Lulu bistro on the corner Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, California

Palm Canyon Drive

Updated by Pat Dorri on March 1 2024

Vibrant Heartbeat of Palm Springs

Address: Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA, United States

People walking along the shops of Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs
Shop till you drop in the eclectic boutique shops of Palm Canyon Drive.
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💲 Free to visit

👩‍🦽 Wheelchair accessible

🍽️ Dining options

🚽 Public Restrooms

Where can I find Palm Canyon Drive?

Palm Canyon Drive is the main thoroughfare running through the heart of Palm Springs, California.

This iconic street is framed by the stunning backdrop of the San Jacinto Mountains and lined with towering palm trees, stretching from the north to the south end of the city.

Why should I visit Palm Canyon Drive?

Palm Canyon Drive is a must-visit for its mix of boutique shops, art galleries, restaurants, and vibrant nightlife.

Whether you're shopping for unique gifts, dining al fresco, or exploring the numerous art installations, Palm Canyon Drive offers something for everyone.

It's also the site of various city events, parades, and markets throughout the year.

What are the opening hours at Palm Canyon Drive?

General opening hours

Monday - Open 24 hours

Tuesday - Open 24 hours

Wednesday - Open 24 hours

Thursday - Open 24 hours

Friday - Open 24 hours

Saturday - Open 24 hours

Sunday - Open 24 hours

Although Palm Canyon Drive is open all-day, every-day, operating hours of businesses along the drive vary.

Closures and holidays

Most shops and galleries are open from 10am to 5pm, and restaurants and bars often staying open later into the night.

For specific times check the official website, and websites for those shops or dining spots you want to head to!

Statue of former mayor Sonny Bono along the shops of Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs
Say hi to Palm Springs' former mayor Sonny Bono.

Where should I park when visiting Palm Canyon Drive?

Parking on Palm Canyon Drive includes street parking and public parking lots.

While street parking is metered, there are also free public parking lots just off the main street. Be sure to check parking restrictions.

Is Palm Canyon Drive accessible by public transportation?

Palm Canyon Drive is accessible by Palm Springs' public transport, with several bus routes serving the area.

Buses run along and across the drive, making it convenient to access all it has to offer.

When is the best time to visit Palm Canyon Drive?

The best time to visit Palm Canyon Drive is during the late afternoon and evening when the weather cools down.

The cooler months from November to April offer a more comfortable climate for exploring the area on foot.

What are the best things to see near Palm Canyon Drive?

There are plenty of great places close to Palm Canyon Drive to also explore. Here are some favorites.

  • The Palm Springs Art Museum - Visit here for the impressive collection of modern and contemporary art.
  • Indian Canyons - Just a short drive away, offering beautiful hiking trails and views.
  • The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway - Provides breath taking sights across the desert landscape.
  • Historic Tennis Club Neighborhood - Known for its charming boutique inns and historic sites.
Tourists looking at art inside the Palm Springs Art Museum
Soak up some culture at The Palm Springs Art Museum during your visit to the area.
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Common questions about Palm Canyon Drive

A visit to Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs promises a charming blend of boutique shopping, fine dining, art galleries, and cultural attractions. Here is what else you can expect here.

Is Palm Canyon Drive accessible to those with lower mobility?

✔️ Yes, sidewalks along Palm Canyon Drive are accessible for wheelchair users.

Is Palm Canyon Drive free to enter?

✔️ Yes, it's free. There is no fee to walk along Palm Canyon Drive and enjoy the atmosphere.

Is Palm Canyon Drive pet-friendly?

✔️ Yes, many areas of Palm Canyon Drive are pet-friendly.

❗ Pets may not be allowed inside all businesses, so it's best to check with individual places.

Is Palm Canyon Drive child-friendly?

✔️ Yes, Palm Canyon Drive is family-friendly.

Is Palm Canyon Drive a year-round attraction?

✔️ Yes, Palm Canyon Drive can be enjoyed throughout the year.

Are refreshments available at Palm Canyon Drive?

✔️ Yes, there are numerous restaurants, cafes, and bars along Palm Canyon Drive.

Are there restrooms at Palm Canyon Drive?

✔️ Public restrooms are available at certain points along Palm Canyon Drive.

What else is useful to know before I visit Palm Canyon Drive

Wear comfortable walking shoes as there's much to see and explore.

Also, considering Palm Springs' sunny climate, wearing sunscreen and sunglasses during the warmer months.

Cars passing through Palm Canyon Drive at sunset, Palm Springs
Palm Canyon Drive is a popular spot to head for dinner after a busy day exploring Palm Springs.
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Where to stay near Palm Canyon Drive

There are plenty of great hotel options in the Palm Springs, for all budgets, to head back to after visiting Palm Canyon Drive. Check out some of our favorites below.

  • Life House, Palm Springs - You can expect a tranquil setting, lush gardens and pool, and the most stylish, contemporary décor around, when you stay at Life House, Palm Springs.
  • The Paloma Resort - A visit to The Paloma Resort is anything but budget, with luxury surroundings, chic, retro design, and top-notch service.