Palm Springs Points of Interest and Places to Visit

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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 256 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Covering more than 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) on a 10-minute journey, the popular Palm Springs Aerial Tramway provides spectacular views of Chino Canyon and Mount San Jacinto State Park. Activities at ...  Read more

Mt San Jacinto Wilderness State Park

The Mount San Jacinto Wilderness State Park is dominated by 10,834-foot (3,250-meter) Mount San Jacinto, Southern California’s second-highest mountain. In summer, miles of hiking tracks wind ...  Read more

Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 41 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Palm Springs' Living Desert Zoo & Gardens presents animals and botanical gardens in the Sonoran Desert. Focusing on flora and fauna from desert landscapes around the world, the living desert ...  Read more

San Andreas Fault

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Home of the potential Big One! The San Andreas Fault is an 810-mile (1,300-kilometer) long continental transform fault located in California, which forms the tectonic boundary between the Pacific ...  Read more

Indian Canyons

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Some of the best hiking near Palm Springs—and in the deserts of California—can be found at Indian Canyons, which is located at the western edge of Palm Springs. The land is owned and protected by ...  Read more

Anza-Borrego Desert

California’s largest state park protects the arid mountain wilderness of the Anza-Borrego Desert. Made up of 12 wilderness areas, the park is home to bighorn sheep, wildflowers, palms, cacti, ...  Read more

Coachella Valley Preserve

The endangered fringe-toed lizard is given room to roam at the Coachella Valley Preserve, which was specifically designed to protect these desert creatures. Guided hikes through the preserves’ ...  Read more

Colorado Desert

Sprawling from the Mexico border in the south to the Mohave Desert in the north, the Colorado Desert encompasses 7 million acres of land. The two most well-known destinations within the area are ...  Read more

Joshua Tree National Park

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Joshua Tree National Park lies at the crux of the Colorado and Mojave deserts and spans 429,690 acres (173,889 hectares) of wind-swept Southern California plains. Famous for its starlit night skies ...  Read more

Mission Creek Preserve

Protected by the Wildlands Conservancy, Mission Creek Preserve spans more than 4,700 acres between the Sonoran and Mojave deserts. Endemic flora and fauna of both deserts can be found in the ...  Read more

Mojave Desert

Much cooler and higher than the neighboring Great Basin Desert to the north and the Sonoran Desert to the south, the Mojave Desert is considered a rain shadow area, which occurs when an area of land ...  Read more

Oasis Date Gardens

Driving from Palm Springs through the nearby small desert towns with cacti and scrub brush on both sides and the heat of summer pressing down on you, a cold treat awaits: the famous date shake at ...  Read more

Palm Springs Air Museum

One of the world’s largest collections of vintage airplanes from World War II fill the hangars at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Wartime memorabilia, combat photography, murals, uniforms and ...  Read more

Tahquitz Canyon

You don’t need to go far for idyllic desert roaming on foot or horseback, with the desert wilderness of Tahquitz Canyon reservation right on the edge of Palm Springs. Guided hikes reveal ...  Read more

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