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Looking for the best things to do in Palm Springs? Look no further! Especially now the winter time is approaching, Palm Springs seems like such a great holiday destination. Still sunny and warm. Even though Las Vegas and Los Angeles are popular holiday destinations in California, Palm Springs falls right in the middle of the two. Not too chaotic, but very sophisticated and laid back.

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Visit Moorten Botanical Garden

I’m a sucker for plants! My flat is filled with them, many of which are cacti or succulents. Anywhere I go on holiday and there’s a chance to go to a Botanical Garden, I take that chance! Why Moorten’s garden is on my list is because the photographs I’ve seen other people take there are breathtaking. So many beautiful, big plants!

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Have a coffee at Koffi and Ernest Coffee

As a coffee obsessed part-time barista, I need to try Koffi! Browsing through travel guides and posts by other bloggers, I’ve already kinda fallen in love with this coffee shop. Winner of Best of the Best for coffee in Palm Springs Life Magazine, this café deserves a visit! Maybe even a feature on my Coffee Gems!

Same thing for Ernest Coffee. I’m the kind of person who likes to try as many different kinds of restaurants and cafés while on holiday. You’re only there for a limited amount of time, so you should try to make the most of it! Ernest Coffee also serves alcohol, which makes it a great place to go during the evening. Switching from a coffee to a glass of red wine sounds like a great evening to me.

Have brunch at Cheeky’s

I’m a brunch gal. Going through Cheeky’s website made my mouth water. The pictures of the food look so yummy! This place is a must-go for food lovers. From what I’ve read online, it’s usually quite busy but definitely worth the wait.

Take the Aerial Tramway

As their official website claims “the world’s largest rotating tramcar that travels over two-and-one-half miles along the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon”. Not only would I love to go for the picturesque views and photo moments during the way up, but I’d also love to have dinner at the Mountain Station. There are two restaurants and dining up 8,615 feet is something I don’t think I’ve ever done before.

Vintage shopping at “The Fine Art of Design”

Simply go to their website and have a look through the beautiful photographs of the shop and the items they sell and I’ll assure you, you’d want to go too! Lately, I’ve been getting more into buying vintage or secondhand clothing. Not only to help out the environment – which is the reason why I started looking into shops like this rather than walking into H&M again – but I’ve been loving the challenge of finding beautiful hidden gems in shops like these. I don’t think finding gems will be a hard challenge in this shop though, everything looks so beautiful!

Hire a bike and go on the modern architectural tour

As a Dutchie, I love bikes. Having the option to rent a bike and do a self-guided tour through the midcentury modern architecture in Palm Springs. Not only would this take away the “stress” of having to follow a guide and being forced to do whatever is on the program. You can totally make it your own! Also being free to ride through the streets of Palm Springs on a bike sounds like such a liberating thing to do.

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Salvation Mountain

Even though it’s located 1,5 hours out of Palm Springs, I think the excursion would be worth your time. I’ve seen many bloggers talk about this place and the more I read about it, the more I want to see it with my own eyes. Salvation Mountain is a tribute to God by Leonard Knight. It’s incredible that one man made this and maintained this for so many years. I think it’s definitely one of those places you cannot miss when visiting Palm Springs.

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