Cruise up to Palm Springs’ popular downtown spots on two-wheels. The city’s flat, well-maintained roads make for short and sweet bike rides, including a 3-mile loop that bypasses the traffic. (See bike rental information below.) At Palm Canyon and Tahquitz Canyon Way, snap down the kickstand to gawk at the 26-foot-tall sculpture of Marilyn Monroe, whose white dress is forever billowing. Just one street over is the Palm Springs Art Museum. (On exhibit until April 6 is “Secrets of the Sun: Stephen H. Willard Photographs of the West.”) At the midpoint, take a short detour off the loop to refuel at Lulu
(200 S. Palm Canyon Dr.), a new open-air California bistro with a 12-hour happy hour (that’s not a typo!). The end of the ride comes quickly, but for those who want to keep going, Tahquitz Bikeway offers additional miles. Soaring parallel palm trees line this road (pictured) in iconic Palm Springs style.
STAY: Inspired by the colors of the flowers that grow in the local desert, The Saguaro (1800 E. Palm Canyon Dr.) is saturated in off-the-wall color: pinks, greens, blues, purples. The vibe here is as bold and fun as the hues. The Saguaro loans out cruiser bikes for free and offers complimentary yoga every morning. But best of all is the poolside bar.
Check out a map of the Downtown Palm Springs Bike Loop. Tahquitz Bikeway begins at the Palm Springs Art Museum and extends east for 3.5 miles. Bike Palm Springs (194 S. Indian Canyon Dr.) offers an array of bike rental options, from mountain bikes to cruisers to tandems. A standard bike costs $20/half-day or $25/full day. The Saguaro is dog friendly!