TRAVEL Palm Springs, Cal­i­for­nia.

5 REA­SONS TO VISIT GREATER PALM SPRINGS

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First ris­ing to promi­nence as “Hol­ly­wood’s Play­ground” in the 1930s – a time when movie con­tracts stip­u­lated stars could only travel a max­i­mum of two hours away from Hol­ly­wood while shoot­ing – this sun-drenched desert oa­sis is now en­joy­ing a re­turn to its glory days.

Many come to Greater Palm Springs for the famed mid-cen­tury ar­chi­tec­ture or the see-and-be-seen par­ties, while oth­ers ar­rive keen to com­mune with na­ture, buy de­signer la­bels, or soak up the am­bi­ence at a mu­sic fes­ti­val. What­ever your rea­son, don’t just join the lux­ury-lovers and fun-seek­ers – lead them. Dil­vin Yasa

Stake out a plum pool­side po­si­tion at the hottest ho­tel on the scene, AR­RIVE. All 32 rooms are a study in mod­ern com­fort and cool; ar­rive­ho­tels.com.

Dis­cover what makes Palm Springs the mecca for mid-cen­tury ar­chi­tec­ture (and a home away from home for Hol­ly­wood’s elite) with a MOD SQUAD TOUR; psmod­squad.com.

Whether you’re here for the in­dul­gent lob­ster and caviar frit­tata or to In­sta­gram ev­ery back­drop, a table at NORMA’S is key; thep­ark­er­palm­springs.com.

Hike through JOSHUA TREE NA­TIONAL PARK, a vis­ual feast of rugged rock for­ma­tions and cac­tus-lined plains; nps.gov/jotr.

Save your bag­gage al­lowance for a trip to DESERT HILLS PRE­MIUM OUT­LETS and score de­signer goods at heav­ily dis­counted prices; pre­mi­u­mout­lets.com.

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