Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Vacations

Palm Springs

Palm Springs

Your gay Palm Springs vacation

Just a two- or three-hour drive from L.A., Palm Springs has been a queer getaway as early as the 1930s, when Hollywood stars came here to live their lifestyles far from prying eyes. Together with sister cities Cathedral City, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta and Rancho Mirage, it lines the Coachella Valley, bordering the Mojave Desert and fortressed by the towering San Jacinto Mountains. But most LGBT travelers come to this desert oasis to simply bask in the warmth by a swimming pool. Pack a canteen and explore canyon trails with the kids, or show off your dance moves until the wee hours of the morning. But one thing remains the same: Perfect weather is a sure thing in Palm Springs.

Featured LGBT-Welcoming Hotel

  • Welcome to the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, host to the 2014 White Party and International Bear Convergence. This amazing property with top rate accommodations, upscale amenities, 410 guestrooms with 155 one and two bedroom suites, culinary excellence of DATE Restaurant and hip new ROCKS lobby lounge and bar. The hotel offers the largest pool in Palm Springs surrounded by relaxing lounge areas, grand fire-pits, private cabanas and outdoor dining.   Within walking distance to downtown Palm Springs with night life and entertainment.    Entertainment for all ages, with a wide array of indoor and outdoor activities.   Live desert concert and theater performances. Downtown Palm Springs is lined with boutique shops and art galleries.  There are more than 69 championship golf courses.   Dine in world-class restaurants; walk to nearby Indian Gaming Casinos.  This prime destination, blessed with gorgeous weather and rich in history is a favorite of traveler’s from all over the world.

Featured Hotels

LGBT-welcoming Palm Springs hotels

From $109

Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel

4 stars
4.1 / 5 133 reviews

Palm Springs, California

Host hotel to the 2014 White Party and International Bear Convergence, relax at the largest pool in Palm Springs surrounded by relaxing lounge areas, grand fire-pits, private cabanas and outdoor dining. Within walking distance to downtown Palm Springs with night life and entertainment. More

The Horizon Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 9 reviews

Palm Springs, California

Architecturally Significant in a Secluded Desert Setting Designed in 1952 by architect William Cody, this restored historic hotel offers upscale and spacious accommodations in a secluded setting amongst a dramatic Mt. San Jacinto backdrop. The bungalow- style hotel sits on over two acres and includes 24 modern... More

From $119

The Westin Desert Willow Villas, Palm Desert

4 stars
4.3 / 5 34 reviews

Palm Desert, California

Save 10% on your stay

Your villa is perfectly positioned near the desert, Santa Rosa Mountains and Joshua Tree National Park. Explore the area by foot, mountain bike, or on horseback. For a fresh perspective, take a hot air balloon or tram to new heights. This all-villa, desert retreat is surrounded by lush golf courses and offers an array of... More

From $92

Riviera Palm Springs A Noble House Resort

4 stars
3.6 / 5 156 reviews

Palm Springs, California

Save 10% on your stay

Chic, glamorous hotel evokes the feeling of 1960s Palm Springs Riviera Palm Springs A Noble House Resort is a luxurious center of ultra-chic cool. The iconic resort underwent an extensive, $70 million renovation that resulted in sumptuous rooms, outdoor fire pits, tented pool, gardens and Thai-inspired spa. The... More

From $119

The Westin Mission Hills Resort Villas, Palm Springs

4 stars
4.1 / 5 81 reviews

Rancho Mirage, California

Award winning villa resort with a large spa and wellness center Westin Mission Hills Resort Villas is a great choice for travelers who dream of a sun-splashed golf vacation. The villa resort is adjacent to a pair of 18-hole courses named for PGA pros Pete Dye and Gary Player. The hotel boasts newly refurbished guest... More

From $117

La Dolce Vita Resort and Spa - A Gay Men's Resort

4 stars
4.8 / 5 3 reviews

Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs, California; This beautiful Gay Men's resort hotel and spa consists of twenty elegant accommodations and a full service day spa on an acre of land in central Palm Springs. It is surrounded by desert and tropical landscapes with magnificent mountain views in a clothing optional environment. Of the variety of... More

From $289

Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

4 stars
3.8 / 5 16 reviews

Palm Springs, California

Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs is a boutique hotel offering sophistication and fun, with a cool, laid back attitude just steps away from fabled Palm Canyon Drive in the heart of downtown Palm Springs! Enjoy stylish rooms, a relaxing spa, buzzing pool scene, and amazing dining at Simon Kitchen + Bar, the latest restaurant... More

From $56

The Curve Palm Springs Hotel

3 stars
3.2 / 5 59 reviews

Palm Springs, California

Stylish Palm Springs hotel with mountain viewsThe Curve Palm Springs Hotel offers modern accommodations, up-to-date facilities and breathtaking mountain views. Situated close to downtown Palm Springs, The Curve is an ideal retreat for business and leisure travelers who want to enjoy the best of the... More

From $122

Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa

4 stars
4.0 / 5 59 reviews

Indian Wells, California

Reawaken your sense of wonder at our stunning Indian Wells resort. Set against the Santa Rosa Mountains at the foothills of Palm Springs' Coachella Valley, the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa creates an atmosphere of luxury and relaxation unmatched anwhere in Indian Wells or Palm Springs. Enjoy rejuvenating spa... More

From $169

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

4 stars
4.2 / 5 68 reviews

Palm Desert, California

Rate includes breakfast

Palm Desert mountain area resort/spa/convention complex on 450 acres When visitors walk the palm-lined path into JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa's newly refurbished lobby, they know they're in for a treat. A distinctive lobby bar welcomes guests with a backdrop of cascading water, a Starbucks and a sushi bar.... More

