When visiting Palm Springs there are many different activities for every type of lifestyle. Here are some activities that you might be interested in:
Palm Springs Arial Tramway
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway — the world’s largest rotating tram car — travels over 2.5 miles along the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon, transporting riders to the pristine wilderness of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park. During your approximately ten minute journey, tram cars rotate slowly, offering picturesque and spectacular vistas of the valley floor below. Once you reach the Mountain Station—elevation 8,516 feet—enjoy two restaurants, observation decks, natural history museum, two documentary theaters, gift shop and over 50 miles of hiking trails.
Hiking Tahquitz Canyon
Tahquitz Canyon is one of the most beautiful and culturally sensitive areas of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Reservation. Tahquitz Canyon is home to a spectacular seasonal 60-foot waterfall, rock art, ancient irrigation systems, native wildlife, and plants. Located at the entrance to the canyon, the Tahquitz Canyon Visitor Center offers educational and cultural exhibits. The Center offers a display of artifacts, an observation deck, and a theater room for viewing “The Legend of Tahquitz Canyon”. Also nearby is Murray Canyon, Indian Canyon, Andreas Canyon, and Palm Canyon.
Walking and Mountain Bike Trails
Hopalong Cassidy, Randal Henderson, Going to the Cross, Herb Jeffries Trail, Art Smith Trail, and Bump and Grind are a few of the many available hiking trails. Just a short hike up the Santa Rosa mountains lets you view the entire Coachella Valley.
Lake Chuilla in La Quinta offers a 135 acre lake stocked with trout, and the California aqueduct flows into it which brings many other fish. They have 56 camp sites available on a first come first serve basis. A moderate four mile hiking loop lets you see beautiful views of the lake from above.
Zoo and Botanical Garden
A unique zoo and botanical garden that specializes in the deserts of the world. Giraffes, mountain lions, zebras, and cheetahs are just a few of the incredible animals that take you from Africa to North America. The botanical gardens include geographic replicas of areas as diverse as Baja California’s Viscaino Desert and the exotic deserts of Madagascar. Stop by the interactive Discovery Center, visit one of the largest G-scale model train displays, enjoy a Wildlife Wonders animal presentation, hike the nature trails, have lunch in one of the cafes, or pet the goats in the Petting Kraal.
Formally known as Knott’s Soak City, this is an oasis in the desert during the hot summer months for both kids and adults. Season passes are available.
The Coachella Valley boasts 125 public courses, which is the most per capita in the entire country. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a beginner, the golfing in our area is for everyone.
Palm Springs Village Fest
Thursday nights in Palm Springs are the best, be sure to make it to Village Fest. This multi-block street fair has something for everyone and it feels like the whole town is there. The event is a large block party, highlighted by vendors with crafts and trinkets galore. Every type of street food imaginable is available, just look for the longest line and you will be happy. Music on every corner, for all tastes, is surrounded by the perfect weather of Palm Springs.
Palm Desert Street Fair
Located at the College of the Desert, this street fair features many vendors with all types of goods including clothing, golf apparel, food trucks and kitchen gadgets. There is something for everyone at this fair, which takes place on Saturdays from 7am to 2 pm.
El Paseo Catalogue is the rodeo drive of the desert, featuring high end fashion and art galleries. Nordstrom and Company, Leeds and Son Jewelers, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn are just a few stores. Also many fine dining options are available including Pacifica Seafood, Wolfgang Puck’s, Sullivan’s Steakhouse, and Tommy Bahama’s. It is a shoppers paradise.
Only a thirty minute drive on the 10 Freeway is the Cabazon Outlets. There you will find over 200 stores including Lacoste, Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Sunglass Hut and many more. Expect a crowd, so try to get there early. Weekdays are the best time to go, since a lot of people from Los Angeles tend to visit on the weekends.
Dining and Eateries
The Coachella Valley features some of the best Mexican food in the country with authenic food on the east end of the Valley. Mexicali Café is considered the best of the area. Because the Valley is a haven for retirees, there are many different cultures that are represented in the restaurants here.