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Explore and experience Downtown Palm Springs

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For those who want to escape the bustle of big cities like LA, the city of Palm Springs awaits you. With its warm weather and laidback vibe, Palm Springs has become a destination of choice for folks looking for a reprieve from big city living. It’s also a favorite tourist attraction for those who dwell in cold climate areas.

If you’re entertaining the idea of paying this desert city a visit, perhaps you’d like to know what the downtown area has to offer. Below are three of downtown Palm Springs’ biggest tourist draws.


Avid shoppers will enjoy the compactness of the city’s shopping area, as the retail stores are mainly found on Palm Canyon Drive between Ramon Road and Alejo Road. Some of the more popular stores on the Drive include the Palm Springs staple Johnny Was, the very chic Chico’s boutique, and Francesca’s, known for their affordable wares.

Looking for something more upscale? There’s an impressive lineup of quality chains on the Drive, such as West Elm, Sephora, Kiehl’s, and H&M. You can also find a good helping of home goods stores, interior design shops, and art galleries with unique offerings to personalize your abode.


Aside from retail stores and shops, Palm Canyon Drive – specifically the south portion – is also home to some of the best dining places in town. For classic Mexican food, there’s El Mirasol Cocina Mexicana that delivers a broad sampling of flavors from South America. For something homegrown, Ace Hotel & Swim Club’s menu features locally sourced ingredients transformed into bohemian-style dishes inspired by the Wild West.

To quench your thirst, you’ll find plenty of bars and local hangouts in the area. Be sure to check the side streets if you’re looking for a more local vibe. One particular favorite among residents, Sherman’s Deli along Tahquitz Canyon Way offers patio seating if you have your furry four-legged friend in tow. For the necessary perk-me-up, the Kings’ Highway Diner serves caffeinated beverages all day every day.


Boasting sunny and warm weather for almost all of the days in the year, Palm Springs downtown is a place where you can take a walk, jog, or ride your bike whenever you feel like it, especially as there are dedicated bike lanes and paths. If you forget to bring your two-wheeler with you on your vacation, just rent one from the many bicycle rental shops in town. For a true workout, head to Gene Autry Bikeway Trail, a 20.1 kilometer bike-only back trail off Ramon Road.


With restrictions lifting, you’ll surely want to troop to the downtown area on Thursday nights as the Palm Springs VillageFest reopens. The once-a-week night market hosts over 180 booths with vendors selling wares ranging from food and drinks to artworks, handcrafted items, and more. You’ll also want to check out the Palm Springs Art Museum for its always-interesting exhibits.

These are just a sampling of the many enjoyable activities that downtown Palm Springs has to offer. If your visit here gets you thinking about what it would be like to live here, the California Real Estate team will be happy to accommodate your questions about the area. Visit La Quinta and learn more about the La Quinta real estate market by getting in touch with us today.

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