THE 37 BEST PLACES TO TAKE PICTURES IN PALM SPRINGS

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If you’re looking for the best places to take pictures in Palm Springs then you’re in luck because we’ve got 37 locations around the iconic town you won’t want to miss!

Palm Springs is everyone’s perfect getaway, from colorful hotels to cactus filled botanical gardens, to one of the most famous music festivals in the world, Coachella, there are so many amazing places in Palm Springs to snap photos that you’ll be booking your next trip before you know it!

And we know this is common sense, but we have to say it anyway – please keep in mind that our Photoguides include some of the coolest photo-opps in a city, some of which may be at a hotel, business, restaurant or even near a private home. If that’s the case then you may need to book a hotel room, order something at a restaurant or even arrange a shoot in advance to be able to take photos in that location. If it’s near a private home please be respectful and treat the situation like you would want to be treated if your house was an Instagrammer’s dream.

We also sometimes include locations that are museums or art installations, which keep in mind can change at their discretion – but usually they’ll replace it with something along the same vibe so you’ll still get the shot. If you don’t want to take the risk then make sure to call ahead and check to see what’s there just in case. We hope you enjoy using our Photoguides and if you love them as much as we do, please leave a comment at the end to let us know!

Parker Palm Springs

Palm Springs photo spot at the Parker Hotel
Palm Springs photo spot at the Parker Hotel
Palm Springs photo spot at the Parker Hotel
Palm Springs photo spot at the Parker Hotel

Address: 4200 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264

Coordinates: 33.79486, -116.50016

Sidewalkers: Jenn Lake | @jenniferlake + Jordan Jones | @packedparty + Julia Engel | @juliahengel + Hannah Hagler | @hannahhagler + Meg | @meg_legs

Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

Palm Springs photo spot at Coachella
Palm Springs photo spot at Coachella

Address: Empire Polo Club, 81-800 51st Ave, Indio, CA 92201, USA

Coordinates: 33.67836, -116.23718

Sidewalkers: Tezza | @tezzamb + Laurie Ferraro | @laurie_ferraro + Rebecca Laurey | @rebeccalaurey + Michelle | @cremedemichelle + Cathie Rattanakone | @darkmintdaisy

If you’re heading to Coachella this year and want to get your photo game on, you’re in the right place. When it comes to the best places to take pictures in Palm Springs, our photoguides are just what you need in your life.

The Coachella music festival starts off one of the best times of the year, as LA natives (and those traveling Sidewalkers) migrate to the desert for two weekends in the Coachella sun. Between the colorful festival grounds and day parties at the numerous pools around Palm Springs, there is an unbelievable amount of fun (and a multitude of cute Insta snaps), to be had at Coachella. 

Coachella is known for their amazing lineup and colorful art installations within the festival grounds. Although the installations change yearly, they will always make for fun backgrounds so you can get new shots each time you go!

And of course, don’t forget to snap a pic with the iconic ferris wheel which is by far everyone’s favorite shot! 

Coachella City Limit Sign

Palm Springs photo spot at the Coachella welcome sign

Address: Grapefruit Blvd & Avenue 54, Thermal, CA 92236

Coordinates: 33.65659, -116.15354

Sidewalker: Gabby Epstein | @gabbyepstein

Palm Spring photo-opps trivia time! Did you know that the Coachella city limits sign was actually made famous by Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé’s music video, ‘Feelin’ Myself’, which they reportedly filmed during the 2015 Coachella festival weekend? This just goes to show that touring the area’s Instagram spots could actually lead to your seeing some of the stars themselves! 

You May Find Some Of The Most Instagrammable Places In Palm Springs At Your Hotel!

There is no denying that Palm Springs has its own architectural and design vibe. No wonder there are so many photography spots in Palm Springs! Between the mid-century modern buildings, the stark contrast between whites and bright colors, and the beautiful hotels (and pools), Palm Springs makes the perfect weekend getaway for all Southern Californians and anyone looking for a relaxing vacation!

