LA to Palm Springs
The scenic drive from Los Angeles to Palm Springs is two hours through some of the most beautiful parts of the Golden State. Be sure to drop in on some of these highlights on your way to Palm Springs. From LA’s largest outlet shopping destination to an outdoor museum in the desert and views over the Coachella Valley – this is a real Californian road trip.
Outlet Shopping at Desert Hills Premium Outlets®
As you enter the desert on the I-10 you’ll find Desert Hills Premium Outlets®. This shopping oasis has the largest collection of luxury outlet stores on the West Coast. Enjoy savings of up to 65% every day at more than 180 designer stores including Burberry, Max Mara, Prada, Gucci, Fendi, Burberry, Dolce&Gabbana, Jimmy Choo and more.
Browse the huge product range at Neiman Marcus Last Call and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH. You’ll also find all your other favourite retailers like Tommy Hilfiger, Coach Outlet, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Levi’s, Nike Factory Outlet, Vans Outlet, Theory, lululemon and kate spade new york. You can find a full list of stores here and be sure to check out all extra deals before you go.
Eating Like a Californian
LA is the birthplace of the beloved In-N-Out Burger restaurant chain and no trip to California is complete without a visit. After shopping till you drop, head across the road for a taste of the famous In-N-Out burgers and fresh hand-cut fries.
Be sure to stop by Hadley Fruit Orchards to sample some local produce. This rustic supermarket is renowned for sourcing the best locally-grown dates, fruits, nuts, organic wine and snacks from surrounding farms and orchards. Owner and founder Paul Hadley is credited with making “trail mix”, which he initially sold to hikers heading up into the nearby San Jacinto Mountains. While you’re at Hadley Fruit Orchards be sure to order their famous date shake.
For a bit of retro-desert charm head just up the road from Desert Hills Premium Outlets to the Cabazon Dinosaurs. These two life-size dinosaurs were built in the early 70’s and have become an iconic roadside attraction of the I-10 highway. You may recognize the Cabazon Dinosaurs – they were featured in several 80’s films including Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. Inside Dinny (a 150-foot long Brontosaurus) is a gift store and museum which is accessible via stairs up his long tail.
View From the Top
A ride up the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will take you to the best view of Mount San Jacinto area. This aerial tram is the largest rotating tramcar in the world. The short ten-minute ride will take you from Coachella Valley, through the Chino Canyon, to the mountain station of San Jacinto State Park. At the top you can take in the amazing views from the observation deck and explore the summit. There are a range of ways to enjoy the view, with an abundance of hiking trails, a natural history museum and two restaurants.
A Museum in the Middle of the Desert
Head just north of Palm Springs and you’ll find yourself in the Joshua Tree National Park area. Just outside the park is the iconic Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum – bring your camera for this one. Noah Purifoy was a renowned 20th century sculptor who spent the last years of his life in the desert near Joshua Tree constructing large-scale sculptures from junkyard materials. Today more than a hundred of his pieces lie in the desert and are open and free to view for the public.