A blissful escape to this Southern California oasis conjures brightly filtered images of mid-century modern architecture, music festivals, and margaritas sipped by splashy hotel pools. There’s a buzz of cicadas, the scent of locally sourced cuisine wafting from nouveaux eateries, and a prevailing sense of carefree living. Surrounded by San Jacinto, Santa Rosa and Little San Bernadino mountains, the area expands southeast to the Salton Sea.

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Day Trips & Adventures

Temecula Valley Wineries

Temecula Valley Wine Country invites you to savor the hundreds of award-winning wines offered by our member wineries while enjoying the irresistible charm of our friendly tasting rooms. Although times may vary, most of the wineries are open daily for visitors from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

BMW Performance Center and MINI Driving Experience

The BMW Performance Driving School is a Palm Springs Area Destination unlike any other. Our brand new building, Professional Instructors and extensive track area ensure you experience the Ultimate Driving Machine® the way it was meant to be. There is a black lake wet track, multi-configuration course with hairpin turns, high-speed straights and a 300’ polished concrete skidpad. Our 1- and 2-Day Car Control, Teen and M Schools and action-packed Driving Experiences ensure there’s a program that is just right for you. Boost your adrenaline in an M School and learn how to manage sophisticated vehicle dynamics with serious seat time in multiple high-performance M cars. For those drivers who are really hungry, Advanced M School provides a professional level road course experience. Visit bmwperformancecenter.com for full program listings and calendar. Call 888-345-4BMW today to make reservations for the BMW Performance Driving School.

Joshua Tree National Park

Where Two Deserts Meet. Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together in Joshua Tree National Park.

Palm Springs Indian Canyons

The Indian Canyons in Palm Springs marks the meeting of the Sn Jacinto and Santa Rosa mountain ranges. The 15-mile Palm Canyon Trail reaches to the Highway 74, high above Palm Desert.

Palm Springs Air Museum

The Palm Springs Air Museum is a living history museum dedicated to educating the public about the role Air Power played in preserving American liberties and way of life. The Museum preserves, exhibits, and flies aircraft from World War Two, Korea, and the Vietnam Wars. Most of the aircraft are in flyable condition.

Mount San Jacinto State Park

The deeply weathered summit of Mount San Jacinto stands 10,834 feet above sea level, and is the second highest mountain range in Southern California. The mountain’s magnificent granite peaks, subalpine forests, and fern-bordered mountain meadows offer a unique opportunity to explore and enjoy a scenic, high-country wilderness area.

Ladder Canyon & Big Painted Canyon in Mecca

Ladder Canyon/Big Painted Canyon is located outside of the desert city of Mecca. The trailhead is at the end of a 4-mile long dirt road called Painted Canyon Road. You will want to take Highway 111 towards the Salton Sea, then head through the city of Mecca on 66th Ave. 66th Ave. becomes Box Canyon Rd., then shortly after the canal you will turn left on the dirt road called Painted Canyon Road.

Salton Sea

The Salton Sea is a shallow, saline lake located in the California desert. Both the Salton Sea State Recreation Area and the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge are located on its shores. Follow Grapefruit Blvd. southeast into Indio and you’ll hit the Salton Sea.

 

Outdoor Activities

PGA West

Carved by time between some of the oldest and newest mountain ranges in North America lies PGA WEST, a world famous golf resort just minutes from Palm Springs and Palm Desert, CA.

Mountain Hike – Every Thursday Morning

Take a guided hike through either the Randall Henderson Trailer or Art Smith Trailer, depending on the group, ranging from 2-4 miles long and 300-800 ft. in elevation. Bring 2 liters of water, snacks, closed-toed shoes, hat, sunscreen, and a camera. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. The hike runs from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center. For more information, call (760) 862-9984.

Indian Canyon Hiking Tours

Home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, where stunning rock formations and the contrasting greens of magnificent fan palms and more than 150 species of plants beckon you to these lush palm oases.

