Palm Springs and the Desert Resorts

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  • 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

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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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 6. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

    Viewpoint

    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, Vietnam, and Korea aircraft includes a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber, a Bell P-63 King Cobra...Read More

  • 8. Sunnylands Center & Gardens

    Historic Home

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

  • 9. The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

    Zoo/Aquarium

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

  • 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

    Historic Home

    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. Faye Sarkowski Sculpture Garden

    Museum/Gallery

    This 4-acre desert garden at the west entrance to El Paseo holds 14 cutting-edge works by contemporary sculptors, including Donald Judd, Betty...Read More

  • 20. 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

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