Palm Springs in winter is surprisingly affordable. Several hotels cater to those wanting to escape some harsh winter temps. Budget Travel listed a few that offer great prices this time of year.
Check out Los Arboles, Alcazar, The Saguaro, and Del Marcos. Depending upon what you are looking for, one of these hotels might fit your plans.
Take advantage of the plentiful hiking opportunities. Moorten Botanical Gardens, plentiful mountain hikes, the Living Desert wildlife area, and a desert oasis provide a variety of things to do.
For a view of the entire valley and beyond, ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to the top of Mount Jacinto. Take a jacket on this tram even though you'll be hot at the start. At the top, it's cold and quite possibly lots of snow.
If you're interested in 20th century architecture, Palm Springs is your place to check it out. Maps show where you can get a view of different types from desert modern to pop culture to everything in between.
No visit to Palm Springs would be complete without checking out Elvis's home. This mid 1960s home is fun to see both from the outside and a guided tour.
Many other stars' homes, both past and current ones, are marked on several maps. Take time to do a walking tour.
Enjoy your winter escape to Palm Springs...