Why: Hiking, spa- and gay-friendly resorts and star-gazing tours in the dessert. The city is not short on all different sorts of entertainment, from water fun to dining to the arts.
To do: Take a heart-stopping 10-minute ride aboard the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the world’s largest rotating tram car, which takes you up the cliffs of Chino Canyon. Take it a step further and book a reservation for dinner 8,500 feet in the air! Then drive to Joshua Tree National Park, hike and end with a massage or thermal soak at the Desert Hot Springs.
Stay: Accommodations are as varied as the landscape. Palm Springs has LBGT hot spots, mid-sized hotels and resorts, boutique hotels and condo rentals for as low as $112/night.