Palm Springs: Modernists in the oasis

If you’re looking for a laid-back getaway with retro charms and some of California’s most striking landscape, Palm Springs just might be the place for you. This overview from Lonely Planet’s Los Angeles, San Diego & Southern California guide, including unmissable highlights and an introduction to that famous architecture, will seal the deal.

The Rat Pack is back, baby, or at least its hangout is. In the 1950s and ’60s, Palm Springs, some 100 miles east of LA, was the swinging getaway of Sinatra, Elvis, Liberace and dozens of other stars, partying the night away in futuristic homes built just for them.