As summer is coming to an end, my family and I wanted to take one last vacation before school starts up again. Palm Springs is only about an hour and a half away from home, so we decided it would be perfect for a short and easy getaway. We stayed at a beautiful Airbnb in Vintage Palms. Airbnbs are great because they offer larger spaces than the traditional hotel room to fit our big family, and this one had a private pool!
We spent most of our first day at Wet N Wild, a waterpark less than 15 minutes from our Airbnb. Since we went during the week, there were no lines and my sisters and I were able to go on every slide in a couple of hours. We spent the rest of the time floating down the lazy river and over ripples in the wave pool. I was able to take my phone with me everywhere by using this waterproof case. It's perfect for taking pictures at water parks, beaches, or in the pool. It even works underwater!
We spent the next day exploring Palm Springs and the nearby city of Cabazon. If you're ever here during the summer, I would suggest getting out early to see as much as possible before it becomes too hot. We were out of the house by 8:30 and it was already 85! Our first stop? The famous Cabazon Dinosaurs.
We arrived a little after nine when the museum had just opened (I didn't even know they had one!) You don't have to pay to see the two large dinosaurs pictured above, but the museum has even more and the tickets were only $10 for adults, so we thought why not! You walk through the entrance and then along a dirt path outdoors to see different dinosaurs and even some abnormally large frogs and tortoises behind a short fence, kind of like an inanimate zoo. I was surprised because I thought Cabazon Dinosaurs only consisted of the two dinos you always see on Instagram, but there's so much more! At the end, you can walk up the stairs inside the large T-Rex and sit in his mouth which was surprisingly much cooler than outside.
While in Palm Springs, we visited two restaurants both in downtown. The first night we had dinner at Kalura Trattoria. I highly recommend this restaurant if you love Italian food. The angel hair pasta I ate was so good and the cheese in the mozzarella sticks was the best I've ever had! It's a small restaurant with minimal seating inside, but there's also patio seating outside and an outside bar from which you can view the mountains. Great for a cooler night!
On our last day, we went to Lulu right down the street from Kalura Trattoria for breakfast. Their blueberry pancakes are delicious and the restaurant is even cuter! The powder blue barstools and bold chandeliers bring color to the entire establishment while pictures of Marilyn Monroe and Lucille Ball give it a vintage feel. If you're ever in Palm Springs, I highly recommend you try these restaurants, or simply visit downtown! There are so many more restaurants to try as well as high end and boutique shopping.
What was your favorite trip this summer, or where would you like to go next? Let me know in the comments!