Things to do in Palm Springs and the Deserts

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  • 1

    Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

    111 reviews

    This a must for the Palm Springs visitor! Really beautiful whether you just to for lunch or a aggressive hike up Mt San Jancinto.

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  • 2

    El Paseo

    58 reviews

    The best shopping, bars, restaurants and art anywhere! Easy 2 block walk and it is all yours! For non-golfers who are with golfers, you can walk here and spend the entire time the golfers are gone having your own fun!

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  • 3

    Joshua Tree National Park

    61 reviews

    Just about a 90-minute drive each way from Palm Springs, this park is one of the best places to go hiking in the California deserts. Straddling the transition zone between the upper Mojave and the lower Sonoran deserts, Joshua Tree has an unbeatable variety of desert flora and fauna. My favorite trails lead to hidden California fan-palm oases, but you ...

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  • 4

    The Living Desert / Southern California Zoo & Botanical Gardens

    60 reviews

    This is an amazing place to see. If you have children with you its very child friendly and you can arrange times to feed animals.

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  • 5

    Palm Springs Air Museum

    53 reviews

    just 6 minutes from my home, it's a great way to see vintage planes. It's also a great and different venue to rent for special events.

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  • 6

    Indian Canyons

    48 reviews

    Great place with many hiking trails. Come see the largest natural Palm Oasis in the world -- This is what Palm Springs was named after.

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  • 7

    Indian Wells Tennis Garden

    41 reviews

    The Story behind the BNP Paribas Open The BNP Paribas Open, the most-attended WTA Premier and ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tennis tournament in the world and the largest two-week combined outside of the four Majors (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, US Open). The event is held annually at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, one of the world's most beautiful ...

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  • 8

    The River

    45 reviews

    We loved this shopping experience! Many choices for food, coffee, people watching, going to a movie in a fabulous and roomy theater. Great choices for shopping and so close to town!

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  • 9

    Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

    30 reviews

    After a failed attempt to make last year my first experience at Coachella, redemption came for me this past weekend. It's best to plan ahead on which artists you'd like to see, because it's very likely for their schedules to overlap. I did some traveling back and forth between stages. Luckily I had the area memorized after my first night. ...

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  • 10

    Palm Springs Art Museum

    32 reviews

    Modernism week with Backyard Oasis 1945 through 1982

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  • 11

    Coachella Music Festival

    28 reviews

    Coachella is seriously my favorite time of the year. I've gone for 2 years already and I am absolutely looking forward to my 3rd. The lineup is always amazing no matter which genre of music you're into. We always meet really friendly and amazing people. Seriously the best memories are made at Coachella!!

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  • 12


    25 reviews

    Costco is less than 10 miles away and has a gas station.

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  • 13

    Spa Resort Casino

    29 reviews

    The Spa Resort Casino, has a bit of everything. Gambling, entertainment, restaurants & the spa. Treat yourself to a massage, facial, body wrap, call for an appointment & pricing.

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  • 14

    Palm Springs International Film Festival

    23 reviews

    Held in January of every year, this film festival is filled with wonderful movie screenings and a great opening and closing night party. Not to be missed!

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  • 15

    VillageFest Palm Springs

    25 reviews

    Thursday night street fair...down town Palm Springs. ( admission to the PS Art Museum on Thursday afternoons)

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  • 16

    Mount San Jacinto

    20 reviews

    Haven't been here

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  • 17

    Shields Date Garden

    21 reviews

    Anyone that comes to Indio or the Coachella Valley MUST try a Date Shake. They are really good.

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  • 18


    22 reviews

    Downtown Palm Springs is a short 20 minute drive. Blocks on end of shops, restuarants and entertainment for all .

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  • 19

    Fabulous Palm Springs Follies

    18 reviews

    Great vaudeville type show. All the stars and performers are fully enjoying their retirement by putting on these great shows. Different stars perform throughout the season. You have to see it at least once but really could enjoy it if you saw it multiple times. It is awesome, a real feel good show.

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  • 20

    Forever Marilyn

    19 reviews

    located in from of the Palm Springs Art Museum, this is iconic Palm Springs

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