XPLORs Guide to the Best Sight-Seeing in Palm Springs

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Vista Point

Whether you are on your way to San Diego or are just looking for a great place to look over the entire Coachella Valley, Vista Point is a must stop for every visitor. About a five mile drive up Highway 74 in Palm Desert is a small turnout for drivers. Here, Vista Point offers unparalleled views of the Greater Palm Springs Area. On clear days, you can see everything from the San Jacinto Mountains and Palm Springs in the west to the San Gorgonio Mountains and the Salton Sea to the east. Watch truly breathtaking sunsets, as the sun disappears behind the mountains and the Desert floor comes to life with light. Whenever you go, don’t forget to bring your camera!

Walk of Stars

A historical landmark, Palm Springs Walk of Stars was founded in 1992 and honors individuals with a Golden Palm Star embedded on the sidewalks of Palm Springs. Honorees must have, by their presence in the area, contributed to the charm, worldwide prominence and name recognition of Greater Palm Springs.

Currently, there are 372 Stars, which are located on the sidewalks of Palm Canyon Drive, Tahquitz Canyon Way and Museum Drive.

Historical Societies

A great way to learn about the history of the Valley is to visit one of our local Historical Societies. Some of these include:

Palm Springs- Located on The Village Green Heritage Center, 221 South Palm Canyon Drive. 760-323-8926. Learn more about walking tours on our Calendar.

Palm Desert – Located in an old firehouse at 72861 El Paseo Drive. 760-346-6588

Coachella Valley History Museum – Located within a historical campus, including the historic 1909 Indio Schoolhouse and the world’s only Date Museums. 82616 Miles Ave, Indio. 760-342-6651.

Public Art

As you drive throughout the Greater Palm Springs Area, you will notice various forms of public art. From statues to murals, you will never know what you will find around the next corner. The cities of Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Cathedral City, Indio, and Coachella all have their own public art departments.

In Palm Desert, The Public Art Department’s primary responsibility is the collection, placement, and maintenance of public art within the Palm Desert community.  In 1986, the City of Palm Desert was the first in Riverside County to adopt a public art ordinance, requiring developers to place art as part of developments or pay a fee to the Art in Public Places fund. In addition, the ordinance also requires that public building participates in the program. The funds are used to purchase art for placement throughout the community. The Public Art Program creates an artistic harmony between the City’s buildings, landscaping and open spaces.

Hiking

Believe it or not, some of the best hiking trails in all of the United States are found around the Greater Palm Springs Areas. From hidden palm groves and natural rushing springs to gigantic rock formations and thousand-year-old cave drawing, your hike can take you to another world.

When hiking, always remember to be safe. Travel in groups of two or more people, stay on marked trails, watch out for wildlife, wear proper shoes and clothing, and bring lots of water and sunscreen.

Some notable trails include:

Indian Canyons

Mecca Hills

Cottonwood Springs

Desert “Bump-n-Grind”

Whitewater Preserve

Spitler Peak Trail

 

These are only the tip of the iceberg as far as sight-seeing in the Valley goes. Come on over to our BLOG to read about sight-seeing destinations and more. While you’re there, take a look at our Events Calendar. We keep you up-to-date on daily events and activities.

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