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Greater Palm Springs

Explore the diverse desert region that features mid-century modern architecture, dynamic dining, and stunning landscapes

Surrounded by majestic mountains and pristine nature preserves on all sides, the Greater Palm Springs area is a posh nexus of natural beauty, wellness, and culture. On this episode of the California Now Podcast, host Soterios Johnson learns about the iconic mid-century modern style of architecture that sprang forth from a burst of post-WWII creative energy. Tour guide Kurt Cyr offers his insights on these must-see marvels, sprinkling in details about Hollywood’s connection to the region and how visitors can practice COVID-19 safety while viewing stylish local homes.

After that, Johnson speaks with Palm Springs Life Editor-in-Chief Steven Biller to get the inside scoop on the local art scene, al fresco dining options, and great lodging. And finally, Johnson gets a rundown of the best hikes and outdoor experiences from veteran hiking guide Jason Bruecks.


Kurt Cyr, owner of Palm Springs Mod Squad

Steven Biller, editor-in-chief of Palm Springs Life

Jason Bruecks, hiking leader with Distance to Be Traveled


Tour guide Kurt Cyr offers a few recommendations for must-see architectural marvels in Palm Springs.

Palm Springs Mod Squad

Palm Springs

Desert Modernism

Palm Springs Mod Squad Tours

Holiday House

The Hideaway

Orbit In

Sparrows Lodge

Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs

Saguaro Palm Springs

Palm Springs Life Editor-in-Chief Steven Biller is an expert on the local restaurant, resort, and art scene.

Desert X

Mirage by Doug Aitkin


Jalisco Restaurant

Las Tres Conchitas

Rooster and the Pig

Workshop Kitchen + Bar

Mr. Lyons Steakhouse

Spencer's Restaurant

Le Vallauris

Sandfish Sushi and Whiskey

The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge

Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge

King's Highway Restaurant

The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage

Renaissance Esmerelda Resort & Spa

Parker Palm Springs

Cathedral City Doubletree

There is abundant life in the desert, according to Distance to Be Traveled hiking leader Jason Bruecks.

Joshua Tree National Park

Sand to Snow National Monument

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Indian Canyons

Mecca Hills Wilderness

South Lykken Trail

Coachella Valley Preserve

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve

Whitewater Preserve

About the Host

Soterios Johnson, formerly the local host of National Public Radio’s Morning Edition on radio station WNYC, moved from New York City to Davis in 2016. By combining his journalistic instincts with his personal curiosity, Johnson will use the California Now Podcast platform to develop a deeper understanding of his adopted home.

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