Our First Family Trip to Palm Springs, California

Palm Trees at our apartment

Our First Family Trip to Palm Springs, California

Our first family trip with Baby B took us to sunny California, a welcomed escape from the rainy Vancouver winter. This post comes a little bit late as we visited the Californian desert city in early February and its now almost April. What can I say, finding the time to publish blog posts is a little more challenging with an infant!

There were a number of reasons why we chose California as the destination for our first trip with Baby B, but the main reason was because we had family renting a condo in Palm Springs for the winter. This meant that not only did we have a place to stay, we also had family to help out with Baby B.

It’s also only a short 3 hour flight (did you see our amazing photos from the flight?), which was the perfect test for Baby B before we take him on a long-haul flight to Europe this summer.

It was our 3rd visit to California but first time visiting Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. We didn’t have much planned for this trip, aside from relaxing by the pool in the hot desert sun.

This trip was very much about vacation downtime, and very little about adventure and exploration.

Entrance to our gated community

Entrance to the gated community where we stayed (I wonder why the city is called Palm Springs?!)

First time lying on grass in the sun

Because he was born at the start of winter, this was his first time lying on grass outdoors.

He loved it! He rolled around on the blankets for hours, gazing at the swaying trees.

Relaxation by the pool

Well deserved quiet time by the pool

Baby B's first swim

Baby B’s first time in a pool. He’s not quite sure what’s going on?

Baby B's first swim

First swim in the pool

Hanging out by the pool - Palm Springs

Chillin’ out by the pool

Nicole and Baby B in B&W

Hiding from the sun on the World’s Largest Rotating Aerial Tramway

Family portrait at the peak of Palm Springs

First family vacation portrait at the Coachella Valley lookout point

Baby B using Jedi mind tricks

Baby B playing Jedi mind tricks with a bottle of beer (my favourite photo from the trip)

Lookout point at Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Coachella Valley lookout point from the Palm Springs Tramway

Palm trees in Palm Springs
Lying on the grass looking up at the Palm trees

Wind Farm in the Coachella Valley

Massive wind farm in North Palm Springs

Street Artist in Palm Springs

Street artist in downtown Palm Springs

Bistro in Palm Springs

Popular California bistro on the main strip

Thursday night market on the main strip

Evening Drive in Palm Springs

California cruising…

Mountain views from the apartment

Mountain views from the apartment

Desert Road in Palm Springs, California

Desert road

Rugged desert mountains in Palm Springs

The road to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.

We were surprised at how big and rugged the desert mountains are (over 10,000 feet high!)


Butterfly close-up

Palm trees and morning sun

Morning views

Red Trolley Beer

Sampling some California beer (this one’s from nearby San Diego)

Another tasty beer by the pool (in case you didn’t know, we love trying new beer when we travel)

Would you stay in the Cougar lot?

Afternoon hike in Mount San Jacinto State Park

The desert plains of Joshua Tree National Park – here are more photos

The peculiar Cholla Cactus Garden in Joshua Tree National Park

More posts from our trip to Palm Springs, California:


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Cam and Nicole Wears are newbie parents living in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. A passion for travel and outdoor adventure has taken them to over 70 countries on 6 continents in the past 10 years. Learn more about their story here. Follow them on Instagram and subscribe to their monthly newsletter.