Palm Springs, California, is a wonderful winter destination, particularly in an RV! You have all the comforts of home AND a great way of getting around to see the sights. The scenic drives in the area are enough reason to come to Palm Springs, not even taking into consideration the amazing shopping opportunities and outdoor recreation.
One of the first things you should do upon hitting town is to ride the Palm Springs Tram. From the top of the San Jacinto Mountains you can look out over some incredible vistas of the Chino Canyon and the desert valley. Hiking around in these mountains is always a treat of nature with lovely pines and great weather.
A section of the Pines to Palms Scenic Byway is California Highway 74 and 371 and 79. This highway climbs high up to a maximum of four thousand feet. As you drive down into Temecula Valley you have the opportunity to enjoy a stop at one of more than thirty wineries to get in some wine tasting. You will fall in love with these premium wines.
When you continue on Highway 74 and take Highway 243, you will come to the lovely mountain town of Idyllwild. It is fun to experience the eateries in this town, and there are outdoor recreation opportunities for you too. Pick up a special gift for a loved one back home. The friendly folk and ambience will have you contemplating moving here.
If you want to take a unique day trip, drive to Joshua Tree National Park. Remarkable plant and animal life are abundant here, on hundreds of thousands of acres. You will see both high and low desert landscapes. The winter months are also the ideal time to visit as the weather in the summer is impossible to tolerate.
Not too far away is the Salton Sea, one of the largest inland seas in the world. This makes a very interesting side trip from Palm Springs. You’ll see a lot of bird life and animal life that make their home in this place. Hiking is one of the most popular pastimes in the area, but some people also like to kayak or fish.
Head east out of Palm Springs to Coachella Valley’s Thousand Palms Preserve. This area is a bit cooler than the regular desert landscapes you just left. You can bring along a picnic, and don’t forget your camera as you’ll want to shoot some photos of the wildlife in the region. Another place to put on your list of spots to visit is Lake Arrowhead. This mountain resort offers plenty to do even in winter months. Right now the mild winter allows you to hike, fish, bike or simply enjoy wildlife watching.
Yes, Palm Springs is a great place to make your base of operations as you travel around and enjoy the sights. There are several RV Campgrounds to choose from as you travel from place to place. You will have all kinds of adventures on your RV vacation, ones you’ll remember forever!
Picture credits: Top photo of Palm Springs Tram by Scott Ableman, middle photo of Temecula Vineyards by Renee Silverman, and the bottom photo of Deep Creek by Logan Brumm, all were found on Flickr Commons. They are licensed under the Explore/Creative Attribution Commons license.