Palm Springs and the Desert Resorts Sights

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 during your stay.

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Boomers Palm Springs

  • Amusement Park/Water Park

At this minitheme park you can play minigolf, drive bumper boats, climb a rock wall, drive a go-kart, swing in the batting cages, test...

Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert

  • Museum/Gallery

This museum features a number of hands-on exhibits, including a miniature rock-climbing area, a magnetic sculpture wall, make-it-and-take-it...

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,...

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...

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...

Hi-Desert Nature Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Creatures that make their homes in Joshua Tree National Park are the focus here. A small live-animal display includes scorpions, snakes,...

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,...

Living Desert

  • Garden/Arboretum

Come eye-to-eye with wolves, coyotes, mountain lions, cheetahs, bighorn sheep, golden eagles, warthogs, and owls at the 1,800-acre Living...

National Date Festival and Riverside County Fair

  • Festival–Sight

Indio celebrates its raison d'être each February at its date festival and county fair. The mid-month festivities include an Arabian...

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...

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