Well-known for beautiful weather, gorgeous trees, and blue skies, Palm Springs offers an amazing desert oasis located at the foot of California’s stunning mountain ranges. Many Palm Springs vacation rentals are situated just a stone’s throw from eclectic dining establishments, engaging attractions, and outdoor activities. Whether you plan to embark on an adventure or simply relax by the pool with a cold beverage, Palm Springs has something for everyone. Plan an unforgettable trip to Palm Springs by figuring out what to pack and which activities to check out during different seasons.
Visiting Palm Springs in Summer
With daytime temperatures reaching triple digits, a trip to Palm Springs during the summer is sweltering, to say the least. Tourism is at its lowest point during this time of year, which offers fewer crowds and cheaper rates for travel. When thinking about what to pack for your trip, be sure to include sunscreen, a portable fan, comfortable shoes, and fashionable swimwear. Splashing around in the pool is a great way to stay cool in July, which is the hottest month of the season where temperatures can reach up to 108 degrees. Although spending the day surrounded by crisp air in your vacation rental may sound appealing, the city is filled with misters to spray you with a fine water mist to ensure your daytime outing to lunch or shopping on Palm Canyon Drive is bearable. Temperatures drop slightly in the evening for night owls who want to experience all the city has to offer in more enjoyable weather.
Splash House is a multi-venue festival of pool parties to keep you cool while you dance to music provided by popular DJs. With dates in both July and August, this festival delivers a fun-in-the-sun environment for party animals. For a more formal experience, check out the Desert Classic Dancesport Championships in July for an exciting ballroom dance competition. This Palm Springs event delivers an amazing show highlighted by incredible performers.
Visiting Palm Springs in Fall
Visiting Palm Springs in the fall offers a bit of relief from the scorching heat of the summer. While daytime temperatures remain in the low 90s, the heat and humidity seem more manageable. Although this time of year, Palm Springs experiences a surge in conventions and business travelers, vacations during the fall are complemented by slightly cheaper accommodations and smaller -oriented crowds. The slightly warmer weather provides a better time of year to engage in outdoor activities like nature walking and hiking through Joshua Tree National Park.
For outdoor enthusiasts, the Palm Springs Tram Road Challenge offers a 6k uphill walk or run that climbs 2000 vertical feet in a little more than 3.7 miles. If you want to stay active on vacation, this event gets the heart pumping, and benefits the United Way of the Desert. For a social experience, check out the Props and Hops Craft Beer Festival to taste dozens of craft beers. Watch military aircraft take off from the tarmac while enjoying live music and tasty vendor treats.
Visiting Palm Springs in Winter
The winter in Palm Springs delivers a truly unique experience. Although December is the coldest month of the year in Palm Springs, daytime temperatures typically rest between the mid to high 60s. Winter in Palm Springs works perfectly for getting out and exploring the outdoors. During the winter months, snow caps the mountain tops surrounding Palm Springs for a picturesque backdrop. A light jacket or sweater would be smart clothing items for fun outdoor activities like a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.
In December, the Palm Spring Festival of Lights Parade brings in the holiday season with more than 90 floats decked out with colorful lights. With celebrity guests, popular bands, and giant balloons, this parade gives holiday cheer to thousands of people in attendance. For art lovers, Art Palm Springs in February provides an engaging art experience and marketplace to view or purchase fine art pieces.
Visiting Palm Springs in Spring
Temperatures are ideal for tourism and events during the spring season in this beautiful city. Whether you desire spa pampering or lounging by the pool, March through May delivers the perfect weather to enjoy your favorite leisure pastime. Daytime temperatures range from the mid-60s to low 80s, which works well for attending the plethora of food and music festivals. Although rates and accommodations are at a premium price, visiting Palm Springs in April allows you to see the desert come to life during spring wildflower season. April is the busiest month for Palm Springs with popular events like Coachella, Stagecoach, and Fashion Week.
In April, Coachella draws thousands of people together to enjoy art and popular music from world-renown artists. Fashion Week Palm Springs provides a magnificent runway for designers to showcase signature collections. This social event displays graphics, logos, and imagery on side walls to elevate the appeal of the event and their distinct showcase.
Best Time to Visit Palm Springs
Palm Springs offers something and memorable during each season. For the best weather and festivals, you should consider visiting Palm Springs between late winter and early spring. From January to April, the weather in Palm Springs ensures daytime activities, such as hiking or shopping, are enjoyable. Although this time of year is more expensive, late winter offers the best natural scenery with beautiful snow-capped mountain tops, while early spring provides the stunning wildflower season. The best time to visit Palm Springs depends on your personal interest; however, the city showcases all it has to offer between January and April.
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