The desert getaway of Palm Springs offers fun options for tourists and local alike.
- Palm Springs Aerial Tramway – Best of the Coachella Valley
- San Jacinto Mountain: Drive up or take the Aerial Tramway for spectacular views of the desert below.
- Palm Springs Air Museum: See spectacular military aircraft from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.
- Elvis’ Honeymoon Hideaway: Take a guided tour of what was once the home and honeymoon spot of Elvis and Priscilla Presley!
- Palm Canyon Drive: Walk along this beautiful main street, browse shops, and grab a bite to eat.
- Look out for the Palm Springs Walk of Stars along the sidewalk of Palm Canyon Drive.
- Palm Springs VillageFest: A weekly Thursday night street fair on Palm Canyon Drive, with arts, crafts, food, and entertainment.
- Smoke Tree Stables: Get yer cowboy (or cowgirl) on with a horseback ride on over 150 miles of beautiful riding trails.
- Palm Springs Art Museum: See works from Chagal, Picasso, Warhol, and more, along with many types of Native American and Western art.
- Palm Springs International Film Festival: Every January
- Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival: Every February
- Palm Springs International ShortFest: The largest short-film festival in the country. Every June
- Bump & Grind: The popular Coachella Valley hike
- Indian Canyons: Hike through a network of canyons that local Indians once called home.
- San Jacinto Mountain has a number of hiking trails.
- Painted Canyon: A more adventurous hike, with ladder-climbing right in the narrow crevices of the canyon.
- Coachella Valley Preserve: Picnic, hike, and walk right up to the San Andreas fault in this desert oasis. Free!
- Tyler’s Burgers: Palm Springs’ most popular burger joint, only open for lunch.
- Le Vallauris: Upscale French and Continental European cuisine.
- Bernie’s Lounge and Supper Club: Reminiscent of dining during Palm Springs’ 1950’s glory days, with martinis, steaks, and live music.
- Cheeky’s: Organic, not-so-typical breakfast and lunch dishes.
- El Mirasol: One of the city’s favorites for Mexican, serving up regional Mexican specialties.
- Bill’s Pizza: Serving up both classic and unique pizzas with toppings like walnuts, artichokes, and garlic-infused olive oil.
- Ruben & Ozzy’s Oyster Bar: Reasonably-priced seafood, such as: Oysters Rockefeller, Fish Tacos, and Crab Enchiladas.
- Elmer’s: Classic American cuisine with a Northwest twist. Known for their German pancakes.
- The Sandwich Spot: A beloved local sandwich shop with gourmet breads and sauces.
- Miro’s Restaurant: Home-style Mediterranean and Central European dishes.
- Great Shakes: Come for a gourmet old-fashioned milkshake or malt for dessert, or just to escape the hot desert sun.
- Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa, Indian Wells – One of the Coachella Valley’s premier resort destinations
- Palm Springs Rendezvous: A bed and breakfast with 10 rooms (each with their individual theme). Free cocktails and appetizers served poolside every evening.
- Ace Hotel, Palm Springs – Always popular with a young crowd
- Avanti Hotel: A small boutique hotel with a retro 1950’s Hollywood getaway vibe.
- Hotel California: A beautiful Spanish Mission themed hotel with great service and lots of amenities.
- La Maison Hotel: Rated the #1 small boutique hotel in the country, La Maison’s theme will whisk you to the south of France.
- Caliente Tropics: An affordable favorite, with a Polynesian theme (which was a very popular style during Palm Springs’ 1960s heyday).
- Old Ranch Inn: Secluded and peaceful atmosphere, yet just a few minutes walk to bustling Palm Canyon Drive.
- Desert Riviera: Known especially for its wonderful service, and a shared pool area/courtyard with plenty of amenities.
- Queen of Hearts Resort: A popular niche hotel catering to lesbian guests.