Get that desert swing

Experience the best of California's and Nevada's desert towns on a cool fall road trip

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The Palm Springs Visitors Center (2901 N. Palm Canyon Dr.; or 760/778-8418) is a good first stop for general information, as well as for buying a map of the stars' homes ($5).


Palm Springs Art Museum. A good collection of contemporary art, housed in an airy space. Closed Mon; $13, $5 ages 6-17. 101 Museum Dr.; or 760/325-7186.

Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa. Classic desert spa retreat; also offers dining and lodging (from $195). 67-425 Two Bunch Palms Trail, Desert Hot Springs;, 800/472-4334, or 760/329-8791.


Riccio's. Classic Italian for 27 years. $$$; lunch Mon-Fri, dinner daily. 2155 N. Palm Canyon Dr.; 760/325-2369.

Zin. Modern-style American bistro with windows opening to the downtown action. $$$; dinner daily. 198 S. Palm Canyon Dr.; 760/322-6300.


Movie Colony Hotel. Designed by famed modernist architect Albert Frey in the '30s, the hotel still has star power. From $189. 726 N. Indian Canyon Dr.; or 888/953-5700.

Orbit In. Lovingly midcentury modern, with a saltwater pool. There are two options: the Hideaway (with larger grounds; from $159) and the Oasis (from $179). 562 W. Arenas Rd.; or 760/323-3585.


Palm Springs is a capital of vintage and contemporary design retailers. Here are a few of our faves.

Galaxy 500.  1007 N. Palm Canyon Dr.; 760/320-7776.

Modern Homes.  456 N. Palm Canyon Dr.; 760/320-8422.

ModernWay.  Closed Tue-Wed. 2755 N. Palm Canyon Dr.; 760/320-5455.

Palm Springs Consignment.  497 N. Indian Canyon Dr.; 760/416-0704.

Trina Turk Boutique.  891 N. Palm Canyon Dr.; 760/416-2856.


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