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.
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.)
UPDATE: Photography is no longer permitted at “That Pink Door.” Due to the overwhelming number of people who stop by for photos, the owners have asked that visitors please respect their private property and not trespass. However, you can still drive by and have a look at this lovely home.
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
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
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!