Palm Springs, the favorite city of former president Obama and heaven for people who love playing golf. But no panick, even though you’re not a president or a golfer, Palm Springs is an awesome place! After visiting the Grand Canyon, I spent 2 days over there and these were my favorite things to do:
1. Salvation Mountain
Salvation Mountain is not in Palm Springs but it’s nearby in the Colorado Desert and it’s a wonderful place for people who love colorful things just as much as I do. Basically, it is a hill covered in all kind of colors with Bible verses and Christian sayings. As I already mentioned, the mountain is located in the desert which means it was hotter than a jalapeño’s armpit over there. I’m glad I visited because it’s something unique and I’m pretty much of a believer anyway. I expected the place to be very crowded as it’s trending on Instagram but most of the time I was all alone there which was great. After wandering around for 15-20 minutes and taking some awesome pictures, my brain was cooking so I left.
2. Visit famous houses
Palm Springs has some beautiful, iconic and famous houses. Actually, it is a nice place to take your car or rent a bike and just drive around to look at all these beautiful creations. On the web you find lots of self-guided tours to see where all kind of celebs live or lived but I didn’t know lots of them so I just picked a few I really wanted to see: Elvis’ Honeymoon hideaway, Marilyn Monroe’s home and the house with the famous pink door. I could spend hours driving around in this city!
Elvis’ Honeymoon hideaway: 1350 Ladera Cir, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Marilyn Monroe’s home: 1326 N Rose Ave, Palm Springs, CA 92262
The house with the famous pink door: 1100 E Sierra Way, Palm Springs, CA 92264
When you go to Palm Springs, make sure you’re there on a Thursday night. The famous Palm Canyon Drive is transformed into a cozy street fair where you can find lots of art, food and jewelry. I hang out there for approximately 2 hours and enjoyed a great burger from a food stall on the street.
4. Yoga (with a view)
Yoga is getting pretty trending in Belgium too but I wanted to experience it in America just to see the difference. There are pretty much yoga centers in Palm Springs. Power Yoga was the one that appealed to me the most. They have lots of different types of yoga, in the morning or in the afternoon. It’s no problem to join a lesson for only one time but it’s a bit pricey to be honest, 20 dollars per lesson. After taking 2 lessons I felt way better than before so for me it was worth it. The owner is an extremely nice lady and the view during the lesson couldn’t be more stunning.
5. Nightlife: Zeldas Nightclub
I don’t party that often when I’m on holiday because I can feel pretty inhuman the day after. Yet there was a certain atmosphere in Palm Springs that made me long for a party. Locals assured me that Zeldas Nightclub is the best place to have a party. I always thought that America was the place to party till early in the morning but nothing’s further from the truth. All clubs close at 2 am! In Belgium we’re just getting started by that time. But I also found out that the party starts earlier, at 9 pm. And I think that’s a great thing because I had an awesome party and woke up at a reasonable hour the next day. People over there are also very sociable and friendly. I got to know a bunch of people that night.
These were my favorite things to do during my stay in Palm Springs beside hanging out in nice bars and restaurants. I stayed there for two days before driving to San Diego. Two days were enough for me.