San Andreas Fault Tours

Running down the state of California, from Cape Mendocino to the Mexican border, the San Andreas Fault forms a continuous, narrow break in the Earth’s crust between the Pacific and North American tectonic plates.

Smoke Tree Stables – Hourly & Daily Horseback Rides

Experience a few quiet hours of “getting away from it all” on over 150 miles of convenient riding trails that provide both solitude and breathtaking beauty. Located in Palm Springs near the Indian Canyons, Smoke Tree Stables offers guided rides by the hour or for the entire day.

Bike Palm Springs

Rent bikes by the half day, full day or week. Includes free maps, touring routes, locks and helmets. Reserve online. Open 7 days a week.

Off Road Rentals Palm Springs

ATV rentals West of Palm Springs, CA. Members of the company’s staff are well-trained in safety procedures of the equipment and they are eager to assist you in any way possible. Stop in any day, even holidays, and take an ATV out for a ride in the desert.

Motorcycle Rentals Palm Springs – EagleRider

EagleRider Palm Springs has the largest selection of motorcycles maintained to meet strict factory standards providing a fun, safe, and affordable riding experience. Our Palm Springs location is motorcycle paradise, with the largest selection of Harley-Davidson, and BMW motorcycles ready to deliver your dream motorcycle rental or tour experience.

Hot Air Balloon Rides

One of the best ways to appreciate the panoramic desert of the Greater Palm Springs area is to literally get above it — taking in the expanses of citrus trees and date palms, the sagebrush, the spring wildflowers, and even the 100-plus manicured golf courses from a hot air balloon, with the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa mountains as a backdrop.

Whitewater Preserves

A nature preserve of more than 2,800 acres with a river and stunning wildflowers. You’ll encounter part of the Pacific Crest Trail, the famous trek from Mexico to Canada.

Coachella Valley Preserve

There are than 25 miles of hiking trails at this wildlife preserve, which is home to the Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard (found nowhere else in the world).

 

Cultural Activities

Mid-Century Modern Architecture Tours

Download the App for a Self-Guide Tour written and narrated by top architectural historians and experts at palmspringslife.com/psmodapp

Historical Walking Tours

The Palm Springs Historical Society offers eight different historical walking tours focusing on Palm Springs’ historic neighborhoods, distinguished by a combination of celebrities and local pioneers who called them home and the architects and builders who shaped their development. Time vary. For more information, call (760) 323-8297.

Palm Springs VillageFest – Every Thursday

South Palm Canyon Drive is closed to vehicular traffic and is transformed into a festive street fair from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. For more information, call (760) 320-3781.

Country Music Nights – Every Thursday

Grab your boots and a cowboy hat and mosey down to the LIT lounge for a night of live music featuring local country bands and tributes to the biggest acts in country music. Must be 21. Runs from 7:00 p.m.-midnight. For more information, call (760) 342-5000.

Palm Springs Celebrity Tours

Visit famous neighborhoods, legendary secret spots, and wondrous homes claimed by legendary stars like Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Sonny and Cher, Bob Hope, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Liberace, Nat King Cole, Dinah Shore Estate, and dozens more.

Palm Springs Art Museum

Founded in 1938, the Palm Springs Art Museum (formerly the Palm Springs Desert Museum) is the largest cultural institution in the Coachella Valley, featuring compelling art exhibitions, a vast permanent collection, and the 433-seat Annenberg Theater, all in a 150,000 square foot, architecturally-significant building.

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

A unique zoo and botanical garden that specializes in the deserts of the world. Giraffes, mountain lions, zebras, and cheetahs are just a few of the incredible animals that take you from Africa to North America. The botanical gardens include geographic replicas of areas as diverse as Baja California’s Viscaino Desert and the exotic deserts of Madagascar. Let the shuttles take you from African Village WaTuTu, to the state-of-the-art Wildlife Hospital. The Living Desert offers an experience like no other. The exhibits include over 1,600 species of plants and 140 species of animals from the deserts of North America and Africa. Additionally, the park boasts a list of over 150 species of free-flying birds and is the best place in the world to view roadrunners.

