Palm Springs is 108 miles east of Los Angeles on Interstate 10. Exit on California 111. Allow two hours with no traffic, four hours in heavy traffic.
WHERE TO STAY:
Hotel Zoso, 150 S. Indian Canyon Drive; (760) 325-9676, http://www.hotelzoso.com . Doubles $149-$169 in March, lower in April and May. Discount rates are often available on http://www.palmsprings.com .
Parker Palm Springs, 4200 E. Palm Canyon Drive; (760) 770-5000, http://www.theparkerpalmsprings.com . Rooms from $399.
WHERE TO EAT:
Mister Parker's, see Parker Palm Springs hotel. Main courses $28-$42.
Tyler's, 149 S. Indian Canyon Drive; (760) 325-2990. Hamburgers $5.50.
Copley's on Palm Canyon, 621 N. Palm Canyon Drive; (760) 327-9555. Main dishes $24-$34.
More Than a Mouthful Café, 134 E. Tahquitz Canyon Drive; (760) 322-3776. Main dishes $5.75-$13.50.
WHERE TO GO:
Tahquitz Canyon, 500 W. Mesquite Ave.; (760) 416-7044, http://www.tahquitzcanyon.com . Guided tours led by rangers last 2 1/2 hours, departing at 8 and 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. (less frequently in hot weather). $12.50 per person. Self-guided hikes are the same price.
Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 Museum Drive; (760) 325-7186, http://www.psmuseum.org . "Contemporary Desert Photography" exhibit runs through next Sunday. Closed Mondays. $12.50, $10.50 seniors, $5 students.
Taking of the Waters, Spa Resort Casino, 100 N. Indian Canyon Drive; (760) 778-1772, http://www.sparesortcasino.com . This spa package includes allday use of the resort's pools and fitness center. $35. Taking of the Waters is not available on Saturdays unless the offer is combined with another spa package.