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Palm Springs has got its groove back. The zippy Ace Hotel is becoming the place to stay, with everyone heading out to Palm Springs to rest, relax, and have a little fun. The Ace Hotel, which is built on the site of a former Howard Johnson’s, is a hip boutique hotel that’s reasonably priced, but still heavy on the style. Once you’re settled in, after a two hour drive from L.A., and you’ve decided to leave the Ace’s swank pool, consider a tour or two.

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway features the world’s largest rotating gondolas and the trip goes up past the Chino Canyon cliffs, the Salton Sea, and the Coachella Valley, rising to 8,600 feet. Or check out the mid-century modern buildings in the area, with a $5 map to beauties by Albert Frey and Richard Neutra from the Palm Springs Historical Society.

If you’re looking for a little more guidance, try a guided tour with Robert Imber, the man behind PS Modern Tours, which hits both the well- and lesser-known spots. The Palm Springs Modern Committee runs an open house tour in October as well, with stops in private residences around town.