Palms Springs is easily one of the most instantly recognizable cities anywhere in the United States. It might be the desert cactuses bordered by towering mountain peaks or it might be the easy cool of the city's unique architecture, or it just might be the unapologetic drive of its residents to forge their own path.
Whatever the reason, few cities feature as many fantastic highlights and photogenic hotspots, ripe for instagram as Palm Springs. With that said, here are a few of our favorite of Palm Springs Most Instagrammable Spots.
There's no way we've included them all, so please let us know in the comments below, if we've missed anything huge!
Moorten Botanical Garden is a unique, family-owned botanical garden filled with beautiful varieties of cacti and other unique desert plants. The gardens can be found alongside the unmistakable Moorten residence known as The Cactus Castle, it's a great example of mediterranean style architecture. The gardens feature specimens from Mexico and as far south as Guatemala.
Palm Springs City Hall
A somewhat unusual highlight in Downtown Palm Springs. Featuring innovative designs from mid-century masters like Albert Frey, E. Stewart Williams and Robson Chambers, the building's most unique and instagrammable feature is definitely the overhang at its entrance. It features a central opening big enough for three palms to peak through. It's unlike any other civic building to be sure.
This isn't so much a single location, as much as a common sight found in the areas north of Palm Springs. Still, they aren't a common sight in most cities across the state - the movement and the contrast with the rising or setting sun can create some wonderfully striking images.
All those Mid-Century Modern Doors (and Homes)
In a lot of ways, the city of Palm Springs acts as a kind of time capsule for the mid-century modern masters. This stylish architecture has frozen parts of the city in time, helping to create its iconic and vintage quality. Again, this isn't so much a single location, as a common feature across the city. It can be a lot of fun to tour the city, looking for prime examples of this iconic architectural style.
If you're on the road to or from Los Angeles, the Cabazon Dinosaurs are a must-stop roadside attraction - at least once. The dinosaurs here were constructed in the 70s and 80s and they are enormous. Dinny the Dinosaur is 150 feet long, and Mr. Rex is no chump at 65-feet tall.
Kaufmann Desert House
Constructed in 1946 and designed by influential architect Richard Neutra, the influence of Kaufmann house on the overall architectural aesthetic of Palm Springs can't be overstated. The home has been renovated and remodeled several times since its initial construction, but it still retains its iconic, mid-century charm.
The Palm Springs aerial tramway holds the distinction of being the world's largest rotating tram car. The cars travel just over 2 1/2 miles per hour while rotating slowly, providing absolutley awe-inspiring views of the cliffs of Chino Canyon, as well as the canyon floor. It's definitely a unique way to gain a fully panoramic view of the Coachella Valley!
Joshua Tree National Park
Last but not least, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention the iconic Joshua Tree National Park, an absolutely unmatched landmark at the confluence of the Mojave and Colorado deserts. Here you'll find fascinating plant and animal life in a setting like no other. No matter which direction you look, sublime rock formations and a sedate desert setting have created a million unforgetable photographs.