While most of southern California hits its high season, Palm Springs stands apart: prices plummet as temperatures rise. It’s only about two hours from Los Angeles, but the climate is very different; summer days in the Coachella Valley desert usually surpass 105 degrees.
It may be too hot for activities like golf or hiking, but some travelers prefer Palm Springs during this time of year. There’s something appealing -- and very relaxing -- about being in a place where lounging by the pool is one of your only options, and it helps that Palm Springs has some of the nicest ones in southern California. Couple that with surprisingly reasonable rates at luxurious resorts, and Palm Springs is a great choice for a summer weekend.
Travelzoo Tip: When it really gets hot, head to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is the largest rotating tram in the world. The 12-minute, air conditioned ride passes up the sheerest mountain face in the country before arriving in an alpine forest. It’s often 40 degrees cooler there than down in the valley.
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