Moorten Botanical Garden

Established in Palm Springs since 1938, this privately-owned arboretum was created to share the beauty and extraordinary varieties of desert plants with everyone who visits. The featured desert trees, plants, and cacti come from around the world and range in size from miniature to giants!

Oasis Date Gardens

Frolic amid the palm fronds at this 175-acre ranch in Thermal, near Coachella. They’ve got date lemonade and 10 varieties of date shakes.

General Patton’s Memorial Museum

The mission of the General Patton Memorial Museum is to promote peace by honoring the service and sacrifice of America’s veterans while educating the public on modern U.S. military history through the preservation and interpretation of artifacts from the major conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Windmill Tours

Take a 2-hour, behind-the-fences tour of renewable wind energy, a history of our windmills since the inception in 1982 to today. From Palm Springs heading north on N. Indian Canyon Drive, cross over the freeway and then turn left onto 20th Avenue (just after crossing over the Interstate 10) and just before the ARCO Station. After turning left, drive for approximately one mile and you will see the green Windmill Tours building on the right.

International Banana Museum

Yes, that’s right. Want to go bananas? Check out the world’s largest collection of banana-themed curios.

Old Town La Quinta

After a trip to Europe, developer Wells Marvin became enthralled with the idea of creating a town back home in the Golden State to cultivate faraway feelings of quietude, romance, and small-town bonhomie for his own community. Cobblestone sidewalks connect casual alfresco restaurants with boutiques.

Cabot’s Pueblo Museum

An adventure awaits you on one of our guided tours! Visit the Pueblo to experience the story of Cabot Yerxa and his incredible home.

Polo Matches – Every Sunday

If you happen to be in town on Sunday, catch a match a the Empire Polo Club. You can bring outside food and beverages into the general admissions area along with chairs, blankets and umbrellas for shade. Bleacher and VIP seating also available. For more information, call (760) 393-7298.

 

Shopping

Cabazon Outlets
48750 Seminole Dr., Cabazon, CA 92230

Conveniently located between Palm Springs and Los Angeles, Cabazon Outlets offers a unique desert landscape shopping experience nestled between the Santa Rosa and San Gorgonio Mountain Range. This quaint 65,000 square foot retail shopping center features 18 specialty retailers in a relaxed open-air environment. Cabazon is a name that has become synonymous with quality outlet shopping and is a destination for over 15 million shoppers every year. Located 20 minutes from Palm Springs off Interstate 10. Directions.

El Paseo

On El Paseo, timeless style meets the day’s hottest looks, which beckon behind storefronts on every block. We’re never the same real-life runway twice. International designers, national stores, and curated boutiques are the foundation for an unparalleled retail experience.

The Shops at 1345

Located in Palm Springs’ hip Uptown Design District, this creative collective functions as a microcosm of that very area, offering vintage and contemporary furniture, art, and decor, resort-ready apparel, eye-catching jewelry, and more.

 

Casinos

Agua Caliente

Morongo Casino

Augustine Casino

 

Microbreweries

Social Cycle

A 16-person bicycle, manually powered by its passengers and operated by a “captain,” that is ideal for just about every type of group outing/celebration imaginable –  from bar-hopping with friends to team-building with colleagues. It’s a fun, easy and safe way to socialize while enjoying local sights and being outdoors. Book individual seats and join other small groups on our public tours. A minimum of 8 people is required for the tour to begin.

La Quinta Brewing Co. – Palm Springs Taproom

Draughtsman

Coachella Valley Brewing Company

Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse

Ruben and Ozzy’s Oyster Bar & Grill

Las Palmas Brewing

Playoffs

Fame Cigars and Wine

Idyllwild Brewpub

Bongo Johnny’s Patio Bar & Grill Palm Springs

Revel Public House