Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument

The spectacular aerial ride takes you up to a mountain station at 8,516 feet where there's a restaurant, bar, gift shop, picnic area, movie theater and access to 54...

  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Hiking
  • Food & drink
  • Cinema
  • Walking
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El Paseo Shopping District

Palm Desert

Billed as the Rodeo Drive of the Desert, the mile-long El Paseo Shopping District has over 300 high-end stores, boutiques, art galleries, jewelers and restaurants.

  • Shopping Street
  • Food & drink

Joshua Tree National Park

Riverside County

Joshua Tree National Park - where two deserts meet - is a 800,000-acre (over 3,000 sq. km) wilderness where the two distinct ecosystems of "high" desert (Mojave) and...

  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Park
  • Hiking
  • Eco Tourism
  • Walking
  • Performing arts

Hedge

Cathedral City

Hedge is an out-of-the-way gay-owned shop and gallery with an eclectic selection of vintage modern furniture, art and accessories. It's in a strip of warehouse-like...

  • Boutique

Village Fest

Downtown

Palm Springs stages a street fair and market downtown every Thursday night with three blocks of shopping, art, dining and entertainment. Nearby the Palm Springs

  • Food & drink

Wil Stiles

Uptown Design District

The Wall Street Journal called Wil Stiles the best clothing store in town. It's where the chic go for fashion, art, accessories and cruiser bikes.

  • Boutique

Agua Caliente Cultural Museum

Agua Caliente Cultural Museum focuses on the Cahuilla people, original inhabitants of the Coachella Valley and Southern California whose descendants run casinos...

  • Museum
  • Cultural & Historical
  • Art

Indian Canyons

Indian Canyons is a collection of lush ravines only five miles from downtown Palm Springs where you can get close to desert nature by foot or on horseback. On Agua...

  • Hiking
  • Eco Tourism
  • Outdoor Adventure

Backstreet Art District

South Palm Springs

Behind the Mercedes dealership off Hwy111/East Canyon Drive. the Backstreet Art District looks like a strip mall but is where to find artist-owned galleries and...

  • Commercial Center
  • Art

Bon Vivant

Uptown Design District

In the Palm Canyon Galleria, Bon Vivant has mid-century sculpture and metal art work, accessories and tchotchkes as well as vintage - California and international -

  • Boutique

Bump and Grind Trail

Palm Desert

The popular "Bump-n-Grind" Trail is a 3.4 mile (5 km) loop that climbs about 1,000 feet. It starts on Painters Path behind Target in Palm Desert and is accessible...

  • Walking
  • Hiking
  • Eco Tourism

Cabazon Outlets

Cabazon

Near the Morongo Casino, Cabazon Outlets is an open-air shopping plaza with some 20 brand-name shops including Oakley, Columbia Sportswear, Adidas and Le Creuset.

  • Commercial Center

Cabot's Pueblo Museum

Desert Hot Springs

On the National Register of Historic Places, Cabot's Pueblo Museum is housed in a rambling Hopi-style pueblo built by hand by an early 20th century homesteader with...

  • Museum
  • Art

Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert

Rancho Mirage

The Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert has over 80 hands-on educational exhibits, special events and camps. Activities include a rope maze, rock climbing,

  • Museum

Coachella Valley Preserve

Thousand Palms

Ten miles (16 km) east of Palm Springs in the Indio Hills, the Coachella Valley Preserve covers 17,000 acres (nearly 7,000 ha) that includes the Thousand Palm Oasis....

  • Natural Attraction
  • Eco Tourism
  • Hiking
  • Outdoor Adventure

Desert Adventure Red Jeep Tours

Since 1987, Desert Adventure Red Jeep Tours has been making it easy for visitors to explore the desert environment, day and night, but it also has its own 800-acre...

  • Eco Tourism
  • Cultural & Historical
  • Night tour
  • Hiking

Desert Hills Premium Outlets

Cabazon

With 180 designer stores, Desert Hills Premium Outlets is the largest collection of luxury outlets in California. It is a 20-minute drive from Palm Springs, but

  • Commercial Center

Earthquake Canyon Bike Ride

Palm Desert

Take an easy-to-modern bike spin through the heart of the San Andreas Fault Zone, following a paved road with views of the Salton Sea, Mt. San Jacinto, the...

  • Sports
  • Outdoor Adventure

Gay Mart USA

Warm Sands

Sort of a gay Walmart, Gay Mart boasts a top selection of swim suits and skivvies, including Andrew Christian underwear. Across from Hunters, it specializes in...

  • Specialty Shop
  • Other

JP Denmark

Cathedral City

JP Denmark is a treasure trove of vintage Danish modern furniture and accessories in imported teakwood and rosewood. It is in the Perez Art and Design Center along

  • Boutique

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

Palm Desert

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens - used to be the Living Desert Museum - is a public desert botanical garden with zoo on 1,200 protected acres (nearly 500 ha)....

  • Playground
  • Eco Tourism
  • Zoo

Moorten Botanical Garden

South Palm Springs

The Moorten Botanical Garden is a desert arboretum the Moortens established on the family estate in 1938. Slim Moorten was a contortionist who was one of the...

  • Museum
  • Eco Tourism

Old Town La Quinta

La Quinta

Old Town La Quinta is an outdoor shopping and dining village whose architecture is inspired by Old California. It also hosts a seasonal art show, farmers market,

  • Outdoor Plaza
  • Art
  • Performing arts
  • Food & drink

Palm Springs Air Museum

Airport

The Palm Springs Air Museum displays military aircraft from WWII, Korea and Vietnam in air-conditioned hangars. The museum is unique in that it is one of the world's...

  • Museum
  • Cultural & Historical
  • Outdoor Adventure

Palm Springs Art Museum

Downtown

Founded in 1938 as the Palm Springs Desert Museum, the museum has grown into a cultural center with a world-class art collection, a vibrant performing arts program,...

  • Performing arts
  • Museum
  • Cultural & Historical
  • Art

Perez Art and Design Center

Cathedral City

The Perez Art and Design Center, formerly known as Resale Row, is a collection of vintage furniture and design shops in a strip of warehouse-style buildings - more...

  • Cultural & Historical
  • Art

Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument

Palm Desert

The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument is a vast and challenging outback wilderness where the hardy can bike, hike or explore on horseback. You...

  • Eco Tourism
  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Park
  • Hiking

Stonewall Golfers

Stonewall Golfers is an association of gay and lesbian golfers that holds an average of three golfing and social events a month and sponsors several major...

  • Sports

Sunnylands Center and Gardens

Rancho Mirage

Sunnylands Center and Gardens has entertained so many US president that it is known as Camp David West. The former Mid-Century Modern estate of the late Ambassador...

  • Park
  • Museum
  • Eco Tourism
  • Cultural & Historical

Temecula Wine Country

Riverside County

An hour's drive southwest of Palm Springs, the Temecula wine country has more than 30 wineries producing over 50 different varietals. You can do a self-guided tour...

  • Food & drink
  • Cultural & Historical