This month, we’re shining a light on picturesque Palm Springs! Located 2 hours from Los Angeles, the city is framed by the towering San Jacinto mountain range.
Driving through Palm Springs feels surreal. The streets are lined with mid-century modern architecture and overlooked by the breathtaking San Jacinto peak. There are plenty of sights to see from a Botanical Garden full of cacti to desert art installations. You need to add this desert oasis to your bucket list…
MOORTEN BOTANICAL GARDEN
Boasting more than 3000 desert cacti & plants, The Moorten Botanical Gardens is a stunning collection of plant species. Founded by Chester Moorten & his wife in 1938, it has a quaint charm about it. Passionate about botany, the couple had an impressive list of landscaping clients including Frank Sinatra and Walt Disney. Now, their son Clark Moorten runs the tourist attraction. Clark fondly recalls the phone call his father received from Walt Disney asking for help with the gardens on his “little project”. That little project later turned out to be Disneyland.
THAT PINK DOOR
If you’ve looked for house inspiration on Pinterest, there’s a high chance you’ve stumbled across a white house featuring a perfect pink door. Dubbed @thatpinkdoor, it has become a tourist attraction in Palm Springs. You can even sign up for a Palm Springs door tour! Think cruiser bikes & a whole lot of Instagram filters.
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Located about an hour out of Palm Springs, Joshua Tree National Park is mind blowing. With high desert landscapes & spectacularly large rocks, this desert treasure has to be seen to be believed. It’s dotted with bristled Joshua Trees and spans nearly 800,000 acres. Each acre as stunning as the next. People will tell you how peaceful the Park is but you won’t understand until you are standing in the natural wonder… It’s so incredibly still.
DOUG AITKEN MIRAGE HOUSE
Created by artist Doug Aitken, the Mirage House almost becomes invisible against the surrounding desert landscape.
“With every available surface clad in mirror it both absorbs and reflects the landscape,” Aitken wrote on his website.
You can walk through the empty, one-storey house, which is completely full of mirrors.“The exterior will seemingly disappear just as the interior draws the viewer into a never-ending kaleidoscope of light and reflection,” he said. It will remain in the desert for viewing until the end of October 2017.