Palm Springs Air Museum#8 in Best Things To Do in Palm Springs
The Palm Springs Air Museum boasts an extensive collection of aircraft from World War II, including planes that range from the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress to the Grumman F7F Tigercat to the Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star. The planes are positioned throughout the museum, not unlike the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
Several previous visitors said this attraction was "one of the best museums in Palm Springs" and served as a "great place to beat the heat," adding that its kids area, where children can sit in airplane cockpits, is a must if you're visiting with little ones. What's more, many appreciated the property's informative and friendly volunteers.
Museum admissions cost $16.50 for adults; $14.50 for seniors, retired military members and children ages 13 to 17; and $9.50 for kids between 6 and 12. Family passes for one or two adults and up to three children ages 6 through 12 are also offered for $36. All active members of the military and kids younger than 5 get in for free. Tickets can be reserved in advance on the museum's website.
The Palm Springs Air Museum sits next to Palm Springs International Airport, approximately 4 miles east of the city center. A free parking lot, a gift shop, restrooms and a cafe are available on-site. The property is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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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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