Palm Springs, California

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Dave's recommendations for first timers to PS

Palm Springs Tram

Local hiking - either Indian Canyons or Tahquitz Canyon

Villagefest - every Thursday evening

Palm Springs Art Museum

Joshua Tree National Park

Dave's recommendations for seasoned PS veterans

Sunnylands (Annenberg estate) - advanced tickets needed

San Andreas Fault (Coachella Valley Preserve-Thousand Palms Oasis)

Shields Date Gardens (Indio)

Idyllwild, CA

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Palm Springs Attractions (online links)

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Annenberg Theater 
101 Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Located at the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Annenberg Theater is a state-of-the-art 433-seat theater with continental seating and nearly perfect acoustics, home to vibrant performances of jazz, dance, comedy, classical and contemporary vocal groups, chamber ensembles and more. Theater

Art Galleries 
Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs 
El Paseo Drive in Palm Desert. 

Art Galleries Besides Golf and the Palm Springs Nightlife, Art is the big attraction in the Palm Springs area. There are over a hundred galleries to choose from and many are widely recognized for their ability to showcase the 'up and coming' in the art world…

Various locations throughout 
Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley.

Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley boast some of the newest and most beautiful casinos in all of Southern California. Here you will enjoy the new Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs, Casino Morongo, Fantasy Springs Casino, Agua Caliente Casino, Spotlight 29 Casino ...Casinos

El Paseo Shops
El Paseo Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260

El Paseo ShopsStroll along El Paseo, a unique shopper's paradise located in the heart of Palm Desert, and find over 300 delightful discoveries including fashion, accessories, dining, home furnishings, jewelry and art. On El Paseo, there truly are treasures

Golf & Tee-Times
Various locations throughout 
Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley.

Book Your Golf Tee Times!

What skiing is to Aspen and gambling is to Las Vegas, Golf is to Palm Springs. With over a hundred Golf Courses and tournaments (Skins Game, Nabisco Dinah Shore), Palm Springs is the Golf Capitol of the World!...Palm Springs Golf

Indian Canyons 
Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians
Tribal Council Office 

Fifteen miles long, Palm Canyon is one of the great beauty spots in Western North America. Its indigenous flora and fauna are breathtaking contrasts to the stark, rocky gorges and barren desert lands beyond. Visit the Trading Post for hiking maps, refreshments, Indian art and artifacts, jewelry and conversational cultural lore.Indian Canyons

Joshua Tree National Park
74485 National Monument Dr.
Twenty Nine Palms, CA 92277

The nearly 800,000 acre park encompasses some of the most interesting geologic displays found in California's deserts. Arroyos, playas, alluvial fans, bajadas, pediments, desert varnish, granites, aplite, and gneiss interact to form a giant desert mosaic of immense beauty and complexity.Joshua Tree National Park

Living Desert
47-900 Portola Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Magnificent cats. Howling wolves. Breathtaking botanical gardens. Stroll, hike, dine and shop amid 1200 acres of scenic trails and exhibits. When you visit the African wildlife exhibits at The Living Desert, you will see some of the most unique and fascinating fauna found in what most people think as the “wasteland” of the world: the desert. ...Living Desert

Los Angeles & Anaheim attractions       The attractions of Los Angeles and Anaheim are just over a 2 hour drive away from Palm Springs, and perfect for a day trip.

Moorten Botanical Gardens
1701 South Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, California 92264

The Moorten Botanical Gardens boasts 3,000 examples of desert cacti and plants grouped by geographic regions: Arizona, Baja California, California, Colorado, the Mojave desert, the Sonora desert, South Africa, arid South America, and Texas. Outdoor collections include agaves, bombax ...Moorten Botanical Gardens

Palm Canyon Drive 
Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Palm Canyon Drive Home of the Palm Springs Walk of Stars and beautifully lined with majestic palm trees continuously lit in a wrapping of sparkling lights, Palm Canyon Drive (and Indian Canyon Drive beside it) features a goldmine of art galleries, restaurants, pubs and every kind of shop. Thursday nights are a must when the street is closed to traffic. ...

Palm Springs Air Museum 
745 North Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, CA 92262

The Palm Springs Air Museum is dedicated to the restoration, preservation and operation of America's legendary fighters, bombers and trainer. It contains one of the world's largest collections of flying WWII airplanes. The significance of World War Two is unparalleled in all of the history of the world in that it was the greatest, most costly conflict ever fought, taking the lives of more than 70 million people. It was Air Power that altered the outcome of that war and forever changed the lives of every person alive today. ...

