Planning a trip to Palm Springs? If you don’t get the ‘gram, then you didn’t go, or something like that right? I just took a look at my Instagram feed and I’ve posted over 50 photo from Palm Springs! I’ve got 37 of them below! I don’t think I’ve even posted that many photos of my twins yet! Ha! Here are my Most Insta-Worthy Spots In Palm Springs!
That Pink Door
The holy grail of Palm Springs Instagram photos!
The owners recently added “No Photos” signs to the property, but that doesn’t seem to be stopping everyone from taking photos. Hopefully it’s stopping people from taking photos ON the property. I’ve always said on my Palm Springs Door Tour to be respectful of private property and stick to the sidewalk or the street! Don’t trespass! Don’t be rude. Remember, this is someone’s home!
Download my Free Printable Palm Springs Door Tour Map for the location.
Midcentury Modern Door Tour
Don’t know where to find all those colorful, midcentury modern doors in Palm Springs? They are all around town, but there is a large group of them located in the same neighborhood as “that pink door,” so grab my Free Printable Palm Springs Door Tour Map to take with you to Palm Springs so you can drive, bike, or walk around and get all the colorful pics!
You’ll need to book a stay at this boutique hotel that operates more like a bed & breakfast in order to get photos, but you won’t regret it!
Korakia Pensione is really the only place I like to stay in Palm Springs when I’m going for a relaxing vacation with my husband. It’s not a party hotel. If I’m looking to unwind for a few days, sit by the pool and do nothing, then I’m booking either the Acropolis Suite, the Aegean Bungalow, or the Ionean Bungalow on the Mediterranean Side at Korakia Pensione. Want to know more? I have an entire post about Korakia right here!
Ace Hotel and Kings Highway
Not only is the inside of the Kings Highway diner gram-worthy, but the food and drinks are good, too! Get that group shot in the booth near the rattan elephant head.
If you’re not a guest at the property, sneak outside near the pool where there is an always changing mural, but there’s also the ACE letters out front.
Unlike the Korakia, you don’t need to be a guest of The Parker to visit. It’s a large hotel property with two restaurants (and valet is free if you’re dining at the restaurant, just let them know when you pull up) and the Instagram opportunities are endless.
First of all, there’s the breeze block wall and iconic orange door. There’s the pink-shirted valet drivers and bell hops. There’s the lobby. The Shining-inspired carpeted stairs and lipstick smeared lip art on the walls. There’s the Mini Bar. The Drugs sign. The rainbow vases. The owl macrame wall. I still haven’t visited the Lemonade Stand or the back of the property because I haven’t stayed there (see Korakia above), but maybe someday I will.
Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium
Want that “wandering aimlessly through the cactarium” shot? Then you need to visit the Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium!
Pro tip? Check the opening times and go early in the day before it gets blazing HOT!
The Shops at Thirteen Forty-Five
Need some retail therapy? Check out the The Shops at Thirteen Forty-Five and grab a shot of the pink wall!
The Saguaro is a great place to stay if you’re looking for an Insta-worthy background for the weekend.
Warning: it is a party hotel and it comes with all the features of a party hotel including the possibility of loud music, loud people, weird smells in rooms, and gross carpet, etc. While I enjoyed taking pictures at the property and the food at El Jefe, I did not particularly enjoy my stay there. Maybe your opinion would be different – be sure to check yelp reviews and book accordingly.
Yummy hot dogs? Check! Quirky wallpaper of hot dogs? Check! Eat at Frankin Bun for an Insta-worthy lunch.
The Palm Springs City Hall building is pretty impressive with a large hole in the middle of the courtyard to make room for a trio of palm trees!
Located at 3200 E Tahquitz Canyon Way.
You can take a paid tour of the windmills, or you can drive along the same road as the tour place to stop and get a shot with the windmills behind you in the distance.
Outer Palm Springs Areas: These other locations are not IN Palm Springs, but they are within a 45-90 minute drive of Palm Springs and are all well worth the trip if you have the interest and the time.
About an hour and a half drive from Palm Springs is this mountain of colorful awesomeness of Salvation Mountain by the late Leonard Knight. It’s an amazing folk art attraction and if it’s not too hot, I highly recommend getting up early and driving out for a visit!
I don’t have any photos, but if you’re at Salvation Mountain, might as well visit Slab City, too!
If you’re making a visit to Salvation Mountain, you might as well stop at the Salton Sea. No, those aren’t white sandy beaches, the beaches look white because they actually consist of ground up fish bones!
Driving in from LA? You need to stop and take a selfie with these dinosaurs! You can also grab a date shake at Hadley Fruit Orchards or do some outlet shopping at the Desert Hills Premium Outlets nearby.
The wesbite shows admission fees, but it’s free to stop for a photo and visit the gift shop.
If you’re a music fan, you might want to check out the calendar at Pappy & Harriet’s and catch a show!
The husband and I tried to get into a free Paul McCartney concert randomly happening out there a few years ago, but unfortunately we didn’t get in and instead headed into Joshua Tree and did a little shopping and ended up at …
The End Vintage Store
… where I bought an amazing pair of sunglasses for $12. I basically refer to them as my non-Paul McCartney concert sunglasses. The End is a really cute little vintage shop with a couple great murals on the side.
Have you ever taken a sound bath? For some (my husband), it’s basically just a super relaxing nap (and he swears he “can’t nap!”)
You can read my review of our experience at the Integratron here.
Shari Elf is one of my favorite artists! I own several of her art pieces, and her Crochet Museum is pretty awesome, too!