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Washington DC’s Newest Direct Flight Makes Travel to This Famous Desert Winter Escape Easy

Palm Springs Washington, D. C. Airports + Flying
by Nickolaus Hines May 29, 2024

Palm Springs has been one of California’s most prominent desert getaways for celebrities, art lovers, wellness seekers, and more for nearly a century. Summers are obviously hot, but it’s easy to understand why the mild winters make Greater Palm Springs an ideal place to spend the holidays — whether you live in a place with rough winters or not. Travelers coming from Washington DC and the Mid-Atlantic area now have easier access to that winter desert sun and fresh air thanks to a new non-stop flight with United Airlines.

From December 19 through April 30, 2025, United will operate one daily flight between Palm Springs International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport.

“This new route offers a convenient and seamless travel option for our visitors from the East Coast, making it easier than ever to experience the natural beauty, vibrant culture, and warm hospitality of Greater Palm Springs,” Scott White, president and CEO of Visit Greater Palm Springs, said in a press release. “We look forward to providing our new guests with an unforgettable desert oasis experience.”

The flight will be the first connecting the nation’s capital to Palm Springs. Not only is it a boon for East Coast travelers, but also opens the door for European travelers looking for an easy connection to the Coachella Valley and it’s incredible hiking trails and Palm Springs restaurants.

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The route will be served by United’s Boeing Max 8 planes, leaving from DC at 9 AM and arriving in Palm Springs at 11:40 AM, and leaving from Palm Springs at 1 PM and arriving in DC at 8:45 PM. Flights are currently on sale for those who like to book their travel early. The new route joins five other cities with direct daily United flights to Palm Springs:

  • Houston
  • San Francisco
  • Los Angeles
  • Denver
  • Chicago

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