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 fifty photos from Palm Springs! I don’t think I’ve even posted that many photos of my kids yet! Ha! I’m sharing many of those photos below which include 28 of the Most Instagrammable Spots in Palm Springs!
28 of the Most Instagrammable 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!
That Pink Door, 1100 E Sierra Way, Palm Springs, Ca 92264
Palm Springs 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!
Korakia Pensione, 257 S Patencio Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262
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 to the right of the pool where there is an always changing mural, but there’s also the ACE letters out front which are accessible to the public.
Ace Hotel and Kings Highway, 701 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Unlike the Korakia, you don’t need to be a guest of Parker Palm Springs 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 you have to be a guest to access those parts and I haven’t stayed there (see the Korakia where I always stay above), but maybe someday I will.
The Parker, 4200 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium
Want that “wandering aimlessly through the cactarium” Instagram 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!
Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium, 1701 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Azucar at La Serena Villas Hotel
If I was having a bachelorette party, I would definitely book a reservation at this Frida table at Azucar located inside the La Serena Villas Hotel. The styling is perfect! The food and drinks are, too! And upstairs is the equally photogenic Sugar High bar!
Azucar at La Serena Villas Hotel, 339 S Belardo Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Purple Palm Restaurant, Colony Palms Hotel
Another gorgeously photogenic restaurant is the Purple Palm Restaurant located inside the Colony Palms Hotel. The food and drinks are great, too!
Purple Palm Restaurant, 572 N Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
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! Be sure to go inside, some of the shops are super photogenic, too!
The Shops at Thirteen Forty-Five, 1345 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
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.
UPDATE: They have updated the motel in 2021, so it may be better now, but I have not personally been since the update.
The Saguaro Hotel, 1800 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Yummy hot dogs? Check! Quirky wallpaper of hot dogs? Check! Eat at Frankin Bun for an Insta-worthy lunch.
CURRENTLY CLOSED. Check their website to see if they’re re-opening another location soon.
Riviera Palm Springs Resort
I think the Riviera Palm Springs Resort has some super Instagrammable spots located throughout the property, but compared to some of the other hotels, I think it’s more on the safe side.
UPDATE: It’s now a Jimmy Buffet-themed Margaritaville Resort, so likely not as “Instagrammable” anymore.
Riviera Palm Springs Resort, 1600 N Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
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!
Palm Springs City Hall, 3200 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262
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.
I don’t really know how to describe Robolights other than one’s man’s trash is another man’s treasure and that man then makes things out of it, paints everything in wacky colors and puts them all over his yard with music. You can go inside (I have not because I was there alone and I didn’t think it was a very safe thing to do, but the next time I’m in Palm Springs with my husband we will for sure visit!), you simply need to text the owner at 1-760-774-0318 who will let you in.
The owner used to make a spectacular Christmas display with lights, but the traffic and crowds became too much for the neighborhood and he was not allowed to do it last year.
Robolights, 1077 E Granvia Valmont, Palm Springs, California 92262
Aloha Hotel Sign
I love the vintage vibes of this sign! It’s perfect for a fashion blogger! I have the perfect outfit planned out for this sign: a vintage Hawaiian shirt as a kimono over a bathing suit and shorts … I just have to wait until I’m not pregnant!
Aloha Hotel, 1080 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Go to Gypsyland for this eccentric photo setup with pink poodle lady outside the shop, but be sure to go inside and check out the deals! I grabbed an amazing turquoise and gold midcentury lamp when I was there for $35!
Gypsyland, 2675 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Sherman’s Deli & Bakery
A Palm Springs institution! The midcentury signage, the food, the enormous cakes and desserts!
Sherman’s Deli & Bakery, 401 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Outer Palm Springs Areas:
These other locations are not IN Palm Springs, but they are within a 20-90 minute drive of Palm Springs and are all well worth the trip if you have the interest and the time.
It’s free to visit a portion of Sunnylands’ gardens, the visitor’s center, and the gift shop, but if you really want to view the estate, you’ll need to book a tour. I didn’t have time for a tour when I visited (plus, I’m pregnant and can’t stand/walk around for the entire length of the tour), but I will definitely be booking a tour in the future. If you only have limited time, I highly recommend stopping by to see the limited portion of the gardens and watch the free 20-minute film, it was highly informative!
Sunnylands, 37977 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, California
Rancho Super Carwash
Also known as the Elephant Car Wash, the Rancho Super Carwash’s vintage neon sign is amazing! If you’re a fashion blogger, be sure to get a shot in front of the sign!
Rancho Super Carwash, 71490 Hwy 111. Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Sands Hotel & Spa
I think my next stay in Palm Springs might be at the beautiful Sands Hotel & Spa. The hotel looks gorgeous everywhere you turn and the Pink Cabana Restaurant is so Insta-worthy!! The lights, the chairs, the bar! Beautiful!
Sands Hotel & Spa, 44-985 Province Way, Indian Wells, CA 92210
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!
Salvation Mountain, Beal Rd, Calipatria, CA 92233
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 website shows admission fees, but it’s free to stop for a photo and visit the gift shop. Tell ’em Large Marge sent ya!
UPDATE: In 2020, they’ve started painting the dinosaurs for various holidays and seasons.
Cabazon Dinosaurs, 50770 Seminole Dr, Cabazon, CA 92230
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.
Pappy & Harriet’s, 53688 Pioneertown Rd, Pioneertown, CA 92268
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.
The End Vintage Store, 55872 Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley, CA 92284
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.
The Integratron, 2477 Belfield Blvd, Landers, CA 92285
Shari Elf is one of my favorite artists! I own several of her art pieces, and her Crochet Museum is pretty awesome, too!
World Famous Crochet Museum, 61855 CA-62, Joshua Tree, CA 92252
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