As you look out onto the fairway of the Pete Dye course at The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, you can see a panoramic view of rolling green hills giving way to desert mountains in the distance. There are two championship golf courses on the property, which is dominated by mission-style lodgings, three outdoor pools—one with a six-story water slide—and a full-service spa. You can sit down to dinner at one of the onsite restaurants or recharge with a snack and a fresh-squeezed juice on the go.
The idyllic resort town of Rancho Mirage could be the setting for a Hollywood movie with its opulent estates flanked by palm trees and set before a backdrop of desert mountains. The rich and famous–Frank Sinatra, Liberace, and Barbra Streisand, o name a few, once flocked to this oasis–just outside Palm Spring.
Nearby Palm Springs is also the birthplace of desert modernism, a Bauhaus-influenced architecture movement. You can explore the area’s famed midcentury-modern landmarks on a self-guided tour; grab a map at the Palm Springs Official Visitors Center, itself housed in an iconic building—a retro-futuristic Tramway Gas Station designed by Albert Frey. Furniture and clothing boutiques along Palm Canyon Drive embrace Palm Springs’s trademark aesthetic—what you might call Mad Men West. Nearby, the small but impressively curated Palm Springs Art Museum features works by Pablo Picasso and Robert Rauschenberg along with significant contemporary and Native American collections.
The sun shines more than 300 days a year in Palm Springs, which means you can play a round of golf or hike in the nearby Agua Caliente Indian Canyons no matter the season. It’s worth taking a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, whose cars rotate 360 degrees as they carry passengers to Mount San Jacinto’s Mountain Station, located 8,516 feet above sea level. About 40 miles northeast is the nearly 800,000-acre Joshua Tree National Park, which spans parts of the Colorado and Mojave Deserts. Hit one of the 12 nature trails for a chance to see desert bighorn sheep, snakes, and black-tailed jackrabbits.
Must book by 7/3/15 or promotional value expires. Must complete travel by 9/30/15. Not valid 7/3/15–7/4/15, 9/4/15–9/7/15. Limit 5 per person, may buy 5 additional as gifts. Limit 5 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required, subject to availability. 72-hour cancellation notice required or fee of applicable 1-night stay up to Groupon price applies. Must be 21 or older to check in. Credit card required at booking and check-in. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Must reserve golf tee times when booking hotel stay. $29 daily resort fee not included. 13.4% tax not included.