The number of adorable hotels to choose from may make it difficult to decide where to stay, and don’t forget about the amazing homes to rent too! It seems that every place to stay offers its own set of perks, interesting corners and delicious restaurants. Lounge by the pool with a cocktail or ride your bike through the various neighborhoods in search of the perfect colorful doorway for your next Instagram shot. 

The Saguaro

Palm Springs photo spot at the Saguaro
Palm Springs photo spot at the Saguaro
Palm Springs photo spot at the Saguaro

Address: 1800 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264

Coordinates: 33.80187, -116.52757

Sidewalkers: Whitney | @blonde_atlas + Kat | @kathleen_barnes + Jenn Lake | @jenniferlake

Indian Canyons Neighborhood

Palm Springs photo spot at the pink door
Palm Springs photo spot at the pink door

Location: Around Palm Springs.

Sidewalker: Leonie Hanne | @ohhcouture + Molly Long | @molllified

Palm Springs photo spot at the blue door
Palm Springs photo spot with the red door
Palm Springs photo spot, doorway with cactus

Location: Around Palm Springs

Sidewalkers: Leonie Hanne | @ohhcouture + Coco Tran | @darlingcoco + Ruslana Gee | @ruslanagee

Getting lost in the neighborhoods of Palm Springs is an Instagram goldmine. Between the super cute houses and iconic palm trees, you’ll always be able to find some amazing shots to share!

Ace Hotel & Swim Club

Palm Springs photo spot at the Ace Hotel, painted wall
Palm Springs photo spot at the Ace Hotel, quote sign
Palm Springs photo spot at the Ace hotel, Ace sign

Address: 701 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264

Coordinates: 33.80093, -116.54041

Sidewalkers: Coy Aune | @rcoya  + Juliana Aragon & Nicki Kukis | @julianaaragonphoto & @nicki_face + Mckenna Bleu | @mckennableu

Moorten Botanical Garden

Palm Springs photo spot at the Moorten Botanical Garden
Palm Springs photo spot at the Moorten Botanical Garden

Address: 1701 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264

Coordinates: 33.80022, -116.54616

Sidewalkers: Geneva Vanderzeil | @apairandaspare + Ravayna Coe | @ravayna

Korakia Pensione

Palm Springs photo spot at the Korakia Pensione, Leonie
Palm Springs photo spot at the Korakia Pensione, Jessi
Palm Springs photo spot at the Korakia Pensione, Jessi

Address: 257 S Patencio Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Coordinates: 33.82018, -116.55148

Sidewalkers: Leonie Hanne | @ohhcouture + Jessi Malay | @jessimalay + Brittni Pope | @brittnipope

El Paseo Drive

Palm Springs photo spot, El Paseo Drive

Address: El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260

Coordinates: 33.71982, -116.38576

Sidewalker: Angie | @thelovelyescapist

Palm Springs Sign

327 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills
327 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills

Address: Palm Springs, CA 92262

Coordinates: 33.85858, -116.55819

Sidewalker: Jen Vieira | @jenkvieira

La Quinta Resort & Club

Palm Springs photo spot at the La Quinta Resort Fountain
Palm Springs photo spot at the La Quinta resort, steps

Address: 49499 Eisenhower Dr, La Quinta, CA 92253

Coordinates: 33.68788, -116.3106

Sidewalkers: Louise Roe | @louiseroe + Jenna Caldwell Hewitt | @jenna_hewitt

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

Palm Springs photo spot at the La Quinta Resort Fountain

Address: 74-855 Country Club Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92260

Coordinates: 33.75482, -116.36148

Sidewalker: Steph Smith | @stephclairesmith

Palm Springs Air Museum

Palm Springs photo spot at the Coachella welcome sign
Palm Springs photo spot at the Coachella welcome sign

Address: 745 N Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Coordinates: 33.83252, -116.50497

