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Old Hollywood is alive and well in Palm Springs vacation rentals

In the 1960s, Palm Springs, California was a sanctuary for Hollywood stars who wanted respite from the prying eyes of the press and fans. The likes of Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, and Lucille Ball had homes there. Today, many of the Mid-Century Modern houses that these Old Hollywood celebrities called home are now available as vacation rentals. You can use them as a base for family outdoor adventures or as a romantic desert haven. Or you can use them as a setting for fulfilling your fantasy of being a Hollywood star and living the glamorous life on your desert holiday.


A stroll through Palm Springs neighbourhoods such as Movie Colony, Warm Sands, or The Mesa is a trip down memory lane. These neighbourhoods contain Mid-Century Modern houses from the 1940s, many of which have housed a member of the Hollywood elite. Some of them are even available as vacation home rentals. But there's more to Palm Springs than movie stars and their cribs. The area was once home to the Cahuilla people, who occupied the land for more than 2,000 years. You'll find the remains of their ancient settlements in Indian Canyons and Tahquitz Canyon.


Activities and attractions in and around Palm Springs

Are you hoping to find attractions to visit while you're in the area? Travelers enjoy fun activities like hiking and golfing. Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to check out everything that makes Palm Springs a fun place to get away. These are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway (2.5 mi / 4 km)
  • Living Desert Zoo and Gardens (13 mi / 20.9 km)
  • O'Donnell Golf Club (0.3 mi / 0.5 km)
  • Bel Air Greens (2.2 mi / 3.6 km)
  • Wet'n'Wild Palm Springs (3.4 mi / 5.5 km)
  • Cimarron Golf Club (3.7 mi / 5.9 km)
Natural features

Exploring the desert landscape and other natural features in Palm Springs

Whether you're an adventurous traveler or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Palm Springs is a great place to get outside. These are some of the area's most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium (1.5 mi / 2.5 km)
  • Baristo Park (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
  • Tahquitz Canyon (1.4 mi / 2.2 km)
  • Desert Highland Park (3 mi / 4.9 km)
  • Wet'n'Wild Palm Springs (3.4 mi / 5.5 km)
  • Indian Canyon (3.9 mi / 6.3 km)
How to get there

Transportation to and around Palm Springs

Fly into Palm Springs, CA (PSP-Palm Springs Intl.), the closest airport, located 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Bermuda Dunes, CA (UDD), which is 16.7 mi (26.8 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, the main station serving the city is Palm Springs Station.

How to get around

Getting around from your Palm Springs vacation rental

If you're looking for public transit to take you around Greater Palm Springs and Coachella Valley, you can get around via SunLine Transit Agency's buses. It has a number of bus routes serving Downtown Palm Springs. But if you intend to stay within the Downtown area, you can pretty much walk to anywhere from your vacation rental. Downtown Palm Springs is pretty compact, and it has a lot of bike lanes and bike rental shops if you feel like pedalling across town. Just remember to wear comfy shoes and protect yourself from the desert sun with a sombrero and sunscreen.

Food & drink 

Desert dining at its best near Palm Springs vacation rentals

Wondering what to eat? Just step out of your vacation rental and let your nose guide you. Palm Springs is a foodie paradise, with more than 100 restaurants serving various cuisines. Tex-Mex is never out of place in this desert resort town, but if you're craving for something other than tacos or burritos, you can find almost anything here – from classic French, to cozy Asian, to cutting-edge molecular gastronomy. Another thing that Palm Springs has in abundance are speakeasies, where happy hour can run for hours.

Essential info

Before you book: need-to-know facts about Palm Springs

Palm Springs is a resort city in the middle of Coachella Valley, around 172 kilometres east of Los Angeles. It's the largest city in California's Riverside County, covering a total area of 240 square kilometres. The warm weather attracts retirees and snowbirds, while the city's retro vibe draws in the young hipster crowd. Additionally, Palm Springs has one of the biggest LGBT communities in California. Exploring the desert wilderness is one of the more popular things to do in Palm Springs. If you go hiking, though, keep an eye out for the rattlesnakes that are common in the area.

How many vacation rentals are available around Palm Springs?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 6,628 house rentals around Palm Springs. From 3,067 Houses to 2,149 Condos/Apartments, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Palm Springs is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Palm Springs?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Palm Springs:

  • Twin Palms: 706 vacation rentals
  • Historic Tennis Club: 162 vacation rentals
  • Downtown Palm Springs: 620 vacation rentals
  • Racquet Club East: 597 vacation rentals
  • Canyon Sands: 142 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Palm Springs?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Palm Springs. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Indian Canyons: 5,814 home rentals
  • Palm Springs Convention Center: 7,183 home rentals
  • Desert Dunes Golf Club: 6,776 home rentals
  • Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium: 7,428 home rentals
  • San Jacinto Peak: 4,887 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Palm Springs listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Palm Springs?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 3,067 Houses in Palm Springs. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Palm Springs include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 2,149 lodging choices
  • Villas: 544 lodging choices
  • Bungalows: 151 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Palm Springs?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 5,730 vacation homes with pool available in Palm Springs.

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