PALM SPRINGS ARCHITECTURE TOUR

See Palm Springs legends like Twin Palms, a.k.a. Frank Sinatra’s House, the Kaufmann house, and the iconic, wing-shaped roof on the vintage Tramway Gas Station with top-rated PS Architecture Tours. Led by modernism buff Trevor O’Donnell, a tour takes you on a 3-hour journey past the mid-century modern landmarks that make the city famous worldwide. Want to see more? Guided home tours are available through Elvis’s Honeymoon Hideaway and the global modernist icon, The Alexander Estate, called
“The House of Tomorrow.”

PALM SPRING ART MUSEUM

From modern installations like ‘Brave New Worlds’ to permanent Bahaus collections, the Palm Springs Art Museum features leading-edge art from around the world. And it’s also home to traditional desert-themed works like basketry and pottery by Native American artists plus sculpture and art glassworks from top artists like Henry Moore and Helen Frankenthaler. You can also check out the museum’s satellite architecture and design center in the heart of Palm Springs during a day downtown.

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PALM CANYON DRIVE

The city’s main street, Palm Canyon Drive, is the place to dine and play — and shop. It’s home to dozens of one-of-a-kind boutiques and galleries—from Instagram darling fashion-and-home store Thick as Thieves to Palm Canyon Galleria with modernist gems like art pottery and mod-luxe décor (hello, velvet lounge chair). And on Thursdays, several blocks of Palm Canyon Drive transform into an outdoor festival with nearly 200 vendors, showcasing handcrafted items, artworks and live entertainment during the weekly Villagefest.

VINTAGE SHOPPING

With its Hollywood-glam origins, Palm Springs has always had iconic style. And thanks to its just-as-cool collection of vintage boutiques, you can dress the (desert-chic) part. The Frippery, walkable from Colony Palms, has finds like flowy caftans and 70s-floral day dresses perfect for poolside lounging. For a solid men’s collection and vintage staples like Dior and Louis Vuitton, check out Mitchell’s nearby. Or shop al fresco at the Palm Springs Vintage Market on Sundays, for both fashion and home treasures. And a short drive away in Palm Desert, the stylist-favorite, The Fine Art of Design, is color-coordinated vintage bliss.

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