Palm Springs for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Palm Springs?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Palm Springs:

  • Sonora Sunrise: 418 vacation rentals
  • Racquet Club Estates: 569 vacation rentals
  • Downtown Palm Springs: 573 vacation rentals
  • Twin Palms Estates: 666 vacation rentals
  • Vista Las Palmas: 714 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Palm Springs?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Palm Springs. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Palm Springs Convention Center: 6,719 vacation rentals
  • Indian Canyons: 5,452 vacation rentals
  • Escena Golf Club: 7,574 vacation rentals
  • Mount San Jacinto State Park: 5,380 vacation rentals
  • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway: 5,383 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Palm Springs listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Palm Springs?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 2,875 Houses in Palm Springs. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Palm Springs include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,986 rentals available
  • Villas: 498 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 135 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Palm Springs?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 5,277 vacation rentals with pool available in Palm Springs. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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