What to do in Palm Springs
El Paseo Shopping District
- If you want world-class shopping (like we need an excuse) look no farther than El Paseo. You can find fashion, essentials, art, and jewelry from the leading brands you love to eclectic local finds that bring out the best in Palm Springs living.
- Maybe you are just looking for some great dining possibilities outside the hotel. Check – have it covered. Steak, seafood, Californian cuisine, or your favorite ethnic food can all be found within El Paseo. Lots of outside dining and fun new restaurants to explore from fine dining to a quick coffee or dessert on the run
- The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is consistently rated as a gem in the desert. Trip Advisor has it rated in the top 1% of all attractions in the United States! Beyond a zoo, it showcases animals, plants, and habitat protection which has made it a top attraction in the Palm Springs area for nearly 50 years.
Palm Springs Art Museum
- This museum was founded in 1938 and its collection includes big names like Andy Warhol and Marc Chagall along with an ever-changing list of rotating exhibits including studies of Impressionism, contemporary sculpture, pop and graphic art, and architecture.
- Climb aboard one of our signature open-air Big Red Jeeps with removable shape tops for an engaging, entertaining, and educational journey with a highly trained naturalist tour guide. Tour options include seeing the San Andreas fault, learning about its geology and seismology, and understanding the history of the native Cahuilla Indians who first inhabited this area
- The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is the world’s largest rotating tram car enabling you to travel over 2.5 miles along the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon to the pristine wilderness of Mt San Jacinto State Park at 8,516 feet. It’s a great way to take 40 degrees off the desert floor and see a completely different environment – bring a sweater!
Joshua Tree National Park
- If you like National Parks, it’s hard to beat Joshua Tree. It’s where two distinct desert ecosystems meet – the Mojave and Colorado – providing a unique special habitat for birds, mammals, insects, lizards, and yes the famous Joshua Tree itself. You have incredible hiking opportunities, rock climbing and bouldering, or you can enjoy a simple drive through the park itself.
- Sometimes shopping calls for high fashion and fine dining. But sometimes shopping means getting great deals on everyday brands that you can’t find anywhere else. That is where Cabazon Outlets come into play. Get ready for filling your holiday shopping needs or your extra suitcase with fashion, athletic gear, shoes, and household brands.
- The Cabazon Dinosaurs have long served as an iconic roadside attraction.
- Palm Springs Celebrity Tours. Since the 1920’s Palm Springs has been the desert playground for Hollywood elite. The legendary “two-hour” rule of Hollywood studios meant actors under contract had to be available to return to the studio within two hours and Palm Springs was a perfect fit. https://www.palmspringscelebritytours.com/
- Palm Springs Walk of Stars. Spend some time in downtown Palm Springs and you will spot the walk of stars along the sidewalk honoring prominent Palm Springs residents and frequent visitors.
- International Banana Museum. Come see the world record of over 25,000 banana related items and pictures at the museum. Of course you have a banana split and enjoy banana themed shopping and the chance for selfies in front of the banana statue
- Take a selfie with some friendly names. Start with Sonny Bono. Yes I want you babe. From musical fame as part of Sonny and Cher to becoming a Republican Congressman for California’s 44th district, to serving as major of Palm Springs. Have your picture with a life-sized statue at 155 S Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs OR how about Lucille Ball? Lucy had a couple of homes in Palm Springs over the years and is one of the areas most famous celebrity residents. Join Lucy on the bench at 100 N Palm Canyon Drive for a great selfie with one of Hollywood’s funniest and famous stars. And finally how about Marilyn Monroe. Standing at 26 feet tall and memorializing her famous scene from “The Seven-Year Itch” , Marilyn is about to return to Palm Springs at the Palm Springs Art Museum.
- The Coachella Valley is considered the golf capital of the United States. It is the Western home of the PGA and offers a broad range of courses to suit every handicap. Sure we will feature a tournament at the Indian Wells Celebrity Course. But if you are going to play once, why not play several times!
- Sunnylands was famous as an estate when it was completed in 1966. But since then it has hosted 8 US Presidents along with world leaders, public intellectuals, celebrities, friends and family. It is a place of history, hospitality, and diplomacy in the California desert. Today you can tour the historic estate, the gardens, and the opportunity to see an incredible diverse range of birds with Sunnylands location along the Pacific Flyway.
Indian Wells Tennis Garden
- Are you a tennis fan? The BNP Paribas is always considered the 5th Major and it will be held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in October of this year. We are still waiting on the actual dates – but it could be a great way to extend your stay in the sun
- There are lots of opportunities to test your fortunes in the Coachella Valley. Agua Caliente offers an incredible casino just 20 minutes away in Rancho Mirage with additional locations in downtown Palm Springs and Cathedral City. Slot machines, table games, and poker tables give you plenty of options to find fortune in the desert.