Region: American West
Time Zone: Pacific Time Zone (GMT -8)
Passport Required: No
Best for: Mid-Century Modern, historical museums, boutique shopping and relaxation
Don't miss: Hiking on the 100 hiking trails
Fun Fact: Frank Sinatra's former luxury home, complete with a piano-shaped swimming pool, is available today for vacation rentals, weddings and corporate events.
A little background
Greater Palm Springs is the perfect getaway for travelers seeking outdoor adventure, luxurious resorts, boutique hotels, pampering spas, championship golf courses, and a modern artist community with local designers and brand name shopping. Nine distinct cities make up this desert oasis. This potpourri of paradise includes Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio and Coachella. These diverse municipalities merge into one exciting destination located in the heart of Southern California. Surrounded by breathtaking views and with over 350 days of sunshine, visitors can explore a wide selection of attractions and signature events such as the Palm Springs International Film Festival, CareerBuilder Challenge Golf Tournament, Modernism Week, BNP Paribas Open, VillageFest, and Coachella Music & Arts Festival, to name a few.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
One of the best ways to see the Coachella Valley is from the Aerial Tramway. If the stunning 360-degree view of the desert aren't enough to bring you to the out of your hideaway, consider that this is the world's largest rotating aerial tramway. Getting to the top of the tram is an adventure in itself, but once you do, opportunities for activities abound, including having a meal overlooking the Coachella Valley or basking in the California sun.
Previously inhabited by Agua Caliente Cahuilla Indians, the Indian Canyons provide boundless opportunities for hiking, sightseeing, walking, photography and relaxing. The Indian Canyons are comprised of Palm Canyon, Tahquitz Canyon, Murray Canyon, and Andreas Canyon. All of the options offer something different and special. For example, the Andreas Canyon is known for its unusual rock formation, and peaceful setting that complement birdwatching, while the Tahquitz Canyon is home to a 60-foot waterfall (open seasonally), ancient irrigation system, and a theater room.
Palm Springs Air Museum
Rated by CNN as one of the Top 14 Air Museums in the world, the Palm Springs Air Museum is dedicated to the preservation, exhibition, and flight of aircraft from World War Two, Korean, and the Vietnam Wars. Visitors can delight in the up-close views of fighter and bomber jets, talk to pilots, climb inside exhibits, and even take a biplane ride. Make sure to stop at the Palm Springs Air Museum to be transported back in time.
Palm Canyon Drive
Located in the heart of Palm Springs, Palm Canyon Drive is packed with gems that give the city its character, including restaurants, galleries, shops and attractions. Shoppers can visit antique shops for one of a kind gifts, bookstores for unique reads and chocolate stores for sweet treats. Palm Canyon Drive also features a wide array of restaurants that offer different cuisines including American, French, Italian, Mexican, Thai and more. For a more relaxing day at the Drive, visit a spa to get a manicure, massage or haircut.