Palm Springs is a desert resort city located in Riverside County, California.
Running out of things to do in Palm Springs is next to impossible. There are many tours that you can take to learn about mid-century architecture and design or the culture of the indigenous people of the area. Palm Springs also has many museums, outdoor activities and so much more. Locals and visitors love the many outdoors activities. A weekend is not enough to visit all these places.
Mid-century modern architecture, the arts, and culture let us not forget shopping are other characteristics of the area. About 2,000 years ago, Cahuilla Band of Indians were the first to settle the area. Remnants of their reservations can still be found in the canyons.
Palm Springs is known for its huge diversity of shopping venues. The possibilities are endless; from upscale shops to street fairs, there’s sure to be something for everyone.
The drag just north of downtown Palm Springs, known as the Uptown Design District is a modern design lovers’ dream come true! Here design mavens can find mid-century modern goods, contemporary arts, antiques, and vintage items. You will also find clothiers, coffee shops, art events, and restaurants.
Make a stop at The River in Rancho Mirage, where you will revel in the beauty of the beautiful river situated at the corner of HWY 111 and Bob Hope Drive. Most of this shopping center is outside. In the center is a gorgeous fountain for shoppers to enjoy. In addition to purchasing art and browsing lovely boutiques, there are special events to participate in. The winter months offer a skating rink while there are concerts on Friday and Saturday night in the Spring.
The VillageFest is held on Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs every Thursday night at 6 PM from October – May and at 7 PM from June – September. Shoppers can browse over 180 shops and stalls are open to the public. This is an exciting experience for the entire family, even your furry best friend is welcome. Find food, arts, crafts and enjoy live entertainment.
Have a look at the other types of Shopping venues in the Palm Springs area.
Directly in the heart of Palm Springs is the Palm Springs Art Museum. This is home to modern and contemporary art. Architecture and design, glass pieces, photography and other mediums. Outside there are two sculpture gardens and a bistro. Make sure to visit the museum store to take home some unique trinkets.
The Artize Gallery is in the Backstreet Art District area of the city. The gallery houses internationally acquired pieces of contemporary art. After you stroll through this gallery, there are more to choose from and it’s worthwhile to make a stop at one of the working galleries nearby.
Have a thirst for knowledge and a desire to learn the history of Palm Springs? Then make sure you visit as many museums as possible during your visit. They are a great way to experience fine art and learn of the history of Palm Springs through guided tours.
Are you looking to be taken back in time to a place where things were easier and much simpler? Then a visit to Cabot’s Pueblo Museum is just the place or you! This museum was built by Cabot Yerxa using only reclaimed materials he found in the area. Entering the building is a like a step back in time. They are dirt floors and you can see the hands of Cabot on every wall door and window in the home. Tours are offered by a friendly knowledgeable guide during the months of October – May from 9 AM – 4 PM and from 9 AM – 1 PM during the months of June – September.
Learn more about these and other Museums here.
If you are looking to visit some historic celebrity homes, you can take a tour of the Old Las Palmas area. During this tour, luxury mavens will see the home of Dinah Shore, Elizabeth Taylor, and Gene Autry, just to name a few. This is a 2.5-hour tour that begins at West Alejo directly across from the Temple Isiah. We have an article that you may like about 7 Iconic Celebrity Homes (will put homes link here) in the area.
Sunnylands Center and Gardens is known as the “Camp David of the West”. It is here that many world and international issues have been discussed. This large estate sits on over 200 acres of lush greenery and offers nature trails, family activities, outdoor films and so much more. Visitors can tour the Estate and see birds native to this area on a guided birding tour. As you stroll through the gardens, you will see and learn about learn about the 70 species of plants there, see magnificent sculptures and listen to the gentle flow of one of the 11 lakes. The shuttle tour takes you around the grounds and teaches you about the architecture and history of the buildings.
Some may not associate hiking with the desert. Yet, there is beautiful scenery and amazing hiking in the Palm Springs area. The choice of hiking trails is virtually endless. The area is known as Indian Canyons (put Murray Canyon link here) has many trails to choose from. Two of these trails are Murray Canyon Trail and the Andreas Trail. While hiking Murray Canyon, you can expect to see abundant flora and a rather wide diversity of animals. Keep an eye out under the dense shrubs. You might just find the Peninsula Bighorn Sheep or the Last Bell’s Vireo bird. Both of which are endangered. This is a trail that the whole family can enjoy.
The Pacific Crest Trail is a very popular hiking experience. The trail runs along the entire west coast from the Mexican border to the Canadian border. There are access points throughout the trail if time and experience levels are an issue. Hiking the entire trail can take up to 6 months. One can elect to take a short day hike or partake in a longer hike that can last as long as you want it to. Does a hike along the Pacific Crest Trail excite you? There are access points near Palm Springs too. Read our article about the Pacific Crest Trail to learn more.
Let’s not forget all the wonderful food offered here. California, Mediterranean, Italian, comfort food; just to name a few. Anyone can find a cuisine that will satisfy their palette.
If American cuisine tickles your fancy and you want to get that private club vibe, then Arnold Palmer’s in La Quinta is the place to be. It has been named the “The 100 Best Outdoor Dining Restaurants” for 2016 by OpenTable. Arnie’s pub offers delicious menu items and nightly entertainment. Have a sit down at Arnold Palmer’s. You might even catch a glimpse of the famous golf player.
A taste of the Mediterranean is what you are looking for, then Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine on Highway 111in Rancho Mirage is the place to be. The very talented chef strives to use locally sourced ingredients to prepare guests the most delictable Mediterranean Cuisine around.
The things to do in Palm Springs are not only limited to what we’ve covered in this article. We are confident that you will be so immersed in the beauty, culture, and vibe of Palm Springs that you will come back for years to come.
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