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Best in Stay

LGBT Best in Stay Palm Springs hotels

The Horizon Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 9 reviews

Palm Springs, California

Architecturally Significant in a Secluded Desert Setting Designed in 1952 by architect William Cody, this restored historic hotel offers upscale and spacious accommodations in a secluded setting amongst a dramatic Mt. San Jacinto backdrop. The bungalow- style hotel sits on over two acres and includes 24 modern... More

From $119

Ace Hotel and Swim Club

4 stars
3.8 / 5 111 reviews

Palm Springs, California

Stay 3 nights, Save 20%

HighlightsChic hotel offers funky decor and spa services in Palm SpringsAce Hotel and Swim Club is built on the foundation of a 1965 Howard Johnson hotel and the property has been revamped to maintain the 1960s era charm. Funky, edgy decor creates a distinctive look, and rooms combine well-worn leather couches with... More

From $119

Viceroy Palm Springs

4 stars
3.8 / 5 45 reviews

Palm Springs, California

Save 25% on your stay, Food/Bev, Spa & Resort Fee

Distinctive, elegant Palm Springs resort and spa offers style and luxury Designed in a modern interpretation of Regency style, Viceroy Palm Springs features artistically manicured grounds, private villas and exquisite pool areas. The resort's stylish decor pairs sleek furnishings with classic sculpture and mixes bright... More

From $92

Riviera Palm Springs A Noble House Resort

4 stars
3.6 / 5 156 reviews

Palm Springs, California

Save 10% on your stay

Chic, glamorous hotel evokes the feeling of 1960s Palm Springs Riviera Palm Springs A Noble House Resort is a luxurious center of ultra-chic cool. The iconic resort underwent an extensive, $70 million renovation that resulted in sumptuous rooms, outdoor fire pits, tented pool, gardens and Thai-inspired spa. The... More

From $159

Colony Palms Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 52 reviews

Palm Springs, California

Elegant, chic luxury spa and resort close to downtown Palm Springs Chic and elegant, Colony Palms Hotel offers a distinctive spa experience in a historic space. Once owned by a reputed mobster in the 1930s, the extensively renovated hotel now boasts stunningly decorated rooms with luxurious furnishings and abundant... More

From $109

Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel

4 stars
4.1 / 5 133 reviews

Palm Springs, California

Rate includes breakfast

Host hotel to the 2014 White Party and International Bear Convergence, relax at the largest pool in Palm Springs surrounded by relaxing lounge areas, grand fire-pits, private cabanas and outdoor dining. Within walking distance to downtown Palm Springs with night life and entertainment. More

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Flights
Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
San Francisco Palm Springs Sat, Dec 6 - Wed, Dec 10 $133
Minneapolis Palm Springs Sun, Dec 7 - Fri, Dec 12 $237
Seattle Palm Springs Tue, Dec 23 - Wed, Dec 24 $232
Portland Palm Springs Mon, Dec 15 - Tue, Jan 6 $188
Chicago Palm Springs Wed, Dec 10 - Sun, Dec 14 $335
New York Palm Springs Wed, Dec 10 - Mon, Dec 15 $346
Newark Palm Springs Mon, Jan 19 - Thu, Jan 22 $338
Denver Palm Springs Thu, Nov 27 - Thu, Dec 4 $145
Sacramento Palm Springs Sun, Dec 7 - Mon, Dec 8 $220
Philadelphia Palm Springs Wed, Dec 10 - Mon, Dec 15 $396
Detroit Palm Springs Mon, Dec 15 - Wed, Dec 31 $412
Boston Palm Springs Thu, Jan 8 - Tue, Jan 20 $380
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Palm Springs highlights

  • Downtown Springs

    The downtown of Palm Springs still retains a lot of its original charm, with art galleries and chic shops and restaurants lining the main drag of North Palm Canyon Drive.

    LGBT Palm Springs

    Palm Springs also enjoys one of the highest gay populations per capita in the U.S. The town is home to a good selection of LGBT bars and businesses, the bulk of them found on the "gay block" of Arenas Road near Indian Canyon Drive.

    Plenty of parties

    And don't forget the town's major LGBT parties, including the enormous lesbian circuit event, The Dinah, in late March, with crazy pool parties and dancing all night long. For guys, there's the White Party at the city's convention center -- with outdoor parties as well -- in early April.

    Year-round events

     May brings a local gay rodeo, and Palm Springs Pride is in November. The Gay and Lesbian Tennis Association Palm Springs Open also takes place in November. The town is well known for its many film festivals, including the celebrity-studded Palm Springs International Film Festival in early January, and the LGBT fest Cinema Diverse in September.

    Mid-century modern sights

    And architect buffs should plan ahead for February's 11-day Modernism Week, showcasing Palm Springs' stunning collection of Mid-century Modern homes and buildings.

    Mother nature

    Wide-open nature and weather are a major draw for the Palm Springs area, which enjoys over 360 sun-filled days a year. About a 45-minute drive from downtown P.S. is the mystical and monumental Joshua Tree National Park.

Insider tips for Palm Springs gay travel

  • Fly direct

    It's worth a few more bucks to fly directly into Palm Springs airport, which has many direct flights from across the U.S. and Canada. There's also the Ontario Airport, about an hour away from Palm Springs.

    Opt for a rental car

    Many out-of-state visitors make the mistake of not renting a car, but you'll miss the nightlife and the natural attractions in the area. Public transport is good, but the spread-out area is not really walkable.

    Summer has lower rates

    Although Palm Springs is becoming something of a year-round destination, room rates are lower in the summer when temperatures can easily top 100 degrees.

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