Go on a hollywood-style Palm Springs weekend break
A Palm Springs weekend break was highly fashionable for Hollywood stars of the 30′s who turned this small desert oasis into their A-list playground. As a result the town still has a legacy of cool architecture, hip establishments, and cars of character cruising up and down its streets adding to the sophisticated yet relaxed character.
1.Ride the world’s largest revolving cable car
Reaching the top of San Jacinto Mountains is as fascinating as the journey itself. In the short 10 minutes on Palm Spring Aerial Tramway you’ll pass through five distinctly different layers of life zones starting at a desert point finishing amidst an Alpine landscape.
Those suffering from fear of heights may not enjoy the elevation to some 8,500 feet, however, if you can close your eyes, up there awaits you a very picturesque maze of trails and refreshingly cool climate. So cool in fact, you should come prepared with a layer of warm clothes.
The Alpine character at the top, offering a myriad of opportunities for a walk of any length.
We left Palm Springs in almost 40°C and climbed to a temperature of bare 16°C.
2.Lunch on delicate flavours of Asian fusion
Though an unusual choice of cuisines for Palm Springs, Jiao does an excellent job of bringing a touch of China and South East Asia to town.
The dishes are creative and a great choice if you’re looking for a light and refresh lunch. Having said that we stopped at Jiao for dinner and very much enjoyed sitting outside while people watching which is rather fascinating in Palm Springs.
The imperial rolls are utterly morish as are the big bowls of hot and spicy soup.
Jiao is closed on Monday as are most places in Palm Springs.
3.Visit a Dr Seuss desert rock garden
As its name suggests Joshua Tree National Park, less than an hour drive from Palm Springs, is known for its dense growth of the oddly looking Joshua Tree (something akin to Dr Suess’ Truffula Tree).
Like an elaborately landscaped rock garden, the most enchanting of Joshua Tree hikes the “Hidden Valley” masterfully summarizes the charms of this amazing desert park. In springtime this loop of 1 mile comes alive with a myriad of wild flowers and cacti in blossom popping up in between the smooth monzogranite rocks.
Though short, this walk can take forever. The closer you look, the more you see. Find a shady spot, sit down and wait few moments. The patient visitor will be awarded with sightings of humming birds seeking flower nectar, lizards hunting for insect and as you relax you’ll begin to make out the tiniest of flowers growing around your feet.
The Spring is a mesmerising time to be here. Anything that has the ability to produce a flower is busy doing so.
The park has no restaurants and shops thus it pays off to pack some snack and water.