The open road is constantly calling my name & the most recent road trip was from San Diego to Palm Springs.
Not only did we get a chance to explore Palm Springs on this road trip, but we really made the most of the trip by also managing to visit the cities of Cabazon, Joshua Tree, and Desert Hot Springs.
Let me just say, this trip was one of my favorites, and being only 2 hours driving distance from San Diego, I highly recommend it to all that love an adventure!
The first stop of the trip? The city of Cabazon!
Cabazon boasts 2 things that immediately caught my attention:
The dinosaurs are pretty self-explanatory and awesome, and as for the outlets…OH GOODNESS! Now, we’ve probably all been to an outlet mall or two, but nothing compares to Desert Hills. This top-notch outlet shopping center is home to: Prada, Saint Laurent, Gucci, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Jimmy Choo, Diane Von Furstenburg, Theory and 120 others, all at extremely discounted prices!
(aka shopping heaven)
After Cabazon, our next stop was the mesmerizing city of Joshua Tree. We stayed at an adorably quirky place called Hicksville. Yup, you read right, Hicksville Trailer Palace!
This unique spot boasts a variety of themed trailers, along with a saltwater pool, archery & BB gun set-up, roof deck with hot tub & even a tee-pee! We stayed in “The Fifi” trailer, check it out:
Within a mere 5 minutes of Hicksville is Noah Purifoy’s Art Sculpture Garden, a stunningly surreal collection of outdoor installations, a place surely not to be missed!
After checking out Noah’s Outdoor Art Museum (open to all & free), we headed out to Joshua Tree National Park for some hiking:
Following a day of outdoor activity in Joshua Tree, we drove a mere 20 minutes to Desert Hot Springs, a spa town built over one of the world’s very best hot mineral water aquifers. Meaning…amazing hot mineral pools!
We stayed at The Spring, which is an absolutely beautiful resort and day spa with 3 24-hour mineral pools, a sauna, and many massage & facial options.
Note that Desert Hot Springs was also voted as having the best drinking water IN THE WORLD! I can vouch for the fact that it is, in fact, the best tap water I have ever tasted, velvet and smooth as can be.
Just mere minutes from the spa was the Cabot’s Pueblo Museum, a unique cultural landmark in Desert Hot Springs.
After some serious pampering and culture, we headed out to Palm Springs, where we enjoyed several memorable meals and even got to check out the street fair titled Villagefest (think sweet treats, dozens of food vendors and some really amicable + talented artists) that occurs every Thursday on Palm Canyon Drive.
Note that there are tons of unique design stores located in the Uptown Design District, so if you’re looking to decorate, look no further.
Lunch at Viceroy:
Late Night Dining at The Parker:
That evening, we spent the night at Korakia Pensione, an enchanting bed & breakfast named ‘one of America’s sexiest hotels’ by Forbes Traveler.
The Ionean Bungalow:
complimentary breakfast in the courtyard:
In all, it was a truly memorable road trip and I highly suggest this path to anyone living in or around the San Diego and LA areas.