Our desert oasis of Palm Springs is well-known for its legendary pools, striking mid-century modern architecture, and retro vibes, but the sprawling mountains and lush desert terrain are full of beautifully scenic sights that you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything exactly like them! Here are some of the best spots for Palm Springs sightseeing!
Have a Picnic Lunch at the Top of South Lykken Trail
This easily accessible trail lies right in the heart of the city, just south of the bustle of downtown. It’s a perfect first hike to do in Palm Springs and is a long-standing favorite among visitors and locals alike. The trail runs about four and a half miles one way, and features sweeping views of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley beyond. Pack an insulated lunchbox to enjoy at the summit, where you can find picnic tables and relax to take in the scenery. Along the way, you’ll see a variety of native desert plants, and if you visit after a rain, blooming wildflowers too! You’ll find the trailhead just past the end of a residential area on Palm Canyon Drive, just south of Murray Canyon Drive.
Explore the Vast Agua Caliente Indian Canyons
The canyons are an area part of the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation and boast over 60 miles of trails brimming with centuries-old native culture and an array of desert botanical life, creeks, and waterfalls. The trails are labeled as easy, moderate, or strenuous, so you don’t have to be an experienced hiker to see the sights! It’s also has the world’s largest population of California Fan Palms, and is home to a number of desert wildlife, like Big Horn Sheep. The entrance to the Canyons costs a small fee, but with it you can go on a ranger led hike or attend an informational “Ranger Talk” to learn more about the area. You can find the entrance to the Indian Canyons at 38520 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264.
Take the Palm Springs Aerial Tram to New Heights
For a thrilling ride to the top of Mt. San Jacinto State Park, board the Palm Springs Aerial Tram for the scenic journey of a lifetime! This enclosed gondola-style tram holds the record for being the world’s largest rotating tram car, and features birds-eye views of Chino Canyon and 360-degree views of the rugged wilderness of the San Jacinto Mountains. Once at the top, you can adventure down one of the many hiking trails or sit back and enjoy the view with a beverage and a snack at either the Peaks Restaurant or the Pines Café. You can find the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway just west of town at 1 Tram Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262.
The oasis is chock-full of culture, natural splendor, and award-winning dining—what more could you want from a vacation? Give us a call to start planning your Palm Springs getaway and to book one of our vacation rentals today!