Basking in the sun for an average of 350 days a year, Palm Springs in southern California offers a one-stop getaway for near-guaranteed good weather. Escape the winter here, and you’ll be following the lead of Frank Sinatra and fellow Rat Pack stars, as well as more recent visitors who have rediscovered its mid-century modem architecture. Sights in this compact city include Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s honeymoon home, and the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway up into the pine-clad mountains. End a day with upscale comfort food at modernist Trio, or cocktails and pizza at the fabulous indoor-outdoor Birba.
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Air Canada, American Airlines, BA, Delta, United, Virgin Atlantic and WestJet fly non-direct to Palm Springs from the UK. Los Angeles is two hours’ drive away. The Saguaro Palm Springs is a mid-century hotel brought up to date with the hot colours of desert wildflowers and a generous pool deck.