THE 5 MOST INSTA-WORTHY PLACES IN PALM SPRINGS

Palm Springs. The ultimate desert vacation for fun, relaxation, and, of course, pool time. Don’t forget about the amazing art, food, entertainment, and shopping! When staying in the desert jewel of Southern California, there’s no way you’ll find yourself without anything to do.

While exploring this city, I found some beautiful spots that are sure to make your Instagram feed pop. To help you spend more time enjoying your vacation instead of searching for the most picturesque spots around town, here are my picks for the 5 most Insta-worthy places around Palm Springs.

Windmills

The windmill farms along Interstate-10 is something you couldn’t miss even if you tried. The sea of 4,000 large, white windmills is a source of clean energy used to generate power for the entire Coachella Valley. The whirling blades are quite mesmerizing. While the windmills alone are beautiful, it is the San Jacinto and San Gorgonio Mountain ranges southwest of the wind farms that make the photos one of a kind.

Best Time: Sunset or Sunrise. If you go any time in-between, the sun creates a stark silhouette of the turbines in the mountain pass.

Directions: To get up close, you’ll want to drive North on N. Indian Canyon Drive (inbetween the I-10 and W San Rafael Drive). Before you reach the I-10, take a left onto Garnet Ave. Drive for about 1 mile and you’ll see some side roads to the left where you can pull off and walk closer to the windmills.

The Pink Door

You might wonder who would’ve been brave enough to paint a door bubblegum pink? The answer: Moises Esquenazi.

Moises, an interior designer in New York, renovated the home and changed the vine covered home to what it is today. What’s funny is at first there was talk in the neighborhood to change the color of the door. However, over time, it has become an infamous spot for photos and even has its own hashtag: #thatpinkdoor.

Best time: Sunrise or Sunset. Both will have perfect lighting so there are no harsh shadows — plus, you’ll hopefully miss the desert heat. However, if you don’t want to wait in line for a photo, sunrise is even better. That’s when I went and there was absolutely no one around.

Address:  1100 E Sierra Way, Palm Springs, CA 92264 (This is a private-home so be respectful.)

The Saguaro

The rainbow of colors decorating The Saguaro makes it the most Instagramable hotel in all of Palm Springs.

In 2012, the hotel underwent renovations under the supervision of New York-based Stamberg Aferiat Architecture, whose goal was to mimic the colors of desert wildflowers. 14 beautiful colors were chosen to match the longest façade of the hotel, which is 14 rooms with 14 balconies. These vibrant colors make it impossible to not feel instantly happy as you walk around the hotel.

Don’t miss out on this wonderland of color! There are literally hundreds of places around the hotel that are picturesque. Some of my favorites were by the pool, the terrace from the ballroom, and inside by the lobby. I promise you’ll have so many photos, you won’t know what to do with all of them!

Plus, if you’re hungry, be sure to check out the restaurant inside The Saguaro, El Jefe.  They have an amazing happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 to 6pm with $5 margaritas! Their Pork Tacos were the BEST I have ever had in my life! However, I’m not surprised since the restaurant is run by celebrity chef Jose Garces!

Best Time: Midday. While the light will be harsh, this is the only time where the pool and inside area of the complex will be without any shadows. All the colors from the different hotel balconies will be bright and vibrant.

Address: 1800 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264

Websitehttp://thesaguaro.com/palm-springs/

The Parker Hotel

The origin of the hotel dates back to 1959 and was California’s very first Holiday Inn! However, after being bought and sold multiple times, in 2002, the property was purchased by hotelier Jack Parker. He enlisted designer Jonathan Adler, famous for his modern American glamour style, to lead a $27-million-dollar renovation of the property. In 2004, the hotel reopened as the Parker Palm Springs decorated in what Adler likes to call “hippie chic,” with an eclectic mix of vintage treasures decorating the guest rooms and common spaces.

Since then, The Parker has become extremely famous through Instagram for having its patterned, white concrete wall and vibrant red front door.

WARNING: The Parker does not allow photography with DSRL cameras. If you want to take photos, it must be with an iPhone or digital camera. For a permit to use a DRSL camera, you must apply days before and the cost is $2,500!!!

Best Time: Midday. The hotel faces East and West, so the only time when the infamous white wall and red door entrance is not shaded is around noon.

Address: 4200 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264

Websitehttp://www.theparkerpalmsprings.com/index1.php

El Paseo Drive

Known as the Rodeo Drive of the desert, El Paseo Drive is located just outside of Palm Springs in Palm Desert. It features over 300 world-class shops, clothing boutiques, art galleries, jewelers, restaurants and more. What makes El Paseo drive so picturesque is that it is lined along a beautifully maintained floral and statue-filled mile!

