Situated just around three hours away from Mexicali and Tijuana to the south, less than two hours away from Los Angeles to the west, and four hours away from Phoenix, AZ to the east, the amount of sights to see and activities to do in the nearby vicinity keeps Palm Springs life exciting. 

That’s not to say that Palm Springs doesn’t have a lifetime of things to do just within the city limits. It’s a bustling city with a vibrant nightlife, a thriving art scene and multiple year round festivals.

But for those looking to live in a city that offers more options in the nearby vicinity, Palm Springs makes for the perfect mix of things to do within the city as well as events to find and cities to explore nearby. 

To help get you excited about Palm Springs life, we’ve come up with a list of the many things to do and cities to visit that are worth the trip out of this gorgeous oasis town. 

View of vineyard near Palm Springs real estate typical of Temecula Wine Country

Temecula Wine Country

Known for its luxurious wines and multiple vineyards, Temecula is a great way to spend the day sampling some of the finest wine offerings in the state. 

While still making sure to do classic styles well, Temecula also puts fresh new twists on what wineries can offer, such as wine slushies offered by Bel Vino Winery. 

And since Temecula is only an hour and a half away from Palm Springs, it makes a great destination for day trips, or if you don’t want to worry about getting back to Palm Springs, plan to spend a weekend there with some friends. 

View from Palm Springs real estate typical of the High Desert

The High Desert

The High Desert is a popular area located just a few miles north of Palm Springs (which is located in the low desert). 

Also known as the Mojave Desert, this informally designated area contains five municipalities, including Apple Valley and Victorville. 

Generally cooler than Palm Springs, the High Desert makes a cool retreat for Palm Spring residents during the hot summer months. 

As a popular spot for filming locations, the High Desert is also a great day trip destination for film buffs to visit some of their favourite film spots, such as The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Independence Day and more. 

View of Joshua Tree National Park near Palm Springs real estate

Joshua Tree National Park

This national landmark provides visitors with plenty of trails to explore, as well as first come, first serve campsites to enjoy the gorgeous starry night away from the light pollution of the surrounding cities. 

Just remember to pack plenty of water for your hikes as it gets hot during the day, and bring plenty of blankets for the night time, as the temperature drops quite drastically. 

View of guadalupe valley, a great day trip from Palm Springs real estate

Guadalupe Valley in Baja, Mexico

Also known as the Valle de Guadalupe, this area is just over four hours south of Palm Springs and offers those that make the journey incredible options for restaurants in the area.

The area is famous for the creation of Baja Med cuisine, an incredible fusion of Mexican, Mediterranean, and Asian cuisine. 

But we all know food is always enhanced when a little wine is involved! Be sure to check out some of the many notable wineries and vineyards in the Guadalupe Valley, with over 100 options to choose from, such as:

  • L.A. Cetto

  • Monte Xanic

  • Adobe Guadalupe

  • Las Nubes

  • El Cielo

With so many choices for great day trip opportunities so close to the already bustling, cultural hub of Palm Springs, this town is exciting enough to keep your calendar stocked full of things to do and places to see for months. 

Are you looking to live just a day trip away from these exciting options? Contact Geoffrey Moore today, I'm your local Palm Springs real estate expert!

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