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Best Things To Do in Palm Springs

This isn't a place where you should pack your schedule: Embrace Palm Springs' relaxed mentality by enjoying time by the pool, at the spa and on the links. Pools and golf courses cover the desert landscape, but if you're interested, there's much more to do than just sunbathing and swinging golf clubs. For instance, the Palm Springs Art Museum boasts an impressive collection for its small size, and Elvis' Honeymoon Hideaway offers a glimpse of the area's star-studded past. Meanwhile, the surrounding canyons and mountains provide ample opportunities for warm weather hikes and cold weather cross-country skiing.

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#1
Coachella Valley Preserve Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The Coachella Valley Preserve may seem like barren desert landscape, but keep your eyes peeled and you'll see that ... read more»

#2
Joshua Tree National Park
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Joshua Tree National Park is an oasis in the center of the desert. From Hidden Valley (which features a nice ... read more»

#3
Palm Springs Art Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The Palm Springs Art Museum, which was founded in 1938, contains a stunning collection of works, including pieces by big ... read more»

#4
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The city of Palm Springs rests in the shadows of the San Jacinto Mountains. The towering, snow-topped peaks of Southern ... read more»

#5
Escena Golf Club
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Experts and casual players alike say the 18-hole, par 72 course at Escena is the place to golf in Palm ... read more»

#6
The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Living Desert is half-zoo and half-botanical garden, all in the extraordinary setting of a desert. Along with animals like ... read more»

#7
Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway was first the Las Palmas Estate, home to 1960s socialites Robert and Helene Alexander. In the ... read more»

#8
Palm Springs Air Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Palm Springs Air Museum boasts an extensive collection of aircraft from World War II, including planes that range from ... read more»

#9
Agua Caliente Indian Canyons
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Some visitors refer to the Agua Caliente Indian Canyons as Palm Springs' best-kept secret. These canyons, which consist of the ... read more»

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