Palm Springs Area

Palm Springs Area Travel Guide

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 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.

These canyons were once the home to the forerunners of the Agua Caliente Cahuilla Native Americans. Now they are open for exploration and appreciation of their natural beauty, including the Palm, Murray, Andreas, and Tahquitz Canyons.

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

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

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

Fans of antiques and American Impressionist art should include Stewart Galleries on their list of stops in Palm Springs.

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.

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.

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

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.

Raw, organic "superfoods" are the basis of the bio-active face and body care products from The Body Deli. More than 175 products, such as cleansers and body soufflés, are displayed in glass cases and refrigerated bins--just like a food deli.

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.

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 the end of U.S. Highway 243 north. Once at the top, the Coachella Valley and neighboring San Gabriel Mountains are visible.