Sidewalkers: Sydney Benner | @sydneybenner + Carolina | @loveandloathingla

Robolights

Palm Springs photo spot at the Coachella welcome sign

Address: 1077 E Granvia Valmonte, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Coordinates: 33.83168, -116.5354

Sidewalker: Tabitha Lipkin | @tabithalipkin

Palm Springs City Hall

Palm Springs photo spot at city hall

Address: 3200 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Coordinates: 33.82386, -116.51183

Sidewalker: Josephine | @avantkarth

The 1950’s style Palm Springs city hall is an adorable place to take one of your Palm Springs shots. With those California palms peeking out behind the back of the building, the vibe is picture perfect.

Palm Springs Visitor Center

Palm Springs photo spot at the visitor center

Address: 2901 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Coordinates: 33.85836, -116.55817

Sidewalker: Sam | @samishome

The Palm Springs Visitor’s Center doesn’t just have information on the town, but also a cute photo-opp! They may not tell you this but take it from us – the one thing often overlooked by visitors is the Palm Springs food scene. You won’t regret spending a few days visiting all of the restaurants, and there are definitely enough to keep you eating! And don’t forget to take a stroll on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars while you’re at it!

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Palm Springs photo spot at the top of the aerial tramway

Address: 1 Tram Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Coordinates: 33.83705, -116.6141

Sidewalker: Lani | @paradiselostnfound

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway was constructed in 1963, and is the world’s largest rotating tram car. While it only takes about 15 minutes to ride, it takes passengers 2.5 miles from the valley into Mt. San Jacinto State Park. From the top you can get amazing pics like this one! Pretty obvious why it makes our list of top Instagram spots in palm springs, right?

Palm Springs Art Museum

Palm Springs photo spot at the art museum

Address: 101 N Museum Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Coordinates: 33.8242, -116.54989

Sidewalker: Ann Marie Brown

Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

Palm Springs photo spot at the living desert zoo & garden

Address: 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260

Coordinates: 33.69997, -116.37441

Sidewalker: Con Dimdiman | @condimdiman

The Living Desert was started when citizens were concerned for the future and welfare of the desert ecosystem, seeing that Palm Springs was being more and more developed. This is definitely one of the most underrated photography spots in Palm Springs. 

Sunnylands Center & Gardens

Palm Springs photo spot at Frank Sinatra's residence

Address: 37977 Bob Hope Dr, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Coordinates: 33.78024, -116.4084

Sidewalker: Ann Dang | @xplorationink

Kaufmann Desert House

Palm Springs photo spot at the Kaufmann Desert House

Address: Kaufmann House, 470 W Vista Chino, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Coordinates: 33.84524, -116.55295

Sidewalker: Stella Vonsenger | @stella_vonsenger

The Kauffman house has been long regarded as one of the most important examples of architecture in the United States, displaying an impressive mix of stone and metal. While the home is private, you can see the outside and get a shot like this one from the street.

Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palm Residence

Palm Springs photo spot at Frank Sinatra's residence

Address: 1145 E Vía Colusa, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Coordinates: 33.83072, -116.53362

Sidewalker: Laura Gummer | @gummergal

And let’s not forget one of the best places to take pictures in Palm Springs – Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms estate is a property that will always be recognized for it’s distinctly Palm Springs style. Many people even believe that Sinatra himself made Palm Springs a place to be for Hollywood stars. Constructed in the 1940s, this property exudes desert style, with its mix of metal and stone mediums, and long horizontal lines. The property was home to many Hollywood parties, and all 4 of Sinatra’s wives at various times in his life. Today you can hold events on site, or book a private tour of the home!

Two Bunch Palms Hot Springs

Palm Springs photo spot at Frank Sinatra's residence

Address: 67425 Two Bunch Palms Trail, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240

Coordinates: 33.94772, -116.487

Sidewalker: Marissa Flores | @marissaaalyne

Rancho Super Car Wash

Palm Springs photo spot at the Rancho Super car wash

Address: 71490 CA-111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Coordinates: 33.74546, -116.41593

Sidewalker: Jill Wallace | @littleblackboots

It may seem a little odd to stop and take a photo at a car wash, but the pink elephant sign makes for a fun shot! Definitely worth doing it for the ‘gram.

