Palm Springs and the Desert Resorts

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Palm Springs and the Desert Resorts - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

    1. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    One of the richest living natural-history museums in the nation, this state park is a vast, nearly uninhabited wilderness where you can step...Read More

    Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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  • 2. El Paseo

    Pedestrian Mall

    West of and parallel to Highway 111, this mile-long Mediterranean-style shopper's paradise is lined with fountains, courtyards, and upscale...Read More

  • 3. Galleta Meadows

    Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

    At Galleta Meadows, camels, llamas, saber-toothed tigers, tortoises, and monumental gomphotherium (a sort of ancient elephant) appear to roam...Read More

  • Indian Canyons

    4. Indian Canyons

    Canyon

    The Indian Canyons are the ancestral home of the Agua Caliente, part of the Cahuilla people. You can see remnants of their ancient life, including...Read More

    Indian Canyons
  • 5. Noah Purifoy Desert Art Museum of Assemblage Art

    Arts/Performance Venue

    This vast 10-acre art installation full of “assemblage art” on a sandy tract of land in the town of Joshua Tree honors the work of artist Noah...Read More

  • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

    6. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    A trip on the tramway provides a 360-degree view of the desert through the picture windows of rotating cars. The 2½-mile ascent through Chino...Read More

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  • 7. Palm Springs Air Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    This museum's impressive collection of World War II aircraft includes a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber, a P-51 Mustang, a Bell P-63 King Cobra...Read More

  • 8. The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands

    House/Mansion/Villa

    The stunning 25,000-square-foot winter home and retreat of the late Ambassador Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg opened to the public in 2012...Read More

  • The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

    9. The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

    Garden/Arboretum

    Come eye-to-eye with wolves, coyotes, mountain lions, cheetahs, bighorn sheep, golden eagles, warthogs, and owls at the Living Desert, which...Read More

    The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
  • 10. 29 Palms Art Gallery

    Museum/Gallery

    This gallery features work by local painters, sculptors, and jewelry makers inspired by the desert landscape. If you find yourself inspired...Read More

  • 11. Backstreet Art District

    Museum/Gallery

    Galleries and live-work studios just off East Canyon Drive showcase the works of a number of highly acclaimed artists. Painter and ceramicist...Read More

  • 12. Big Morongo Canyon Preserve

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Once a Native American village and later a cattle ranch, this preserve is a serene oasis around a natural spring generated by snowmelt from...Read More

  • 13. Boomers Palm Springs

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    At this mini–theme park you can play minigolf, drive bumper boats, climb a rock wall, drive a go-kart, swing in the batting cages, test your...Read More

  • 14. Cabot's Pueblo Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Cabot Yerxa, the man who found the spring that made Desert Hot Springs famous, built a quirky four-story, 35-room pueblo between 1939 and his...Read More

  • 15. Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert

    Museum/Gallery

    This museum features more than 80 hands-on exhibits, including a miniature rock-climbing area, a magnetic sculpture wall, make-it-and-take-it...Read More

  • 16. Coachella Valley History Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Learn about dates at this museum inside a former farmhouse. The exhibits here provide an intriguing glimpse into irrigation, harvesting, and...Read More

  • 17. Coachella Valley Preserve

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    For a glimpse of how the desert appeared before development, head northeast from Palm Springs to this preserve. It has a system of sand dunes...Read More

  • 18. Elvis's Honeymoon Hideaway

    House/Mansion/Villa

    The hideaway of the King of rock ’n’ roll and his young bride, Priscilla, during their first year of marriage, this house perches on a hilltop...Read More

  • 19. Hi-Desert Nature Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Natural and cultural history of the Morongo Basis and High Desert are the focus here. A small live-animal display includes scorpions, snakes...Read More

  • 20. Koffi

    Restaurant–Sight

    Locals often hit this chain to get their caffeine fix, and it's a fine pit stop for pastries, premade sandwiches, and bagels. This outpost is...Read More

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