Palm Springs and the Desert Resorts

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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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  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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 Nights pageant...Read More

  • 12. Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory

    Observatory

    Gaze at planets, star clusters, and galaxies, and learn about extraterrestrial life at this city-owned observatory next to the public library...Read More

  • 13. Salton Sea State Recreation Area

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    This huge recreation area on the sea's north shore draws thousands each year to its playgrounds, hiking trails, fishing spots, and boat launches...Read More

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