Sweep Your Sweetie Away with These 10 Romantic Attractions in Palm Springs

Romance comes easy in Palm Springs, where a palm-lined skyline surrounded by the majestic red hues of the San Jacinto Mountains creates an intimate desert oasis for romantic retreats, proposals and destination weddings. But if you’re looking to make your couple’s getaway extra special, you’ll be happy to know that there are quite a few romantic things to do in Palm Springs.

The best ways to whisk your significant other away in Palm Springs is to do so quite literally, with either a trip up the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway or a hot air balloon ride over the Coachella Valley. The Palm Springs tram takes you 8,500 feet up the San Jacinto Mountains, offering a 360-degree view of the Coachella Valley below. At the top, you can dine with a view at Peaks Restaurant or pack a picnic lunch and spend the afternoon exploring San Jacinto State Park’s nature trails and pristine landscapes. Or take a romantic hot air balloon ride over the Coachella Valley, sharing a basket as you soar over the desert and see it like you never have before.

If losing yourself in nature is your idea of romance, you’ll be happy to find plenty of hiking trails and preserves throughout Palm Springs and the surrounding desert cities. No matter how you want to spend your romantic weekend in Palm Springs, you’ll find plenty to do together throughout the desert.



The Palm Springs Art Museum has seen many transformations since its inception in 1938. Originally focused on the desert environment and the native Cahuilla people, the museum is now dedicated to both the region's indigenous culture and...  Read More



Ever wonder what a roadrunner and coyote really look like? At The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, you can meet the real life inspiration for these desert-dwelling "Looney Tunes" characters. This Palm Desert zoo focuses on educating visitors about...  Read More



Sparkling springs set amid 20,000 acres of lush greenery provide a haven for a myriad desert creatures, just five miles outside of Palm Springs. In the center is a 1000-acre, idyllic palm oasis that served as the backdrop for Cecil De Mille's...  Read More



Beyond the lakes, gondolas and wildlife at the JW Marriott Desert Springs, you'll find The Spa at Desert Springs. The expansive spa area includes steam rooms, showers, two lounges (one designated as a quiet lounge for napping) and pool areas....  Read More

Joshua Tree National Park


Joshua Tree National Park is about a 45-minute drive from Palm Springs, but it feels like a world away. Filled with hiking trails, scenic vistas and larger-than-life rock formations, Joshua Tree is the perfect destination for those looking to...  Read More



Spa La Quinta at the La Quinta Resort has won a number of awards for its outstanding spa experience. The treatments here include water therapies like the Garden Bath, an aromatherapy bath in a private garden tub, and Grounding Earth Reflexology,...  Read More



Discover the outdoors from the open bed of a red jeep on a Desert Adventures tour. The tour company specializes in eco tours of the Coachella Valley, including tours of Joshua Tree National Park, the Agua Caliente Indian Canyons, Mecca Hills and...  Read More



Once a community center for the native Cahuilla people, the Agua Caliente Indian Canyons are a recreational oasis for hikers, horseback riders and nature lovers. Protected by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the area's hiking trails...  Read More



Coachella Valley is a beautiful, peaceful sight from the air, and the picturesque landscape as seen from above is filled with vineyards, polo fields, golf courses, and orchards. Perks of each trip include an in-flight champagne toast and...  Read More



There's no better way to view the Coachella Valley than from above. Don't settle for the view from your airplane window, though. For the best views of the desert, take a cable car into the mountains at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. A 12.5...  Read More


Meet Marissa Willman

Marissa Willman moved to the Coachella Valley in 2001 and loves discovering the best that the desert has to offer. As a Palm Springs local, Marissa enjoys sharing her knowledge of this desert...  More About Marissa