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The Ultimate Photography Guide to Palm Springs

The Ultimate Photography Guide to Palm Springs

If you’ve been following me then you know my love for Palm Springs runs deep. I feel so fortunate to live only 2 hours away from this charming and unique town and need to get here more often. Palm Springs is so aesthetically pleasing and picturesque that you’ll be stopping for photos every two minutes. That’s why I’ve created the Ultimate Photography Guide to Palm Springs in order to make your trip to the desert easier and streamlined.

The Pink Door + Mid-Century Door Tour

the pink door house in palm springsThis house is so famous it has it’s own Instagram account. Along with this one, there are tons of alternate colorful doors in this neighborhood and houses that look like they belong in a vintage Hollywood film. It’s best to drive around at your own pace so you can check them all out. Each one has its own flair!

mid century home in palm springs


Located off of East Palm Canyon Drive.

The Sands Hotel & Spathe pink cabana restaurant palm springs



This boutique hotel is new and noteworthy. Morrocan inspired vibes adorn every corner and in each corner, there is a new photo opportunity awaiting, literally. The hotel’s restaurant, The Pink Cabana, is a major interior design goal along with serving great brunch albeit a little expensive. You can’t miss this hot spot!

It is located 25 minutes from downtown Palm Springs but no doubt, it’s worth it.

Located at 44-985 Province Way, Indian Wells, CA 92210

The Parker Hotelinterior of the parker hotel in palm springs


Photo Credit Taylor Crary

Chic, indie, and hip all embody the vibe at the Parker. It was designed by Jonathan Adler who is famous for his American glamour style. This hotel is most famously known for the giant white patterned wall that broke the internet. Unfortunately, the hotel does not allow anyone to shoot with a DSLR camera so you will have to settle for iPhone photos. Unless you want to fork up $2500 for a permit!

Located at 4200 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264

The Saguaro Hotelsaguaro hotel in palm springsSaguaro Hotel in palm springs

Photo Credit Taylor Crary

The rainbow of colors this hotel exudes and the mountain backdrop make this hotel a photographer’s dream. The pool is the best way to capture these beautiful colors with a cocktail in hand of course!

Located at 1800 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264

Moorten Botanical Garden

moorten botanical garden cactarium


The world’s first Cactarium is probably the coolest thing I’ve seen all year. This garden is so cute and perfect for tons of photo ops. It costs $5 to enter and you can explore the entire place in less than an hour. They have tons of plants and succulents to shop as well. We picked up some tiny ones for the house that were $1.25 each. I love a good deal!


Located at 1701 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264

Hotel California

hotel california in palm springs


This boutique hotel has such a cute exterior, it’s perfect for shooting photos. Unfortunately, this is not the iconic Hotel California made famous by The Eagles, that one is located in Baja, Mexico. But this one is way cuter, trust!

Located at 424 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264

S Yosemite Street

mid century home in palm springs

Just outside of Palm Springs and around the corner from the Pink Door house this street has breathtaking views of the mountains and even more beautiful mid-century homes if you can believe it! Almost every street is lined with Palm Trees and all the homes have beautiful landscaping.

Located off of S Calle Pallo Fierro

Palm Springs Sign

girl in white dress in front of palm springs sign at sunset


This sign is located at the Visitor Center in Palm Springs and it’s the perfect place to snap a picture with the overgrown bougainvillea and San Jacinto mountains in the background. It’s super easy to get to, rarely busy, and you can park in the Visitors Center for free.

Located at the Visitor Center in Palm Springs, CA 92262

The Colony Palms Hotel

pool at colony palms hotel

This iconic hotel dates all the way back to 1936 and the old Hollywood charm makes this place a perfect getaway. It’s Spanish architecture and picturesque pool views make this hotel super photogenic. It’s super close to downtown but still feels tucked away like a little oasis! For more information check the hotel out here.

Located at 572 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Salvation Mountain

girl in front of salvation mountain an art installation in california

A man-made structure dedicated to God an hour outside of Palm Springs. Artist Leonard Knight used half a million gallons of paint to express his love for God. It’s a unique piece of art surrounded by other art sculptures in Slab City.

Travel Tip: It’s free to enter they accept donations only. It’s in the middle of nowhere California so be prepared for that. It’s best to get here in the morning when it’s not busy and a little cooler.

Located at Beal Rd, Calipatria, CA 92233

I hope you enjoyed my Ultimate Photography Guide of Palm Springs. Head here for more of my California Guides. And if you’re heading to the desert soon, take me with you please?

I’d love to hear which spot is your favorite, comment below!

XO, Courtney

PS The Saguaro + The Parker pictures were taken by the wildly creative Taylor Crary from A Taylored Approach — check out her blog for her wonderful artistic eye!

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  • Reply Jenni

    It looks so beautiful in Palm Springs! These photos are fab too! 😍

    December 19, 2019 at 9:20 am
  • Reply Taylor Deer

    I’m dying to get to Palm Springs. It’s so cute! This is a great photo guide Courtney! πŸ™‚

    December 19, 2019 at 10:01 am
    • Reply Courtney Delfino

      You will love it! So relaxing and chill

      December 22, 2019 at 5:22 pm
  • Reply World of Lina

    Oh all those spots look really photogenic!

    December 20, 2019 at 9:16 am
    • Reply Courtney Delfino

      It’s such a photogenic city!

      December 22, 2019 at 5:22 pm
  • Reply Charu Goyal

    I love how beautiful the hotels are there! Such a great list of photography spots 😍

    April 11, 2020 at 11:34 am
  • Reply travelbycarlavianna

    Palm Springs is so colorful and photogenic! I’ve never been!

    April 11, 2020 at 4:06 pm
    • Reply Courtney Delfino

      You have to go! You would love it 🀍

      April 11, 2020 at 7:57 pm
  • Reply Linnea

    Love this guide! Palm Springs is stunning I need to go to the Moorten Botanical Garden on my next visit.

    April 11, 2020 at 4:33 pm
    • Reply Courtney Delfino

      Thanks so much! The botanical garden is awesome

      April 11, 2020 at 7:57 pm

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