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How Palm Springs Locals Stay Cool In The Summer

We are nearing the end of July and there is no denying that the Coachella Valley is scorching HOT. The homes here are built to handle the heat – but that doesn’t mean we have to stay inside all summer! With weeks of triple-digit temps and sunny skies still in the forecast, we found 6 ways to cool off right here in the desert. 

1) Hit the trails at sunrise. Temperatures are typically coolest, lower than 80 degrees, at sunrise. So if you’re looking to get in an outdoor workout – hit the trails early! Our favorite sunrise view can be found at Araby Trail – a 4.1 mile hike that will take you right past Bob Hope’s house

2) Taste a world famous date shake from Lappert’s Ice Cream, or better yet, try our personal favorite: The Dole Whip Float. It’s a refreshing treat sure to cool you down after exploring the local shops on Palm Canyon Drive.

Palm Springs Aerial Tram 3) Take A Trip On The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway – The world’s largest rotating tramcar will take you on a 10-minute journey up the San Jacinto Mountains where you’ll find temperatures 30 degrees cooler than on the desert floor. At 8,516 feet you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the Coachella Valley from their observation deck. From there, you can explore over 50 miles of hiking trails, a natural history museum, two restaurants and a cocktail lounge! 

La Quinta Resort 4) Go For A Swim at one of the many resorts in the Coachella Valley. Rent a private cabana with your friends at the La Quinta Resort & Club to stave off the heat in style. Their 41 pools boast stunning mountain backdrops and signature cocktails we can’t get enough of. Need a way to stay cool with the whole family? Head to the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa to check their brand new water park! The resort boasts a lazy river, splash pad and the tallest waterslide in the Coachella Valley.

5) Escape Reality At A Local Movie Theater. Feel like getting out of the house for a few hours but don’t want to be in the sun? You can check out the latest blockbuster at Mary Pickford’s or step back in time with classic favorites at Camelot Theatre

Palm Springs Air Museum 6) Visit A Local Museum. Fill up your weekend calendar this summer with over a dozen museums in the Greater Palm Springs Area. Have an afternoon of art and culture at the Palm Springs Art Museum or if history is more your style – head to the Palm Springs Air Museum. Not only can you learn about the aircrafts of World War II, Korea and the Vietnam Wars – but you can take a flight in one too!

The Coachella Valley is increasingly becoming a year-round destination for residents and visitors. As the area continues to expand, so do the options for entertainment in the hot summer season! If you want to stay cool year-round from the comfort of your home – head to to explore all of the local homes with pools, spas, central air, and more! 

Photo Credit: Lappert’s Ice Cream, Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, La Quinta Resort, Palm Springs Air Museum, Hyatt Regency

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