The Westin Desert Willow Villas

Palm Springs photo spot at the Westin Desert Willow Villas

Address: 75 Willow Ridge, Palm Desert, CA 92260

Coordinates: 33.76443, -116.37168

Sidewalker: Carolina Lindo | @imnotsorrydarling

You can’t leave the desert without a few photos with cacti. Don’t worry, they’re everywhere, but you’ve got to go to the Westin Desert Willow Villas to get this specific shot!

The Most Insta-worthy Spots In Palm Springs Don’t Stop There – Nearby Attractions Are Not To Miss!

Salvation Mountain

Disneyland + California
Disneyland + California
Disneyland

Address: Beal Rd, Niland, CA 92257

Coordinates: 33.25414, -115.47264

Sidewalkers: Dani McGowan | @mermaidwaves + Liz Cherkasova | @lateafternoon + Janni Deler | @jannid 

 

Salvation Mountain may not be directly in town, but it is worth the drive! Leonard Knight has been building this wild and eccentric mountain for years, and many believe he will never officially complete the project- as the only limit is his own imagination. This colorful mountain was named a national treasure in 2002, and we can bet it’s unlike anything you’ll have seen before! When it comes to photoshoot locations in Palm Springs, this definitely is on the top of the list.

Windmills

Palm Springs photo spot at the windmills
Palm Springs photo spot at the windmills

Address: San Gorgonio Pass, California 92230

Coordinates: 33.91668, -116.75084

Sidewalkers: Cass Dimicco | @cassdimicco + Sharon Wu | @stylelullaby

A few places on the way to Coachella are definitely considered some of the best Instagram spots in Palm Springs! The windmills aren’t just great for the environment, they’re also the perfect backdrop for your next Insta, and to let your friends know that you’re on your way to the desert.

Cabazon Dinosaurs

Palm Springs photo spot at the Cabazon Dinosaurs

Address: Cabazon Dinosaurs, California 92230

Coordinates: 33.92011, -116.77284

Sidewalker: Ashley Wagner | @ashleyswagner

Next stop on your road to capture the best photos in palm springs is the Cabazon Dinosaurs! In the 1960’s, Claude K. Bell spent $300,000 and two decades crafting these enormous creatures in the middle of the desert- a brontosaurus named Dinney and a tyrannosaurus named Rex.

Joshua Tree National Park

Palm Springs photo spot in Joshua Tree National Park, Briit Savage
Palm Springs photo spot in Joshua Tree National Park, Ashley Renne

Coordinates: 33.87341, -115.90099

Sidewalkers: Brit Savage | @lifesetsail + Ashley Renne | @travellushes

When it comes to best places to take pictures in Palm Springs, Joshua Tree is an absolutely beautiful place to stop while at Coachella. You may need a bit more time to see the park (it’s quite vast) but the scenery is unbeatable. The desert is a great place to see the sunrise or sunset and if you stay for the stars- you won’t regret it!

Airstream

Palm Springs photo spot at the airstream
Palm Springs photo spot at the airstream

Address: Joshua Tree Acres, Yucca Valley, California, 92284

Sidewalker: Anais Tori | @mynextwanderlust

One of the newest accommodation options on the scene is the picturesque airstream within Joshua Tree national park! Staying in one of these airstream homes can be a great alternative to camping- it can get you outdoors without forcing you to give up your basic necessities aka glamping at its finest! We’ve heard that the Joshua Tree Acres airstreams are a great alternative to the traditional Palm Springs hotel and definitely Insta-worthy. 

Desert X

Palm Springs photo spot at the black and white desert X wall
Palm Springs photo spot at the black and white desert X wall