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!
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While a three-day vacation is hardly enough time to get the full experience of Palm Springs, it’s still enough to give you an idea of what makes this a favorite destination among tourists. The vibe is fun, and the weather is warm and inviting. In fact, everything about this place calls for you to go out and enjoy yourself. Here’s a guide to help you plan your vacation and get in as many Palm Springs attractions as you possibly can in three days.
What better way to get a good view of the whole area than to climb 10,000 feet in the air? Mount San Juanito gives you such a vantage point, but you won’t have to do any climbing. The aerial tramway will take you up to about 8,500 feet, where you’ll get a great view of the desert from the observation decks. There are two restaurants as well so you can enjoy a meal while you’re up there. The hiking trails are a good opportunity to explore the mountain and enjoy more of the flora and fauna in the area.
Palm Springs Air Museum
If you like aviation and history, this is the place to go. The Palm Springs Air Museum has a great collection of planes that saw action during WWII. The best part is these planes are still working. Visit the hangers and get a good look at these planes which can still fly. When the weather gets too warm to be outdoors, the museum offers an escape from the heat outside.
Coachella Valley Preserve
It’s time for more fun outdoors, this time in the Coachella Valley Preserve. You have 13,000 acres of pristine nature and wildlife. You’ll meet plenty of animals here, including great horned owls, lynx, hares, kestrels, lizards, and birds. You better keep your camera or your phone in hand to snap pictures. You can also hike some of the trails here and enjoy some peaceful time on your own.
Moorten Botanical Gardens
More desert flora coming your way. Moorten Botanical Gardens has a great collection of cacti and desert plants. It’s open to visitors all year-round, but the time the plants bloom and the trees have green foliage is when you’ll want to visit.
Palm Springs is a dream vacation destination for the outdoorsy person. For more information about attractions and our great vacation rentals in Palm Springs, call us today.
Outside of Los Angeles, you will find the relaxation capitol of the world in Palm Springs. Most people think of luxurious spa days and slow days on the golf course, but there are plenty of ways to find beauty and relaxation in Palm Springs. Many of these opportunities involve getting outside and enjoying the beautiful weather and scenery. Visiting one of town’s beautiful parks is always a great way to do this. The following are some options to visit when trying to decide your favorite Palm Springs park.
Ruth Hardy Park
This park provides plenty of opportunities for fun as well as great aesthetic beauty. Find beauty in a towering tree canopy set against the town’s massive mountain range. Find fun in grass fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, and much more. Find this awesome spot at 700 Tamarisk Road.
A visit to this park provides some of the most unique beauty and history that you will experience while in Palm Springs. While this is right outside of town, you will feel as if you have been transported back generations into a peaceful and beautiful place. Enjoy the 60-foot waterfall, Native American rock art, ancient irrigation systems, and so much more. Find it at 500 W Mesquite Ave.
Demuth Park provides the perfect place to relax with endless flower beds, towering trees, and plenty of green grass. This park is nice and open, so there is space for everyone to do what they would like. Find baseball diamonds, tennis courts, batting cages, grass fields, and picnic areas. It is also a great place for the families to go because this park is home to the Palm Springs Youth Center, which is always providing opportunities for young people to get active. Find this beautiful park at 4375 Mesquite Ave.
The Most Beautiful Homes in Palm Springs
Along with beautiful parks, you will find an endless array of beautiful homes throughout Palm Springs. Homes provided by Palm Springs Getaways are sure to be the most luxurious aspect of your Palm Springs vacation, and that is saying something. Regardless of if the home you choose features one bedroom or five, you can expect the highest quality furnishings, beautiful décor, gourmet kitchens, luxurious beds, and so much more. The homes are beautiful, but you are bound to gravitate towards the beautifully designed and appointed backyard complete with a swimming pool! Find the perfect Palm Springs vacation rental by contacting us today!
When planning your next vacation, chances are the first thing you do is buy one of those travel guides that shows you where all the hottest attractions, sights, restaurants, and stores can be found, allowing you to say you’ve been there and done that. But what if you don’t want to walk in the footsteps of the thousands, or even millions, who have walked before you? What if you prefer to make your own path and visit the places that aren’t found in the guidebooks or the latest best things to do in Palm Springs California list? What if your mission in life is to find the hidden gems that are only known to the people who make their homes in places you only dream of living? Well, if one of those places is Palm Springs and your vacation accommodations are with Palm Springs Getaways, we are here to help you find those special spots!
Elvis Was Here
We are always fascinated by anything Elvis Presley, and the home where the King of Rock and Roll brought his blushing bride Priscilla is kind of cool thing! Reputed to be where the Princess of Rock and Roll, the beautiful Lisa Marie was conceived, this mid-century modern hideaway offers daily tours that show off the unique beauty of the home as the guides tell many Presley secrets. Located at 1350 Ladera Circle, Elvis’s Honeymoon Hideaway was recently put on the market, so we have no idea what could be in store for this historic home.
Final Resting Spots
Some of Hollywood’s golden children made Palm Springs into the celebrity escape it is today, and many have never left. Desert Memorial Park, 31-705 Da Vall Drive, is the final resting spot for Frank Sinatra, Velma Wayne Dawson (the creator of Howdy Doody), Sonny Bono, and many more A-listers from Hollywood’s golden days. And while a tour through the cemetery isn’t often considered to be a big tourist attraction, a visit to this iconic spot is the perfect way to pay your respects to your favorite celebrity.
The Best Things to do in Palm Springs California is Relax
We can almost promise you won’t find this tip in any of the guidebooks or best things to do in Palm Springs California list, but we can promise that you’ll find your best night’s sleep in one of our Palm Springs Getaways luxury properties! Our spacious and tranquil bedrooms are decorated with elegant furnishings that are both beautiful and so comfortable you will never want to sleep anywhere else! Our hidden gems are designed to be lived in and loved in; reserve yours today!