Total Driving Time: 1 hour, 54 minutes
Distance Covered: 107 miles
Take This Trip If: You’re looking for deserted relaxation.
Set in the middle of the California desert, Palm Springs is for those who need to get away from it all. There’s no such thing as a vibrant nightlife here (some would even say the restaurants are nothing to rave about either), but that only adds to the appeal if all you need is a little sun, some art galleries, and maybe a few quiet rounds of golf. While senior citizens make up most of the city’s residents, there are a surprising number of stylish spots, all set against the backdrop of gorgeous mountain and desert landscapes.
The Parker Palm Springs is one of the hottest hotels around, with stylish, eclectic décor; impressive rooms; an 18-hole golf course; a full-service spa; four gorgeous pools, and even a helipad. Modeled after a Mediterranean B&B, the adults-only Korakia Pensione is equally as striking, but in a more rustic-chic kind of way. It features individually decorated rooms, beautiful outdoor grounds, yoga classes, and two charming pools perfect for sunbathing and relaxing at a fraction of the price.
Top Driving Tip: Riverside, located roughly halfway between L.A. and Palm Springs, is home to the stunning Mission Inn, the largest Mission Revival style building in the U.S. and the perfect place to stop for lunch or even just to grab a few of its famous Casey’s Cupcakes.