The Palm Spring in the United States of America has been beckoning visitors for a long time. It is basically a resort destination that is sprouted with acres of arid and picturesque landscapes and golf courses. This weekend destination is one among the favorites of people. But since people always adhere to other plans that they have for their weekends, this place is often missed. Though it is pretty hot in summer, the pools make it one of the most sought-after places. So, for the people who have the plan of touring the Palm Springs in the back seat, here is a list that states the best places to visit in Palm Springs.
Let's explore Palm Springs points of interest and 15 best things to do in Palm Springs:
1. The Aerial Tramway in Palm Springs
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Nothing can beat this unique way of experiencing the beautiful and dramatic natural scenic beauty of Palm Springs. Because one would be in the sky, the bird-eye view of everything below would just be ravishing. This rotating Tram car is also the largest in the world. Covering a distance of 5.5 miles, the cable tram takes the visitors to the Chino Canyon. Further, it comes with a dine-in package as well and thus this experience is a must for everyone. It can also be recommended as the finest place to say the three special words to the special partner of your life.
2. The Visitor’s center, the all in one place
People might just visit here for all the related information about Palm Springs. But this place can be visited without any important information-hunting as well. It is known for its famous architectural design that is definitely admirable. The Space Age structure, which was opened in the year 1965, was actually a gas station back then. But later, when Robson Chambers and Albert Frey’s retro design got slated for the wrecking ball in the late ’90s, it was converted into a visitors’ center so that the tourists could gather all the necessary information about Palm Springs from here.
3. The Living Desert Zoo and Garden, one of the best things to do in the Palm Desert
Deserts are always expected to be dry, arid and devoid of life because of its scarcity of water and extreme weather conditions. But this dessert, at Palm Springs, has life in it. Located just a few miles outside the main areas of Palm Spring, this outdoor locale has a unique amalgamation of the American and African environment. Animals, such as wild cats and giraffes, can be easily spotted along with the hoofed animals of the desert. If a person wants, he/she can even feed the Giraffes or opt for a leisure camel ride. Moreover, either way, the cost is just $6 (USD).
4. Palm Springs Air Museum, a place for the rare collection
It is very rare for an air museum to be constructed. This site is rare due to the enormous maintenance cost that it incurs. Hence, it’s a golden chance to witness the man-made wonders from the time of World War II and also the Korean and Vietnamese-era combat. One would find as many as around 40 planes, some of which can be flown and static, displayed across three warehouses. The planes range from the B-17 flying fortress to even the F-4 fighter jet. There is also a couple of aircraft like PBY Catalina Flying Boat and C-47 and many more.
5. Indian Canyons offers a touch of nature
Indian Canyon is a collection of three canyons taken together, namely- Palm, Murray, and Andreas. This place, located just six miles away from the central spot, is the land of a native tribe named-Agua Caliente. The Indian Canyon offers a lot of hiking trails and would be ideal for some adventure. Further, this place can be a good shopping destination as well. Pottery, made and painted by the natives, are available for sale. Thus this place amalgamates adventure with shopping and would be recommended as a must-visit for anyone. The breathtaking scenery to be witnessed on a horseback will be cherished forever.
6. Tahquitz Canyon, the wonder that nature offers
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Waterfall amidst the desert! Well, that is definitely not an oasis but a 50-foot waterfall. That is where the surprise lies. It is known as the Tahquitz Canyon, which is a two-mile loop that leads to a wonderful waterfall. Located within the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians reservation, this waterfall differs from those which are filled with graffiti. This is all because of the maintenance that is carried on, funded from an entry fee of $12.5. So why wait when one can have a once in a lifetime experience of seeing this wonderful creation of Mother Nature that juxtaposes desert and waterfall together?
7. Palm Springs Art Museum
Who could have thought that Palm spring would have a museum? Well, quite surprisingly enough, it has. The museum has a collection of sculptures, contemporary paintings and art glasses from personalities like Sam Francis, Henry Moore, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell as well as Edward Ruscha and Mark di Suvero. There are many exhibitions that take place and their theme often focuses on the cultures of the desert and includes its modernism, the American West and Native Americans as well. Further, this mid-sized museum also operates a local satellite location which is free.
8. Coachella Valley, one of the places where romanticism can hit you hard
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This valley marks the beginning of the Desert in America. The destination is known for the winter crops that can be grown here. Rich with vegetation, this desert lies even below the sea level. The valley has two names - Cahuilla and Conchilla - which mean “little shell”. But the present name is given to it because of its map and size. This is a romantic destination as well. Hence, being here with the loved ones is never a bad idea.
9. Windmill Tour, a windy timeout
Ever noticed how windmills help in generating power and electricity? If not, then this is the place to be. Located near the mainland, one should opt for a guided tour to understand the process of wind being converted into a source of energy. There are exhibits like photos and models which help the tourists to get knowledge about the history of windmills and wind power generation. Thus, the interesting facts make this unique tour a must.
10. El Jefe can be included among the nightlife in Palm Springs
Known for serving Mexican street food, this restaurant is located in the elegant boutique hotel named Saguaro, which can be found on the East Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. The place is known for the famous chef Jose Garcia, who serves excellent simple dishes, such as Tacos, with a lot of varieties along with other stuff on the menu that includes Chozo, refried beans, sausages and many more. This is definitely a must-visit for all the food lovers.
11. Rio Azul, the authenticity of Mexicana
Though this is a Mexican restaurant too, it is also known for using the authentic and age-old family recipes that keep the taste of the food deliciously intact. The celebrated soup “Abuelita’s Albondigas” was actually made by the grandmother of the present chief. The homemade and rustic taste, along with authentic flavors, offer a potboiler and thus, being in this place is a must. The communal atmosphere, with terracotta walls, makes the place even more inviting.
12. Desert adventure, the best you can get
Getting along with the group that has been offering safe and packed family adventure trails which includes sightseeing tours, hiking, school programs, meeting and even wedding events sometimes. The educational value of the sightseeing is very impressive and thus collaborating them is a must when one is in Palm Springs.
13. Tonga Hut adds colors to the life
Bars and beers are never out of fashion. Hence, being on a holiday calls for some colorful drinks with umbrellas sticking out, an amazing sign when you booze. With dark-panel walls, this place adds up to the ambiance like no other. This is why this legendary restaurant, which is 55 years old and famously known as the North Hollywood Tonga Hut, is must visit, especially for all the mocktails and the cocktails.
14. Visit Cheeky for a Sumptuous Breakfast
Being in Palm Springs and not having a fine breakfast at Cheeky would be a huge loss. The snowbird and umbrella-covered tables and the dash of hipster feel add an extra tinge. The outdoor seating makes it the most popular in the region, along with a good quality and sumptuous breakfast along with non-alcoholic drinks. For touring, it is a big hit and thus, being here is a must.
15. The Ace Hotel, an exotic escape
Located at a distance of a short ride from the downtown Palm Springs, this hotel offers all the necessities of an exotic vacation with its ‘bohemian organic’ ambiance. With pools, WiFi, fireplaces and kids’ special area, this hotel surely attracts tourists. Further, if any wishes to visit the destinations like Salvation Mountain or the Salton Sea, this place is the best option for a stay.
With so much on offer, being in this place would definitely make anyone enjoy the weekends with their family or loved ones.