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My Town: Palm Springs

When you’re visiting a city for the first time, there’s nothing better than getting tips from a local beyond the usual guide book suggestions!

We asked Joyce Kiehl, communications director at Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau, for her insider scoop on Palm Springs including where to eat, drink and play.

Palm Springs

Golf is a popular pastime in Palm Springs


Norma’s – This diner at the Parker Palm Springs attracts A-list celebrities and taste-makers. It’s headed up by executive chef Herve Glin and serves up breakfast, brunch, lunch and a night menu. Dine on the porch and soak up the Parker’s whimsical gardens.


The Ace Hotel – The Amigo Room at The Ace Hotel serves up artisanal cocktails and craft beers in a cool, cavernous space. The drinks mix spirits from quality micro-distilleries with fresh juices, infusions and homemade syrups.


FootGolf – There are more than 100 golf courses in Palm Springs, but if traditional golf isn’t your thing, FootGolf is a fun new sport combining soccer and golf.

Coachella Valley Preserve

Hike through unique scenery in the Coachella Valley Preserve (Image: Getty)

Day Trip

Coachella Valley Preserve – Located 15 kilometres east of Palm Springs near Thousand Palms, this valley is home to 40 kilometres of hiking trails.

Secret Tip

Insider info – Sneak into Bootlegger Tiki, a speakeasy bar, for a kitschy, throwback experience.

Visit your local Flight Centre store or call 131 600 for more advice and the latest deals on travelling to Palm Springs.