Palm Springs in One Day: The Ultimate 24-Hour Guide

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For those who only have a day in the desert oasis, here’s how to make the most of it.

Hey there, fellow traveler! 🌴

First off, let me say, welcome to my beloved Golden State! If you’re coming to Palm Springs and only have 24 hours, you’re in for a treat. Sure, it’s a tight squeeze, but you can still capture the essence of this desert gem in just one day. Ready? Let’s dive into the sun-kissed vibes of Palm Springs.

Morning: Sunrise and Breakfast


6:00 AM: Joshua Tree National Park

Yeah, I know, it’s a bit early. But trust me, witnessing the sunrise at Joshua Tree is an otherworldly experience. Those iconic Joshua Trees set against the pink and orange hues of dawn? Insta-worthy!

Tip: Pack a light jacket. Mornings in the desert can be cooler than you might expect.


8:00 AM: Breakfast at Wilma & Frieda’s

After an early start at Joshua Tree, refuel with breakfast at Wilma & Frieda’s. Located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, this cafe is cherished for its homemade comfort food with a twist. Indulge in their famous short rib eggs benedict or the griddled French toast – it’s a fluffy delight with layers of cream cheese custard filling.

Now, with your appetite satisfied, you’re energized for the next leg of your Palm Springs adventure! Enjoy! 🍳🌴


Morning Activity: Architecture and Arts

9:30 AM: Palm Springs Architecture Tour
Palm Springs is a haven for mid-century modern architecture. From the iconic butterfly roofs to the sleek, minimalist designs, you’ll want to have your camera ready. You can book a guided tour or DIY with a map.


11:00 AM: Palm Springs Art Museum

Immerse yourself in art, culture, and history. This museum offers a delightful mix of contemporary art and artifacts from the desert’s native inhabitants.

Lunch Break

1:00 PM: Lunch at Trio
This local favorite offers delicious Californian cuisine. I personally recommend the beet salad or the walnut and blue cheese linguini.

Afternoon: Adventure and Relaxation


2:30 PM: Aerial Tramway

For the best views of the Coachella Valley, hop on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. The rotating tramcars give you a 360-degree view as you ascend 2.5 miles to the wilderness of Mount San Jacinto State Park.

4:30 PM: Spa Time at Desert Hot Springs

After a morning of activities, it’s time to unwind. The natural hot and cold mineral springs here are therapeutic, leaving you refreshed for your evening escapades.

Evening: Dinner and Stroll

7:00 PM: Dinner at Workshop Kitchen + Bar
Located in the historic El Paseo building, this spot offers a farm-to-table experience that’s a treat for your taste buds.


8:30 PM: Stroll and Shop on Palm Canyon Drive

Palm Springs by night is a lively affair. Stroll through the vibrant streets, filled with boutique shops, art galleries, and nightlife spots.

10:00 PM: Drinks at The Nest
Wrap up your day with a nightcap at The Nest. Their cocktails and live music are the perfect way to toast to your whirlwind day in Palm Springs.

There you have it – my action-packed 24-hour guide to Palm Springs. Remember to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, and soak in every moment of the Californian desert charm. Safe travels, and hope to see you soon! 🌵❤️

Remember to always verify operating hours and book reservations where necessary, as timings and availabilities can change.