If you're heading to Palm Springs, California, be sure to pack your activewear - you're going to need it.
An Oasis With Options
The typical image that comes to mind when thinking of Palm Springs is time spent lounging around the pool or doing some serious shopping. But there is a whole lot more to Palm Springs than that!
Like architecture? Palm Springs has a vast concentration of Mid-Century Modern that will dazzle you. You can take a tour of Elvis's Honeymoon Hideaway or grab your parka for a trip to the top of San Jacinto Mountain.
Or go exploring through the Uptown Design District to find a trove of unique antique shops, galleries, furniture boutiques, fashion design shops, restaurants and more.
Like hiking? There are 134 hiking trails in the Palm Springs area.
Palm Springs is a desert oasis that's packed with options for your enjoyment. No boredom allowed in Palm Springs.
What to Do?
There are so many different things to do in Palm Springs, the options can seem overwhelming. We've grouped them into different venues here, in no particular order. This way you can get an idea of the wonders found in and around Palm Springs.
Day Trips Around Palm Springs
There is a wide variety of day trips that run out of Palm Springs. Some are a few hours only while others will entertain you for an entire day (or into the night).
- San Andreas Fault Small-Group Jeep Tour. If you're looking to explore some incredible geology, this tour is for you. You'll travel from Palm Springs for a 30-minute drive through the Coachella Valley. You'll see the landscape from an open-air Jeep. You'll enjoy a guided three-hour tour around California's infamous San Andreas fault.
- Temecula Wine Tasting. This amazing excursion is a seven-hour wine tasting tour of the best wineries in Temecula wine country. You'll leave from Palm Springs and travel by H1 Hummer to three of Temecula's wineries. There you'll enjoy tasting up to 18 different varieties of California's fine wines.
Palm Springs has over 20 museums that feature everything from dinosaurs to modern art. There's more than one museum in Palm Springs that the whole family can enjoy.
- Cabazon Dinosaurs. This family outing is sure to grab any child's attention, regardless of age. There are games and rides, along with the "world's biggest dinosaurs."
- Palm Springs Art Museum. Contemporary California art. Classic Western art. Native American, Mesoamerican, Mexican, and European art. American photography. Glass studio art. 19th, 20th, 21st century works. American mid-twentieth century architecture. All and more in this phenomenal museum.
Palm Springs is home to more than 100 of the world's greatest and most challenging golf courses, such as those designed by Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.
- Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort. Choose between two championship courses that are sure to give you the challenge you want. Enjoy panoramic views of Palm Springs just minutes from downtown.
- Escena Golf Club. Championship golf blends with a classic Palm Springs setting in this Jack Nicklaus designed golf course. Test your true skills here!
- Mesquite Country Club. Here's a traditional, 18 hole championship layout with breathtaking views in the shadows of the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa mountain range.
Landmarks and Sights
Historic sites, ancient ruins, monuments and statues, historic walking areas, challenging hiking trails - it's all found in Palm Springs.
- Indian Canyons. This outing combines a Jeep tour plus a hiking excursion to Indian Canyons. This is where you'll find some of the most beautiful scenery Palm Springs has to offer. Explore ancient ruins and palm-lined springs.
- Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. You can't do Palm Springs without hitting the Aerial Tramway. This incredible landmark attraction will take you up 5,873 feet into the San Jacinto Mountains. Enjoy the world's largest revolving cable car.
Bored in Palm Springs? We think not.