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Architecture is Reason Enough to Hit Palm Springs

December 20, 2011 at 4:49 PM | by | ()

Tis the season to head for sunnier, warmer climes. For many this means the Caribbean and Mexico while for others, they're keeping it closer to home in Palm Springs, CA. Since we know many who'll head to the desert on Virgin America's new route to Palm Springs, we're thinking it's time to let you in on a few of our own personal favorite PS secrets.

When you're not guzzling all-you-can-drink champagne in Palm Springs, the thing to do is take in the sights. Just be totally sober before hopping behind the wheel, of course. There's no shortage of vistas in this desert valley surrounded by mountains and blue skies, and we confess that our favorite thing to do in Palm Springs is actually just leisurely cruise around.

Driving here (any time other than Coachella) is a breeze. The streets are wide and well maintenanced, traffic is extremely rare, and oftentimes the buildings that line that road are as photo-worthy as the natural scenery. There's just something about that midcentury modern look, and luckily it's something in which Palm Springs specializes.

There are many architecture tours you can take in town, including ones themed after celebrity homes and history (Elvis' honeymoon!), or just on the notable architects. A few are listed here.

Regardless, we find that the best tour you can take is the one you do yourself, with a little time spent on Wikipedia and at the Palm Springs Visitor Centre to prepare. Above are a few shots we took from just an hour of driving around, with no definite destination other than to end up at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club. Enjoy.

[Photos: Cynthia Drescher for Jaunted]

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