White House press secretary Josh Earnest announced the First Family's plans in a statement, saying: "The President vowed to take his family to a destination that is warmer than Washington, D.C. on Friday and Palm Springs fits the bill.
"This is a community that the President has visited on a number of occasions as President of the United States. He and his family have enjoyed the time they've spent there in the past. And they're looking forward to travelling there on Friday."
Barack had previously said he would take his family to sunnier climes
As is custom, the President is allowed to take one final trip using the presidential aircraft. The Obamas will attend the inauguration and then fly from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland to Palm Springs.
Palm Springs is a favourite destination of the family. The President has taken multiple trips – for business and for pleasure – to the Southern Californian city.
CNN reports that the Obamas will stay at Rancho Mirage city at the home of Michael Smith, the decorator responsible for designing the Oval Office and private residence. The family have stayed there in the past.
Palm Springs fits the bill
Barack, 55, has previously spoken about his post-Presidency plans. "You know, I'm gonna sleep for a couple of weeks when I get out of here, take my wife on a well-deserved vacation," he told Rolling Stone. "And I'll spend time in my first year out of office writing a book, and I'm gonna be organising my presidential centre, which is gonna be focused on precisely this issue of how do we train and empower the next generation of leadership."
While the Obamas have had months preparing for their move, Michelle has admitted that it will be hard leaving, especially for her teenage daughters.
Michelle said her daughters would find it tough leaving the White House
"I'm sure the girls will have a tough time," she told Ellen DeGeneres. "They think they're ready, but when you've grown up in a place...
"It's really the people. Think about it. The girls have grown up in the White House. I mean, the staff there – we see them every day. These are people who have helped us raise our kids. They've loved us. They've taken care of us. The minute we leave, that's it."
Malia, 18, is set to take a gap year before starting at Harvard University while Sasha, 15, continues with high school.