Video: Trips on a Tankful—Palm Springs

This California desert hot spot is filled with dining, shopping, and entertainment, and it's a short drive from Joshua Tree National Park

If you’re in the San Diego or Los Angeles area and looking for a fuel-friendly trip away from the city, Palm Springs is the place for you. This California desert locale is filled with dining, shopping, and entertainment options, including some swanky cocktail bars formerly frequented by Hollywood stars like Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra. Plus, Palm Springs is a short drive from Joshua Tree National Park, where you can explore all of the desert’s unique ecosystems and landscapes.

Here are some of the best places for dining, lodging, entertainment, and exploring on a single-tank trip to Palm Springs:

Palm Springs RV Resort. If you’re visiting by RV, this is the perfect spot to camp out during a trip to Palm Springs.

Ingleside Inn. Visited by some of Hollywood’s biggest names, this quaint hotel is home to Melvyn’s, one of Frank Sinatra’s favorite stops in the area.

Purple Room. This supper club and cocktail lounge provides guests with live music and a fun, unique atmosphere, and was frequented by stars like Dean Martin.

Sherman’s. This award-winning sandwich shop is a can’t-miss stop in Palm Springs. It puts unique twists on classic sammies and has a delectable dessert menu.

Escape Room Palm Springs. As one of the largest escape rooms in California, your skills will be put to the test at this custom-designed Palm Springs entertainment attraction.

Shield’s Date Garden. Learn about the history and cultivation of this unique Californian crop and sample some date-infused culinary treats ranging from date bread to date milkshakes.

Joshua Tree National Park. Only a 45-minute drive from Palm Springs, this iconic park is a must-visit location. Spend a day or two exploring the park’s distinct desert ecosystems and stunning landscapes.

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