Best Time: Sunrise. There is no one driving down the street or parked along side the road in the early morning, so take advantage of this for some awesome shots down this fabulous shopping strip.

Address: 73-470 El Paseo St., Palm Desert, CA 92260

Dress: Willow Blue Floral Maxi Dress from Love Verity (Shop HERE)

What are your favorite Insta-Worthy places around Palm Springs? Let me know in the comment below. I’d love to hear your suggestion!

Cheers! 

Angie xoxo

2017-12-03T01:34:11+00:00

42 Comments

  1. Sabi August 29, 2017 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    Beautiful pictures, love your blog 🙂 I haven’t made it to Palm Springs when I was living in LA, somehow I totally missed out going there. I was only passing the windmills on my way to Joshua Tree Np, loved them though.
    Xoxo, Sabi from smilesfromabroad

    • Angie August 30, 2017 at 3:51 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Sabi! 🙂 Hopefully one day you’ll be able to go back and see this colorful city.

  2. Anonymous August 23, 2017 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    Wow! Great pics and I love the history you weave into your writing. I’ve driven by Palm Springs a dozen times, next time I’m going in. Can’t wait for your next article.

    • Angie August 25, 2017 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for reading! I was a history major so I definitely can’t help but give a couple of facts haha 🙂

  3. Casey August 22, 2017 at 3:40 am - Reply

    Love, love, love your perspective on the big and small things! You are so artistic and professional. Success looks good on you 😉!

    • Angie August 22, 2017 at 3:13 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Casey!! 🙂

  4. Hanna August 18, 2017 at 7:33 am - Reply

    This all looks incredible!! Definitely will have to visit Palm Springs, and your photos are incredible! I’m definitely learning a lot from you, thank you!!!!

    • Angie August 18, 2017 at 3:49 pm - Reply

      Thank you Hanna! 🙂 I’m so glad you liked the photos! You would really love Palm Springs. Such a fun little town.

  5. Lauren August 18, 2017 at 12:05 am - Reply

    Love the bright colours!

    Xo

    Lauren
    http://www.ponytail-pretty.com
    @ponytailpretty

    • Angie August 18, 2017 at 3:08 am - Reply

      Thank Lauren! That’s one thing I love about Palm Springs 🙂

  6. Tireless Travellers (Liv and Pedro) August 17, 2017 at 7:44 am - Reply

    Woaaah these pictures are amazing!!!! Keep up the good work! We have just started an insta page (@tirelesstravellers) and a blog (www.tirelesstravellers.com) and pages like yours are an inspiration!!!!

    • Angie August 17, 2017 at 6:21 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Liv and Pedro for checking out my Instagram and website! You’re support really means so so much to me 🙂 And congratulations on your new account and blog. That is absolutely so exciting! Wishing you two all the best!

  7. Nicole August 17, 2017 at 6:22 am - Reply

    Hi Angie! Love this blog post so much ans it is helpful a lot as i start trying to improve my photo skills. 💖 Still struggling to edit my photos so my feed will look more consistent. So yesterday i bought myself a camera. 😀Very soon (only 3 days left) i’m going to california. I will stay in Davis for 3 weeks but i am really trying to see a lot there. The problem is Palm Springs & Grand Canyon are so far away! Altough grand canyon i def going to visit!; Do you have any tips how i could best manage to see a lot stunning places or do you know any places near Davis? Also do you have a blog post about Grand canyon? Thank you for sharing all that great content. 💖Love, Nici @_nicolenadiya_

    • Angie August 17, 2017 at 6:25 pm - Reply

      Hey Nicole! Buying a new camera is a huge step and so exciting 🙂 Unfortunately, I’ve never been to Davis so I am not quite sure what there is to do around there, but I’ll do some research and get back to you through Instagram. And I don’t have a Grand Canyon post yet but next month I will be headed there myself so I’ll get the chance to write one 🙂

  8. Ana August 17, 2017 at 4:59 am - Reply

    I cant believe the hotel charges that amount of money for taking photos with a dslr!!!! Isn’t that a little too much?? Haha. Thank you Angie, I loved the post and going to pin it (my way of saving it) for whenever I go that way 😉

    @thetravelbook.co

    • Angie August 17, 2017 at 6:18 pm - Reply

      I definitely think it was a ridiculous amount of money! I’m a portrait photographer in Arizona and I’ve never had to pay for a huge fee for a permit to shoot at a hotel. I was very disappointed. And thanks Ana! I’m so glad you’ll be saving it for your trip out to Palm Springs 🙂

  9. Lauren August 17, 2017 at 4:55 am - Reply

    Gorgeous photos as always! I wish you had done this before I went here last spring! I’m actually doing a similar thing where I live’most instagrammable spots in south west England ‘ check it out if the like 🙂 @nytoanywhere

