07/16/2014 02:02 pm ET Updated Sep 15, 2014

Weekend Getaway: Two Perfect Days in Palm Springs

Palm Springs is the ideal West Coast weekend escape. Thanks to its close proximity to San Diego, Los Angeles, and Phoenix, this desert resort city was basically made for vacations and getaways! But with over 130 spas and resorts and almost as many dining spots plus loads of historical, natural and architectural attractions, planning the perfect trip could get a little stressful. Make planning the trip just as relaxing as the actual getaway with out handy guide to two perfect days in Palm Springs!

The first order of business when planning a vacation in Palm Springs is deciding where to stay, and there's no shortage of amazing options. Those going all-out opulent can book a luxury suite or private villa at the gorgeous Viceroy Palm Springs. They have a spa on site, plus pools (and poolside cabanas) so if you really just want to focus on unwinding, you don't even have to leave the premises. Those who want something a little smaller and more intimate should check out Hope Springs in nearby Desert Hot Springs. It's a mid-century style former motel with 3 natural mineral pools, all fed from their hot spring. Soak in the warm, restorative water and the gorgeous mountain views at the same time! If you're really serious about detoxing, then head to the We Care Spa for an intense (but rewarding) eight-day juice cleanse. 

If you aren't doing the juice cleanse, then you'll need to find some places to chow down while on your getaway, and Palm Springs has something for every taste. Cheeky's is perfect for breakfast/lunch/brunch. They cook up tons of homemade, locally-sourced organic grub (think a lot of gluten-free stuff and kale), but they've also got a decadent bacon bar (treat yo self- you're on vacation!) Another great option is El Gallito Restaurant, which serves up authentic, delicious Mexican food (it is Southern California, after all). The chile rellenos is to die for!

There's tons to do in Palm Springs besides eat and be pampered (but there's nothing wrong with you if that's all you want to do!) Squeeze in a hike at the lovely Mt. San Jacinto State Park or a few holes at The Golf at Escena Palm Springs. If it's culture you're after, then look no further than the Palm Springs Art Museum for some modern/contemporary and traditional art -- it boasts pieces from Warhol, Ansel Adams, Lichtenstein, Picasso, Henry Moore, and tons of others. Or take in some history and architecture at The Honeymoon House (Elvis)-- it's where Elvis and Priscilla Presley lived right after their wedding, and they offer several tours a day. 

Did we miss any awesome Palm Springs weekend trip must-dos? Let us know and we'll add them to our list!


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