Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway#7 in Best Things To Do in Palm Springs
The Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway was first the Las Palmas estate, home to 1960s socialites Robert and Helene Alexander. In the mid-1960s, the Alexanders leased the home to none other than the King and his new bride Priscilla. The couple honeymooned at the estate, and nine months later their first and only child, Lisa, was born. Today, visitors can tour the home with an Elvis or Priscilla look-alike "tribute artist" or guide. Special events like an annual tribute concert are also hosted on-site.
Elvis Presley fans and architecture buffs alike enjoy touring this iconic home. Many past visitors, in fact, raved about the friendly and knowledgeable guides, though some wished there was more to see. Others said the entrance fee was a bit high.
Although walk-ups are permitted, space is limited, so consider purchasing your tour tickets on the property's website. Tours, which are offered daily at 1 and 3:30 p.m., cost $35 per adult and $15 for each child 11 and younger. Additional tour times are occasionally offered before special events. Facilities like a gift shop and a restaurant are not available on-site, but limited parking is provided. You'll find the Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway in central Palm Springs less than 2 miles northwest of the Palm Springs Art Museum.
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#1 Coachella Valley Preserve
The Coachella Valley Preserve may seem like a barren desert, but keep your eyes peeled and you'll see that its 20,000-plus acres are more than just sand and brush. The preserve encompasses the smaller Thousand Palms Oasis preserve, which boasts more than 25 miles of hiking paths. Along the trails you'll spot rare wildlife, lush palm woodland oases and desert wetlands, which at different times of the year blossom with wildflowers.
Before heading out, past visitors recommend stopping by the visitor center – located in a log cabin at the entrance of the park – to pick up a map of the trails. You can also download it here. Additionally, some suggested arriving early before temperatures become unbearable and the small parking lot fills up. And if you visit between October and March, consider joining one of the preserve's free guided hikes.
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