Just another sunny day in Palm Springs — Photo courtesy of Greater Palm Springs CVB
With warm weather, sunshine and not a drop of rain in sight, Palm Springs is often a coveted destination for winter getaways. As temperatures creep into the triple digits come summer, however, the traffic disappears, the crowds dwindle and the locals come out to play. The summer season has long been a secret oasis for locals and savvy travelers who know the best Palm Springs travel deals can be found in July and August.
Hotel stays are deeply discounted during summer months — Photo courtesy of Greater Palm Springs CVB
Many hotels, especially the renowned boutique properties of Palm Springs, offer deep discounts for summer travelers. Summer hotel rates can dip as low as half the rate during high season, and often a free night is included with 3 or 4 night stays. Summer is undoubtedly the best time to experience a few of Palm Springs' most iconic hotels at affordable rates. Plus, visiting during off-season means less crowds around the property, swimming pools and neighboring restaurants.
Water attraction at Knott's Soak City — Photo courtesy of Knott's Soak City
If the triple-digit temperatures have you wary, cool off at Knott's Soak City, which is only open during the summer months. Here, you'll keep cool while enjoying 16 acres of water slides and wave pools.
Hikers enjoy the Mt. San Jacinto wilderness area — Photo courtesy of Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
And if you think you need to hang up your hiking boots until fall, think again. While it may be too hot to hike the trails on the desert floor, 54 miles of trails await hikers at the tops of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Temperatures at the Mt. San Jacinto wilderness area are usually 30 to 40 degrees cooler than temperatures in the desert, making for perfect hiking weather.
If you're looking for a desert escape with plenty to do, minus the crowds, be sure to visit Palm Springs during the summer months.