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Get to know Palm Springs (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Palm Springs. To help you make friends with Palm Springs before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Nestled in the Coachella Valley, Palm Springs, California, USA, is a beautiful, classy, desert town. You will be welcomed into this city with palm trees lining the roads, mountain views, and year-round heat.

If you don't plan to drive to Palm Springs (which is easy to get to with four nearby highways), check out their Amtrak station options for ways to get around. The Amtrak train makes stops in Palm Springs several times a week, and the Greyhound Bus Lines make stops at the Palm Springs Amtrak station as well. To get around within the town, you can enjoy the Aerial Tramway for scenic views and unique transportation.

Hostels in Palm Springs, California, USA will be difficult to find. Cheaper accommodation is typically found close to the neighboring town of Thousand Palms, and you can also often find a good deal in Cathedral City. As you get closer to Los Angeles, hostels become more abundant. If you can't find a place to stay within Palm Springs, pick a hostel east of there and take a short commute.

Due to the location of Palm Springs in regard to Los Angeles and Hollywood, this has been a longtime getaway destination of the stars. As such, recreation such as tennis, horseback riding, and golf are offered. If you're looking for less expensive, more rustic activities, you can take some of the hiking trails in the hills and mountains. Be warned, however, that because this is a desert, the temperatures can get high and the mountains don't have enough vegetation to provide shade. If you go for a walk, take sunscreen and lots of water!

The city of Palm Springs is heavy into the arts and ways to celebrate it. Two star-studded film festivals are held each year. There's a multitude of museums as well as public art pieces scattered across the city. And no matter what time of year you visit Palm Springs, you may just find yourself attending a parade, festival, or another cultural event.

Written by local enthusiast for Palm Springs hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Palm Springs hostels Jessica Lippe

Your Packing List for Palm Springs

Your Packing List for Palm Springs

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Palm Springs and USA.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

Get your full Packing List here

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San Clemente (108 Km / 67 mi.)
Anaheim (126 Km / 79 mi.)
San Diego (136 Km / 85 mi.)
La Paz (143 Km / 89 mi.)

Travel Tips for Palm Springs - from the Community

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