    • Angie August 17, 2017 at 6:19 pm - Reply

      Awe I wish I did too! I really should have started my blog sooner but better now than never right? haha I can’t wait to read your blog post on the most Insta-Worthy places in southwest England!! Let e know when you post it 🙂

  10. Rebecca August 17, 2017 at 1:51 am - Reply

    Love your photos and article! You inspire me as I’m just learning how to take photos and finally getting time to travel! Looking forward to seeing where you go next! @fouronesevenadventures

    • Angie August 17, 2017 at 3:14 am - Reply

      Oh my gosh Rebecca! It’s good to hear from you! Thank you so much for checking out my post 🙂 I’m so happy to hear you’re learning photography and traveling more! So very exciting! Can’t wait to see where you go next either!

  11. Caroline (@picturesandwordsblog) August 17, 2017 at 1:05 am - Reply

    Ahhhh this makes me want to go back to Palm Springs ASAP – you have some of my favorite spots on here! Gorgeous photos, and I love that you included the best time to go for photos!

    • Angie August 17, 2017 at 1:15 am - Reply

      I always find it so helpful to know when the lighting is best for photos, especially now that I have this blog 🙂 Palm Springs is such a cute little place for a mini vacation. I hope you get to go soon!

  12. Hillary August 17, 2017 at 12:12 am - Reply

    Love this list!! I love seeing the windmills off of the 10 when driving from LA – the best sign that the drive to Palm Springs (or to Indio for Coachella) is almost over! Also, El Jefe happy hour is the best. So glad it made the list!
    – Hillary (@hillaroundtheworld)

    • Angie August 17, 2017 at 1:14 am - Reply

      I love seeing the windmills too! It’s a nice little hello to the Coachella Valley 🙂 And OMG yes!! Loved EL Jefe! Best happy hour in town!

  13. Alexandra August 16, 2017 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    Loved the article! Thanks for sharing all these great infos. Big kiss from Ireland 😘😘😘
    @aless.florea

    • Angie August 17, 2017 at 12:10 am - Reply

      Thank you so much girl! 🙂

  14. Emily August 16, 2017 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    Hey Angie,

    Absolutely beautiful photos on here, and such a wonderful read! I hope I get to go to California soon! A gorgeous state. I’ll definitely visit all the insta-worthy places. My favourite photo is the one of you outside the pink door 💖 Just beautiful ⭐️

    Emily (The Wild Destination 😊)

    • Angie August 16, 2017 at 10:14 pm - Reply

      I so hope you get to go to California (specifically Palm Springs) soon! It really is quite a lovely place 🙂 Thank you always for being so supportive of my photos and my blog. It truly means so much!

  15. olivs_life August 16, 2017 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    Waaw Angie, I’m in love with your pics 💕! You really got it. The right places with matching clothes and a lovely girl. Keep up the good work 👍☺️.

    • Angie August 16, 2017 at 10:13 pm - Reply

      Thanks Olivia! 🙂 You are just the sweetest! Thank you for your kind words and encouragement!

  16. La Bengale August 16, 2017 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    It’s a great article! A lot of information and really useful when you are travelling 🙂 and your pictures are totally stunning. Love the colors, your style, your smile! Your work is inspiring and your article make me dream. I want to go there now ! 🙏🏼

    • Angie August 16, 2017 at 10:12 pm - Reply

      This comment made my day Ophelie! Thank you so so much girl!! Keep on dreaming of beautiful places 🙂

  17. goexplorela August 16, 2017 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    Great article. Very informative. What kind of camera did you use to take photos of the food?

    • Angie August 16, 2017 at 9:57 pm - Reply

      Thank you 🙂 I used a Nikon D750 and my 24-70mm lens for all my images.

  18. Yvette August 16, 2017 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    Lovely article on palm springs! Thank you for these insta-perfect places and great tips! 😍💙

    • Angie August 16, 2017 at 9:58 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for check out my post, Yvette! Means so much <3

  19. Anonymous August 15, 2017 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    The best article I’ve ever read on Palm Springs !!!

    • Angie August 16, 2017 at 3:35 am - Reply

      Wow! Thank you so much! That is such a wonderful compliment 🙂

  20. Jessie August 14, 2017 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    I Love this one! So easy and informative to read!!! Keep it up girl

    • Angie August 14, 2017 at 4:27 pm - Reply

      Thank you Jessie! I’m glad you liked this one! 🙂

  21. Eva Ulibarri August 9, 2017 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    Thank you for all the information and the breathtaking pictures. I wish I was going to explore this amazing place today!!

    • Angie August 9, 2017 at 10:58 pm - Reply

      You’ll definitely have to go at some point. Perfect for a weekend getaway 🙂

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