Palm Springs is undoubtedly the number one holiday resort in California’. Set in the Colorado Desert, Palm Springs is a sunny vacation destination. It lures locals and travelers because of its mid-century architecture, Desert Hot Springs, wonderful golf resorts and those row upon row of the region’s signature palms. There is a fun vibe that moves across the wonderful city with warm weather that offers loads of opportunities for hikes and skiing during the cold weather. There is plenty to do and see here, and one could tour museums, shop, dine and explore the nearby mountains and canyons. Just make advance bookings at Palm Springs homes for rent to avoid last minute disappointments as there is always a rush here.
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Coachella Valley Preserve Coachella Valley Preserve is not a barren desert, but the 20,000-plus acres area is a lot more than just sand and brush. Located east of Palm Springs in the town of Thousand Palms, you can enjoy the preserve for free. There miles and miles of hiking paths that boast of rare wildlife, desert wetlands, and lush palm woodland oases. Enjoy looking at the wildflowers blossoming at different times of the year.
Ruddy’s General Store Museum Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley is certainly one of the few sparsely populated areas that boast of well-maintained General stores. A recreation of a 1930s general store, you will find authentic fixtures, signs, and products within a single room. You can shop for more than 6000-plus items here including biscuits, beauty aids, clothing, medicines, tobacco, hardware, soaps, and groceries.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Mount San Jacinto, located on the edge of Palm Springs, rises above 10,000 feet the desert floor. A good way to access it is via the scenic Aerial Tramway that happens to be the world’s largest rotating aerial tram car. Enjoy fantastic views of the desert from the Tramway, and it is indeed a refreshing treat to feel the fresh cool air. You can take hiking trails through the pine forest, and one of the trials runs to the summit of San Jacinto.
Joshua Tree National Park Joshua Tree National Park is like an oasis in the middle of the desert. The National Park is perched in the Little San Bernardino Mountains and caters to a variety of travelers. You can get spectacular views of the Coachella Valley and enjoy picnics at the picnic tables of the Hidden Valley. There are campgrounds, several picnic areas, restrooms and even a café in the National Park.
The Monkey Tree Hotel Desert Modernist designed this boutique hotel and the private 16-room hotel attracts an illustrious clientele and Hollywood celebrities. It is indeed the most excellent boutique hotel that has been recently renovated and furnished. The meticulously manicured courtyard of the hotel looks bright with yellow furniture and umbrellas. Other attractions include Scandinavian Spa, dry sauna, mid-century treasures and even a therapeutic spa.
Indian Canyons If you are looking to explore some stunningly beautiful desert scenery, then head for the Indian Canyons. The 15-mile long canyon just outside Palm Springs is lined with large palm trees and filled with a creek and waterfalls. It is indeed one of the most spectacular areas at Palm Canyon. Indian Canyons are very popular for hiking, and these canyons add color to the muted desert surroundings. You can enjoy a picnic here, go hiking to take a short stroll to the creek simply. Aanother oasis worth checking out is the Andreas Canyon, which is simply great for birdwatching.
The Living Desert This is indeed an extraordinary setting of a desert that is partly zoo and partly botanical garden. The handful of gardens boast of thousands of species of plants like prickly pear and agave and animals like mountain lions, meerkats, bighorn sheep and more. It is recommended that you visit early in the desert when the temperatures are cooler. You can feed the giraffes, and the park tickets can be purchased online.
Golfing in Palm Springs It is indeed a great joy to play golf at some lovely golf courses of Palm Springs, especially during the winter months. The temperatures are perfect in winters for that round of golf. Golf lovers take golf vacations especially for the incredibly scenic views of the arid mountains at a distance that make a stark contrast with the surrounding desert. Some of the most popular golf courses in the area include Willow Golf Resort, Marriott’s Shadow Ridge, Indian Canyons Golf Resort, Escena Golf Club and Classic Club.
Tahquitz Canyon Check out the Tahquitz Canyon if looking for Native American history and culture. This area boasts of a 60-foot waterfall and a great variety of flora and fauna as well as fantastic rock art. You can study different artifacts, buy souvenirs and watch a movie about the canyon. There are resorts, Museums, and canyons near the reservation as well. Outdoor enthusiasts can go hiking and climbing in the Tahquitz Canyon that is only open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Moorten Botanical Gardens In the Moorten Botanical Gardens, one will come across a huge display of cacti and desert plants with a great variety of plants and full grown trees. Enjoy the desert blooms in the spring and look at the trees turning green again. The gardens are lovingly looked after by Moorten’s family that has traveled all across the globe, collecting thousands of species of desert plants and amazing cacti.