Southern California has no shortage of vacation destinations, from the big cities of Los Angeles and San Diego to theme parks like Disneyland and plenty of points in between - but one of the most popular is Palm Springs, a well-loved resort town for more than 60 years. Palm Springs is a desert town and enjoys year-round good weather, so it's a great option for a winter escape from colder temperatures.
The more common pursuits in Palm Springs include golf, hiking, and shopping - in other words, the general theme of the town is relaxation and enjoying the outdoors as much as possible. Palm Springs has a reputation as being a very gay-friendly destination, and it's also known for having several naturist resorts. There are festivals taking place in the town throughout the year, including film festivals that regularly draw the stars from nearby Hollywood.
While visitors flock to Palm Springs all year round thanks to its warm weather, the summers can get extremely hot, which makes things like golf and hiking less appealing to some. Average winter temperatures are still often 21-23°C or more, although the nights can get quite cool. Along with the weather, the festival schedule is another thing to consider when you're looking for deals on hostels in Palm Springs - you might think the August heat would drive room prices down, but there's a film festival in town every August that keeps prices higher than you might expect.
Even if your plans call for nothing more strenuous than walking to and from the pool every day, you may want to leave time for day trips into the surrounding desert. Nearby Joshua Tree National park makes an excellent day trip from Palm Springs - you can go hiking and rock climbing for the day or, if you prefer, spend a night camping in the park.