The hustle and bustle of city life in Palm Springs can sometimes get overwhelming and you may find yourself needing a break to get back to nature and re-center yourself. There are many places in the valley that you can visit to do just that.
We have picked out 8 interesting, fun and unforgettable day trips to take in the valley.
Highway 111 is the main road that takes you from the northern part to the southern part of the Coachella Valley. You can access nearly any city in the valley easily from Highway 111.
Adding to the accessibility it offers, there is beautiful scenery and roadside attractions. So if you want to travel the 111, get an early start so you can go end to end for an amazing day trip through the valley. Statues, sculptures, interactive water fountains, and so many more interesting pieces of public art. Make sure to take a look at the sculpture of the “sinking boy” in Palm Desert.
Our article entitled Public Art Everyone Should See Along Highway 111 has more fascination roadside attractions along the 111.
Overlooking Palm Springs is the majestic mountain village of Idyllwild. Just a little over an hour south of Palm Springs, you will find beautiful rental cabins, restaurants, hiking trails, camping and some of the most unique art you have ever seen including the life-like handmade deer sculptures standing proudly throughout the village. You can find all types of cuisine, tastings, and shops while you get some much-needed r&r. The small town vibe is undeniable as all the businesses are locally owned giving you that down-home feeling.
If you decide to hike a trail or two, expect to see a large diversity of both plant and animal life. One unique plant is called the Dodder. It is known as the “thief among plants” because it steals water and nutrients from neighboring plants. Both the Cheeseburger Bird and the endangered Bighorn Sheep hold residence here. If you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of them.
The article Nature Lovers Will Enjoy Idyllwild Hiking Trails covers so much more than we are able to list here, give it a read.
Spanning the west coast from the Canadian border to the Mexican border are continuous trails all of the different terrains and difficulty with different entry points throughout the trail system. You can set out on a challenging adventure to hike from one end to the other or just hike a section for an exciting day trip.
This article The Pacific Crest Trail Is Like Route 66 For Hikers gives you some suggestions about different access points from the quaint little village of Idyllwild. We’ll let you know what to expect whether you’re going north or south. So grab your gear and let’s get hiking.
If you are looking for an amazing day trip, may we suggest taking the short 100-mile drive south of Palm Springs to visit Anza Borrego State Park? It is the largest state park in California and second only to Adirondack Park in northern New York.
A huge attraction at the park are the like life metal sculptures that cover 10-acres of this barren landscape. Expect to see spiders, turtles, elephants and let us not forget the huge scorpion that measures 350-feet that stretches across the road.
There are many other things to do at this park. You can explore on your own or enlist the help of a knowledgeable guide for your daily excursion. You can explore on foot, bicycle or horseback. There are also family learning programs, camping, picnic areas and so much more to be discovered here.
Find out what Things To Do And See At Anza Borrego State Park
There are some trails that are rarely traveled conveniently located about an hour from Palm Springs. Of these are The Mojave Trails National Monument, The Sand to Snow National Monument and The Castle Mountains National Monument. This is a perfect day trip if you want to enjoy the outdoors without having to fight the crowds.
Because these monument sites do not have a lot of foot traffic, you can expect rough terrain and paths that have not been maintained, because of this, you will not find the same amenities as more populated areas. But don’t let this deter you, the joy of discovering these areas is well worth your time.
There are three of these monument sites in the federal park system just an hour outside of Palm Springs. The three combined occupies 1.7 million acres of mountain, trails, monuments, wildlife, and flora. It’s a quiet desert paradise. Get your view of these monuments in their natural beauty before they become busy with foot traffic.
Find out more about these amazing monuments in our article: Enjoy New Desert Monuments While They Are Untouched
There are many trails in and around Palm Springs that offer some exciting views and photo ops. But not all of them have to be explored on foot. There are many trails that are perfect for a bike. You can grab a map from the visitors center or get a tour guide. He or she knows the trails well and can also give you a short history lesson on your ride.
If you want to stick to the black top, there are many bike routes throughout the city. There are three different bike routes. One type is designated specifically for bicycles, there is very little, if any, vehicular traffic on these trails. The second type is a clearly marked trail on a street; you will see a few cars on this type of trail. The third type of trail requires that you share the road with vehicles and other pedestrians.
There are a number of bike rental places in the area. You can get everything from a manual bike to an electric bike. All rentals come with a complimentary lock and helmet.
We wanted to give you an idea about some of these routes for you, so we created XPLOR Presents Bike Routes For You To Explore In The Valley, there is also a special map included in this article. Check it out.
Load up the kids and the car and head toward Cabazon to visit Mr. Rex and all of his friends. He’s said to be the largest dinosaur in the world. The Cabazon Dinosaur Museum is a very short drive from Palm Springs. Just head North on Palm Canyon Drive. It will take about 20 minutes to get there.
With such a short drive, the family will have plenty of time to walk through the museum and they can climb all the way to the top of Mr. Rex. At the entrance is a sculpture of both Mr. Rex and Miss Dinny. As you explore the grounds, you will encounter many other types of dinos from T Rex to Velociraptors. Make sure to visit the Robotic Dino exhibit.
Want to know more about this amazing prehistoric museum? Take a look at this article: Cabazon Dinosaurs: The History Behind The Historic Monument
A visit to the wine country is a perfect choice for an exciting day trip. The drive is roughly 90 miles from Palm Springs and will take about 2 hours, traveling west on CA-74. The landscape of the Valley is altogether different than the desert mountains in Palm Springs. In fact, once you reach the Valley, you will feel like you are in a different world. Temecula has gorgeous homes with white picket fences and acres of vineyards.
Napa Valley is not the only place where a wine lover can visit to sample locally grown wines. In fact, with more than 30 wineries, wine lovers will find sparkling to still and dry to desert wines made from locally sourced grapes. The Temecula Valley, with its nearly identical climate as Napa Valley, allows the local farmers to plant, maintain and create some of the most diverse wine selection you can find in Southern California.
Clear your calendars so you can attend the annual barrel tasting event every January. An article on our blog called Temecula Valley: California’s Wine Country can tell you all about the wine country.
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