Palm Springs Is California’s Smoking-Hot Cannabis Tourist Destination

It’s high season in the Coachella Valley—for tourism and for cannabis.

Now’s the time to combine them both.

If you want to visit California this weekend for a taste of historic cannabis legalization in the Golden State, the Coachella Valley—in particular the resort-town cluster of Palm Springs, Cathedral City and Desert Hot Springs—is one of your best bets for a cannabis getaway.

It’s sunny and warm, it’s Palm Springs, and it’s open for business, unlike other weekender destinations—San Francisco, Los Angeles, Lake Tahoe—that won’t open their adult-use cannabis stores for another week or so.

A longtime playground for movie stars, mobsters, and alternative lifestylers 100 miles southeast of Los Angeles, the Coachella Valley has the key elements intrepid cannabis travelers need to ring in California’s new legal era:

  • Massive local cultivation
  • The most adult-use cannabis stores per capita in California
  • Cannabis-friendly lodgings throughout the Valley
  • Opportunities for stargazing in Joshua Tree National Park*


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