Every year thousands gear up for 3 days of partying in the desert. Come for the music, stay for the parties, but don't forget that in between all that fun you will need to eat and at least relax once by your cool hotel pool. In this guide you'll have the inside scoop on the best hotels for lounging, partying and people watching. We have your culinary adventures covered with cheap eats, fine hotel cuisine, and hidden gems. When you want to unplug and enjoy something completely different, our destinations will hold it down. Don't forget: wear sunscreen + stay hydrated.
You can't go to the desert without having a date shake! Might as well have the best, so stop by Shield's for your tasty cold treat. Great little gift shop with vintage post cards too.
The Salton Sea is unlike any place I've ever been. Totally fascinating, this nearly abandoned part of the desert encompasses both beauty + death at the same time. Witness millions of tilapia sprawled across a stunning desert landscape.
Adventurous or romantic, your choice. Either way, you're going to get the best view of the entire desert from 6,000 feet up. Enjoy a stunning ride on the tramway - some of you might need to hold on tight. Don't miss: take a hike around Mount Jacinto State Park.
Health food store with a cafe that delights the senses. Fresh juices, smoothies and delicious veggie options for those trying to eat light. Stock up on coconut to stay hydrated. Must eat: falafel burger.
Something casual at a great mom'n'pop spot. Eat there or take it to go if you have the munchies. Must Order: lamb pizza!
A must stop if you're looking for vintage jewelry and mid-century modern home decor. Be prepared to be overwhelmed by this hidden gem!
Your must stop for coffee in the desert. Offering bold fair trade drips to blended treats for those with a sweet tooth.
Beautiful hotel with unrivaled design. Love the landscape and that much of it feels private. Incredible spa + a 24 hour pool not to be missed. This is the place to be seen.
Magical sound baths await you. Come for a public session and prepared to feel complete calmness + tranquility. For just $10 you can meditate like you never have before.
Colorful hotel for people looking for a cool space that won't break the bank. People watch from your balcony. Large pool serving poppin cocktails. Don't miss out on Tinto, their delish restaurant!
If you're looking to start your morning right, go to Cheeky's. Offering fresh squeezed oj with modern takes on your fave breakfast classics, this spot always has a wait list because they're pros. Must order: bacon flight!
Dine al fresco at this cozy spot on the strip. Refreshing cocktails, unique salads and thin crust pizza that will satisfy your cravings. Must Order: roasted eggplant with buratta.
A hipster's paradise. Grab a alcohol infused snow cone and jump in the pool while you hear your fave DJs drop some beats. Don't miss out on Monday night BINGO with Linda Fabulous. End your stay with a moment in the photobooth.
With interior designs by Kelly Wearstler, this secluded boutique hotel offers a visually stimulating vibe. Quiet + sophisticated, a bungalow at The Viceroy really lets you know that you're on vacation.
BEST spot for brunch in Palm Springs. You're going to pay a little bit extra but the atmosphere + food is worth it. Order the following for pure joy: Upstream Eggs Benedict, Wa-Za Waffle, and Chunks of Lobster Swimming in Cheesy Macaroni.