Palm Springs Area

Things to do in Palm Springs Area

The 1,200-square-mile Joshua Tree National Park, within the Colorado and Mojave Deserts, has hiking and walking trails, mountain biking paths, and thousands of climbing routes, most of them filled with freestanding granite boulders.

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

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 Canyon affords views of the Coachella Valley and the briny desert lake known as the Salton Sea.

The innovative Temecula Children’s Museum offers an interactive-experimental tour through the home of fictitious inventor Professor Phineas T. Pennypickle, PhD.

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 “Little House,” it makes up the museums of this nonprofit started by Melba Berry Bennett in 1955.

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 stores—from the usual mass-market brands to exclusive labels like Gucci, Etro, Prada, and Tod’s.

Located inside the Parker hotel, the Palm Springs Yacht Club is far from the ocean but cultivates a country-club atmosphere with old-fashioned court games, British cocktails, and an expansive spa.

Tee off at this legendary venue.

High-end furnishings, home accessories, and art befitting a variety of styles from vintage to contemporary are stocked inside House 849 on North Palm Canyon Drive.

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 offers chef Chris Olson's seasonal Californian cuisine.

Modern Home Commercial & Residential Design Showroom on North Palm Canyon Drive sells building and furnishing materials that have the mid-20th-century look of simple lines and curves. Geared toward both builders and remodelers, the showroom also carries vintage and modern items alongside the

The Tuscan-inspired WELL Spa sits on the landscaped grounds of Miramonte Resort, about 30 minutes from Palm Springs. Resembling an Italian villa, the spa has white stucco walls, a red-tile roof, and calming earth-tone interiors with candlelit treatment rooms.

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 distinctive store logo.