Every day starts the same on my Palm Springs family vacations. My son jumps out of bed, throws on his swimming trunks, and makes a beeline to the shimmering pool. No need to look at the sky or check the weather report since the sun is always gloriously shining in the Coachella Valley desert (360 days a year, according to the local tourist board). Anywhere else I might complain about all the early morning splashing, but honestly, I’m delighted to have an excuse to sit under the brilliant blue skies, looking at the towering San Jacinto Mountains and sipping my coffee while planning our day.
Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley may be best known for its swinging Rat Pack history and destination music festival, but it’s also a fantastic getaway for families with plenty to entertain kids and adults alike. I’ve been visiting the Coachella Valley for more than a decade, and from the rotating Palm Spring Aerial Tramway (the tallest in the world) to the otherworldly landscape of the San Andreas fault, the Seussian world of Joshua Tree National Park to the fascinating animals at the Living Desert Zoo, I’ve discovered a myriad of outdoor wonders that can entertain kids for days.
Best of all, there are design-savvy hotels right in the heart of downtown that offer family-friendly pools and spacious rooms. And in Greater Palm Springs, you’ll find amenity-filled resorts that feel like luxurious desert oases. Regardless of which you choose, everyone in the family can spend time enjoying the desert sun and scenery in style and comfort at one of these Palm Springs family resorts and hotels.