You’ve come to Palm Springs for fun, relaxation and tons of pool time. But without a picturesque Instagram feed, were you even here at all? To help you maximize your vacation, we’ve already located the most Instagram-able spots in the desert, so you can spend less time searching and more time slaying. Grab your selfie sticks and get going.
Saguaro Palm Springs: What happens when an old Holiday Inn has a tryst with the Pantone color chart? You get this vibrant, rainbow-saturated baby. The color palette makes for instant whimsy and joy. Tip: Step inside the lobby to find large, metal panels as bright as Mike and Ike candies, the perfect backdrop for fashion snaps.
Welcome sign: Nothing says welcome to Palm Springs like, well, the “Welcome to Palm Springs” sign. This classic sign, located on Indian Canyon Drive on the way into town, has been featured on postcards for decades. Tip: Take a right on Tramview Road to park a safe distance from the main road.
Cabazon dinosaurs: It’s just a quick, 20-minute drive west of Palm Springs to this quirky roadside attraction. Built in the 1960s, Cabazon’s enormous concrete dinosaurs are most famous for a cameo in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. Tip: Pay admission to visit the top of the three-story T-Rex for an excellent photo op.
Moorten Botanical Garden: An estate-turned-botanical garden, this Palm Springs landmark features incredible cacti from around the world. Tip: Make sure you have plenty of space available on your phone, because the golden light in the cactarium is perfection.
That Pink Door: How did the bubblegum pink door at 1100 Sierra Way become the most photographed residential door in the city? No idea. But there’s no arguing with the zeitgeist, especially when it’s so darn pretty. Tip: Don’t forget to hashtag #ThatPinkDoor.
Windmills: Sure, wind farms are a source of clean energy, but they’re also surprisingly lovely. The wind power farm off Interstate 10 is particularly picturesque, thanks to the nearby mountains. Tip: Sunset is best for photos, as the sun creates a stark silhouette of the turbines in the mountain pass. To get up close, park at the Amtrak train station on Palm Canyon Drive.
Kaufmann Desert House: This 1946 tour de force by Richard Neutra is a defining piece of desert architecture and one of the country’s most significant midcentury designs. It’ll impress every design geek you know. Tip: Located at 470 Vista Chino, only a portion of the house is visible from the road, but it’s enough to see the building’s dramatic lines.
The Pioneertown Post Office: Originally built as a movie set for Western films in the 1940s, Pioneertown is now a legitimate town. The post office actually operates, even though it looks like Billy the Kid could stop by to rustle up some stamps. Tip: At 2:30 p.m. every Saturday, April through October, re-enactors hold a free Wild West show on Mane Street.