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Things to do in Palm Springs Area

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Palm Springs Area. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Palm Springs Area 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 Area 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 Area.

  • American Museum of Ceramic Art

    This overlooked gem of a museum showcases clay as an art form, from ancient vessels to contemporary works. More
  • Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

    California’s largest state park has 500 miles of hike-worthy roads and meadows awash in wildflowers, palm groves, and cacti. More
  • Asylum, Palm Springs

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

    Tee off at this legendary venue. More
  • Desert Art Collection

    Take a stroll through the free Desert Art Collection, where the eclectic patio garden features sculptures by internationally acclaimed artists. More
  • Desert Hills Premium Outlets

    If your idea of shopping is bagging designer goods for less, then Cabazon, just off I-10, is sheer heaven. The highway-hugging outlets feature 130 ... More
  • Desert Rain

  • 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
  • Imago Galleries

    This two-story, 18,000-square-foot contemporary art gallery in the Cahuilla Park neighborhood hosts the rotating works of artists who specialize in... 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
  • Joshua Tree National Park

    The 1,200-square-mile Joshua Tree National Park, within the Colorado and Mojave Deserts, has hiking and walking trails, mountain biking paths, and ... More
  • Joshua Tree Rock Climbing School

    The school runs full-day classes that introduce you to the fundamentals of climbing in Joshua Tree National Park. 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

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