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Things to do in Palm Springs

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Palm Springs. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Palm Springs attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Palm Springs to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Palm Springs.

  • Asylum, Palm Springs

    Mod is god at this quirky establishment. More
  • Bermuda Dunes Country Club

    Tee off at this legendary venue. More
  • House 849

    High-end furnishings, home accessories, and art befitting a variety of styles from vintage to contemporary are stocked inside House 849 on North Pa... More
  • Indian Canyons

    These canyons were once the home to the forerunners of the Agua Caliente Cahuilla Native Americans. Now they are open for exploration and appreciat... More
  • Indian Canyons Golf Resort North Course

    Indian Canyons is ingrained in Palm Springs history. Frank Sinatra played the first invitational on the public North Course, which William P. Bell ... More
  • Indian Wells Golf Resort

    The Indian Wells Golf Resort is home to two championship courses totaling 36 holes and a 53,000-square-foot clubhouse, where the IW Club Restaurant... More
  • Modern Home Design Showroom

    Modern Home Commercial & Residential Design Showroom on North Palm Canyon Drive sells building and furnishing materials that have the mid-20th-cent... More
  • Modernway

    The plate-glass windows beneath the blue-edged roof give a preview of the high-end 1950s furnishings for which Modernway (and Palm Springs) is know... More
  • Mount San Jacinto

    Visiting the peaks of Palm Springs’ Mount San Jacinto requires either an eight-minute ascent on the Palm Springs Aerial Tram or a lengthy drive to ... More
  • Palm Canyon Galleria

    Along the flagstone hall of this mall-style layout are several shops that carry numerous mid-century and vintage items. The Palm Canyon Galleria on... More
  • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

    Bring a jacket—even in summer—to ride aboard the world’s largest rotating gondolas. The 2 1/2-mile, 10-minute trip up the sheer cliffs of Chino Can... More
  • Palm Springs Historical Society

    John McCallum, the first permanent white settle of Palm Springs, had an adobe house built for him in 1884, and along with Miss Cornelia White’s “Li... More
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    PS ModCom Architectural Driving Tour App

    The Palm Springs Modern Committee (PS ModCom) published a driving tour of more than eighty landmarks of the Coachella Valley’s treasure trove of Mi... More
  • Stewart Galleries

    Fans of antiques and American Impressionist art should include Stewart Galleries on their list of stops in Palm Springs. Located in the La Plaza Di... More
  • Studio 111 Palm Springs

    A wall of windows runs across the front of a low-profile white building in North Palm Springs, and a contrasting red wall to the left bears the dis... More

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