A Palm Springs honeymoon is ideal for couples who are in desperate need of R&R after their big day but also don’t want to spend a fortune. Sandwiched between Los Angeles and San Diego, this desert city is known for its hot springs, Instagram-worthy scenery, and well, insanely hot temps. When you get tired—or hot— lounging by your hotel pool, explore the area’s botanical gardens or take in the natural sights by horseback or hot air balloon. Sprinkle in some history and Hollywood influence by spending a night at the theater or Elvis’ actual honeymoon spot for a picture-perfect trip that you’ll remember for years to come. No matter how you spend your Palm Springs honeymoon, make sure you give yourself time to soak up a sunset (or three) and celebrate the start of your own happily ever after.
If you’re ready to start the booking process—yay!—here’s our best suggestions and advice for an incredible Palm Springs honeymoon.
When to Go
The best time to take a Palm Springs honeymoon is from January through March. Temperatures, while still reaching 80 degrees on average, are more mild than extremely hot summer months. It’s important to note that January is the rainy season in the Golden State, so you might experience more showers than normal. Nights are also chilly, so don’t forget to pack a sweater. If you don't mind fighting a bit of a crowd—and sweating!—April through June is also a beautiful time, while the fall is so popular, it could shoot prices way, way up.
Top Sites and Attractions
When you visit Palm Springs, there’s so to experience, not only in amazing restaurants and fancy five-star hotels, but also creations from Mother Nature herself. Here are a few ideas to get your schedule-planning skills ignited:
- Smoke Tree Stables: A hop and a skip from the iconic Indian Canyon, you and your lovebug can channel your inner Western spirits. These stables feature more than 150 miles of trail, giving you the opportunity to quite literally ride into the sunset, side by side. Head out on horseback to explore 150 miles of riding trails near the Indian Canyons.
- Sunnylands: As newlyweds, you crave seclusion, romance and quiet. The tourist stuff is nice, sure, but for when you book your honeymoon suite—you’ll want to set your search here. Set in the middle of Palm Springs, this 200-acre estate serves as an oasis away from the chaos, making it ideal.
- Moorten Botanical Garden: Since hey, you’re #justmarried, you have every excuse to selfie up a storm and update your Instagram stories every minute during your Palm Springs honeymoon. You can find plenty of photo opps—and learn more about the local flora—when you spend an afternoon exploring this historic landmark. Here, you can appreciate all the beauty that the desert has to offer with cacti galore!
- Ponte Winery: Bottoms up, brides and grooms! Though there are countless vineyards in the Temecula area, this spot offers 300 acres of rolling hills and plenty of flavorful wines to sample. Best of all, there’s Uber, so consider this your permission to get boozy.
- Fox Performing Arts Center: If you’d like to learn more some of that hollywood glamour that created some of the greats we all love and adore, splurge on a show at this theater. Fun fact: it’s where Bing Crosby and Judy Garland frequented in the 1920s!
- BMW Performance Center: While you were picky about the resort, your new spouse did all of the research for the car rental. Give him the gift he really wants by taking a trip to this hot spot. Here, he can get behind the wheel of the newest BMW model on the track drive off-road course.
- The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens: You wanted to go on a safari, but sadly your budget didn’t allow two first-class tickets to South Africa. You can still witness animals in a (mostly wild) setting by spending your day feeding giraffes, riding camels, walking through the nature preserve, and more.
- Hot Air Balloon Rides: You already faced—and conquered!—your fear of commitment, so now it’s time to check off ‘heights’ from your no-go list. Catch the sunrise or sunset in a hot air balloon. For added romance, book a champagne ride if you’re visiting from September through May!
- Jeep Tours: Want to see the renowned San Andreas Fault up close and personal? You can get right into the action by booking a 3-hour tour in an open-air Jeep. Just hold on tight!
- Indian and Tahquitz Canyons: Just south of the desert, take a dip in the Tahquitz Canyon massive 60-foot waterfall or hike on trails through Indian Canyon’s ancient irrigation systems and rock art.
- Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway: You’ll love your partner even more tenderly when you take a trip back in time during your Palm Springs honeymoon, specifically Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s honeymoon in May 1967.
Article by Lindsay Tigar