Palm Springs Art Museum
101 Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262

The 125,000-square-foot Palm Springs Art Museum's permanent collections include 20th-century modern and contemporary art, Western American and Native American art, Mesoamerican artifacts, miniatures, two sculpture gardens with an international ...Palm Springs Art Museum

Palm Springs 
Convention Center

277 North Avenida Caballeros 
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Free Meeting Planner Guide!

The Palm Springs Convention Center provides a casual but elegant ambience for conventions, exhibitions and trade shows year round. On forty magnificent acres just three blocks from chic downtown amenities and Palm Canyon Drive, the Center also provides a new dimension to corporate meetings and other ...Palm Springs

Palm Springs TRAM
One Tramway Road
Palm Springs
, CA. 92262

Ascend 8,000 in the world's largest rotating tramcars. It is forty degrees colder at the top and a completely different world (more like the Smokey Mountains) than Palm Springs below. Great hiking, horse back riding, in winter, cross country skiing and, of course, incredible views ...

San Diego attractions   The attractions of San Diego are just over a 2 hour drive away from Palm Springs, and perfect for a day trip.

Everywhere in Palm Springs! 

The weather is fabulous in Palm Springs because of one reason - the San Jacinto Mountains. Rising nearly vertically 9,000 feet beside Palm Springs, it is one of the steepest climbs in North America and the reason why the rain (and pollution) in Los Angeles can't get here!

Whale Watching & Sportfishing
Newport Landing 
309 Palm Street, Suite A 
Balboa, CA 92661 

Most people don't realize that Newport and Laguna Beach are a short 90 minute drive from Palm Springs! It's a great way to experience the best of both Southern California worlds ...

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Additional Palm Springs Attractions

 Palm Springs Celebrity Homes Tour, Palm Springs

4751 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs , California, 92262 
Tel: 760 770 2700

Check out how the other half lives on this witty tour past the homes of Bob Hope, Goldie Hawn, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Liberace, Elvis, and Dean Martin. Tours range from one hour ($30) to two and a half hours ($35).

 San Andreas Fault, Palm Springs

555 S. Sunrise Way, Suite 200, Palm Springs , California, 92264 
Tel: 800 514 4866

See what everyone's quivering and quaking about on this air-conditioned Hummer tour to the famous fissure and surrounding geological formations.


Located on Agua Caliente tribal land, the canyons are a must-see. Undisturbed natural beauty is combined with remarkably easy access - the canyons are located just minutes from downtown Palm Springs.
S. Palm Canyon Dr., five miles from the center of Palm Springs. 


Learn how 3,500-plus windmills generate one and a half percent of California's electricity. Bring your cameras and hang on to your hats! Guided tours daily. Reservations required. Windmill Tours - Wed. thur Sat at 9:00a 11:00a and 2:00p 
Spa Resort & Casino 
760 320-1365 
100 N. Indian Canyon

Best of the Best Tours

Indian Canyon Tour - $35

Palm Springs Rich & Famous Tour - $25



One of our true treasures. Open for guided tours and located near the heart of down-town Palm Springs. Visitor center, gift shop, maps.
500 W. Mesquite, Palm Springs 


Fantasy Balloon Flights



Jeep Tours, Waking & Hiking Tours, Sightseeing Tours


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Palm Springs Events


Held every Thursday evening (except holidays) on North Palm Canyon Dr, from Baristo Rd, to Amado Rd, featuring vendors, food, entertainment and Farmers Market. 

From 6-10 pm



In Palm Desert, is held every weekend starting at 7 am until 12 pm with more than 250 vendors, arts & crafts, food and entertainments.  Free admission & parking.  Easy entry and parking off Magnesia Falls & Monterey in Palm Desert




Every Wednesday & Saturday from 4-10 pm at the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival grounds





Find impressive savings at Coach, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Elie Tahari, Gap Outlet, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Lacoste, J.Crew, Loro Piana, MaxMara, Polo Ralph Lauren, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tod's, Yves Saint Laurent, Zegna and many more. West of Palm Springs.

·                        48400 Seminole Drive, Cabazon, CA 92230   (951) 849-6641


Shopping, antiques, restaurants, hiking trails, horseback and carriage rides and more…

High above the desert, just far enough away from the heat, is the town of Idyllwild, located in the San Jacinto Mountains.  A one hour drive from Palm Springs, via California scenic Hwy 243 or Hwy 74 through the Santa Rosa/San Jacinto National Monument.

Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce 1-888-659-3259

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