Wide Open Spaces in Palm Springs: Dip Your Toes Back into Travel


Ready to travel again? Three days in Greater Palm Springs should do the trick.
Pack your hours with fun activities and your bag with a 3M™ Advanced Filtering Face Mask.

Located in Southern California’s Coachella Valley, Greater Palm Springs is an expansive desert destination surrounded by the San Jacinto, Santa Rosa, and Little San Bernardino mountains. The pool-laden haven features an average of 350 days of sunshine a year and more than 1,000 miles of stunning trails, some so relaxed that you won’t even break a sweat.

The area also has the country’s densest population of mid-century architecture, as well as a vibrant culinary scene with gorgeous outdoor dining venues — the perfect place to reacquaint yourself with traveling if you haven’t done it in some time. During this three-day visit, wear a 3M™ Advanced Filtering Face Mask, which can be used as a barrier face covering and can also help filter airborne particles such as pollen, when used as instructed* outside on guided tours or walking around on your own, spotting stunning desert wildflowers.


Day One: Get to Know Palm Springs

Start with a leisurely hike in Indian Canyons. The ancestral home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is dotted with cliffs, waterfalls, and the world’s largest grouping of California fan palms — just be sure to pack some sunscreen to protect yourself from the elements.

After your stroll, take a break from the heat and head back to your accommodations for a refreshing dip in the pool. The chic-but-chill Arrive and Dive hotels offer the most social-media-worthy views, as well as the option to enjoy cocktails and snacks poolside.

Feeling energized? Borrow a cruiser bike from your hotel (or rent one from Bike Palm Springs) and breeze around bike-friendly neighborhoods to view the mid-century architecture. You can make your own tour with PS ModCom’s app. For lunch, swing by Gambino’s for a savory handheld crepe stuffed with crisp ingredients. Consider wearing a mask while in line; the 3M™ Advanced Filtering Face Mask has a lightweight 3D design for comfortable, easy breathing. It can help filter airborne particles in crowded places or at other everyday moments.*


Once the sun sets, make like the Rat Pack and savor a martini and a perfect steak at Melvyn’s, the iconic restaurant that was a favorite of Ol’ Blue Eyes and his pals. (The crooner famously tipped the staff with $100 bills.) The bar, dining room, and patio were recently revamped, and there’s live entertainment most nights.

Day Two: Explore the Coachella Valley

It’s time to journey beyond the city of Palm Springs and discover the rest of the valley's dazzling offerings, starting in Rancho Mirage on the impeccably manicured grounds of the Sunnylands Center & Gardens, the 200-acre former winter retreat of philanthropists Walter and Leonore Annenberg. The art-collecting couple hosted heads of state, royals, and presidents and first ladies. Their preserved home is now a museum loaded with mementos, sculptures, and more.


Continue deeper into the valley to Indio and stop at Shields Date Garden. You’ll know you’re there when you see a giant vintage sign in the shape of a knight. At the roadside attraction, established in 1924, treat yourself to a frothy shake made with Coachella Valley’s nutrient-dense stone fruit and explore the groves where the dates are harvested.


A few miles away, take in the flora and fauna of the world’s desert biomes at The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens. Wearing a mask will come in handy as you feed the giraffes and scamper around with the wallabies. The 3M™ Advanced Filtering Face Mask contains filter media that filters at least 95 percent of airborne particles, such as pollen and other allergens, when used as instructed*. It’s designed to be held snugly to the face, allowing air to go through the filter, reducing air leakage around the outside edges of the filtering face mask.


Once the sun sets, go to see stars, planets, constellations, and more at the state-of-the-art Rancho Mirage Observatory, which frequently hosts tours, telescope viewing, and group stargazing beneath the desert’s clear skies.

Keep the under-the-stars theme going for dinner at Boozehounds, a recent addition to Palm Springs’ funky Uptown Design District. The pup-friendly restaurant and lounge has an expansive outdoor patio as well as a trendy dining room. The menu focuses on creative Californian cuisine, with dishes such as adobe chicken and a Tasmanian ocean trout crudo that’s perfect for sharing.

Day Three: Go on One-of-a-Kind Adventures

Start the morning by picking up coffee and a pastry from one of the three outposts of Koffi, a local java provider that roasts its own beans in Rancho Mirage. Then zip up to the San Gorgonio Pass for one of the super Palm Springs Windmill Tours. The self-guided, 10-stop excursion is packed with info about the unmissable churners that power the valley and beyond. For starters, they’re actually turbines, not windmills.

After the tour, hop aboard the nearby Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, where the world’s largest rotating tram cars travel two and a half miles along the cliffs of Chino Canyon to the 14,000 acres of forest-filled terrain at Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness. Thanks to the elevation, the temperatures are about 30 degrees cooler than the desert floor, so you might want to bring a jacket along with picnic supplies and your mask.


Prefer to relax? Venture to Desert Hot Springs for an afternoon soak in the mineral-rich waters at Two Bunch Palms, where scads of tubs and pools are scattered across the lush property. (Make sure to call ahead to book a day pass if you’re not staying on site.) After drying off, recharge with a glass of fresh juice or organic wine at Twine, the resort’s casual new eatery.

After dark, strut into one of the Agua Caliente Casinos in Palm Springs, Cathedral City, or Rancho Mirage for Vegas-style gaming, cocktails, dinner, and live entertainment. The location in Rancho Mirage is home to both a popular spa and the four-level, 2,057-seat venue called The Show, which features touring musicians, comedians, magicians, and more. Pack your 3M™ Advanced Filtering Face Mask, just in case. The convenient packaging of the 3M™ Advanced Filtering Face Mask easily fits into a bag to take with you on your travel adventures.

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