Palm Springs may be an oasis in the middle of a desert, but there’s no shortage of ways to spend a weekend in this tropical paradise. 

While the destination is renowned for its luxury hotels and incredible spas, the desert resort city is a great home base for adventures big and small. The town is chock full of quaint cafes, modern eateries, and vintage shops along Palm Canyon Drive. Beyond its borders, a world of active escapades and artistic discoveries awaits.

Ahead of your next weekend in Palm Springs, here are a few ways to spend 48 hours in the playground of stars:

Drive Through Joshua Tree Park 

Joshua Tree National Park is one of the world's most incredible natural wonders.
Spanning nearly 800,000 acres, the park offers visitors stunning views of rock formations punctuated by the park's namesake, the Joshua tree. At night, the landscape comes alive with reptiles and other animals that are largely nocturnal.
There are many ways for visitors to enjoy what the park has to offer. Countless trails offer hikers of any experience level a way to explore the park, or, for more adventurous rock climbers, boulder outcroppings provide a heart-pumping experience. After the sun sets, enjoy spectacular stargazing under a clear desert sky.

Visit the Palm Springs Air Museum

The Palm Springs Air Museum is a living museum, meaning it preserves exhibits and flies aircraft in its collection. It is dedicated to educating the public about aerial history by displaying aircraft from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War alongside historical artifacts. Walking shoes are a must; there are approximately 86,000 square feet of hangars to explore.

Bike Around the Town on a Self-Guided Architecture Tour

For fans of mid-century architecture, there’s no better place to be than Palm Springs, the home of “Desert Modernism.” Beloved by movie stars of Old Hollywood, the homes in Palm Springs are epitomized by open floor plans and clean lines built for indoor/outdoor living. One of the best ways to tour the architecture is by bike (the city is mostly flat). There’s no wrong direction, with hidden gems and beautiful homes around every curve.

Embrace the Arts Scene at the Palm Springs Art Museum

Founded in 1938, the Palm Springs Art Museum is home to more than 24,000 objects representing fine art, photography, Native American art, artifacts from other cultures, and a massive collection of fossils. There are three museum locations in the Greater Palm Desert -- the museum, the architecture and design center, and the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden -- so you can spend your day (or weekend) hopping from one to another. 

Ride Up the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

What better way to cap off your weekend in Palm Springs than to ride the world's largest rotating tram car? The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway travels over two and one-half miles along the Chino Canyon, offering beautiful views of Mt. San Jacinto State Park. The 10-minute trip ends at the Mountain Station, where you can enjoy local fare and a refreshing beverage.

For more information about Palm Springs lifestyle and things to do within the city, contact Geoffrey Moore. As a trained REALTOR® as well as a Palm Springs resident, he can find you a home in Palm Springs that's right for your lifestyle.

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