10 Things to do in the Palm Springs Area

 

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Palm Springs area is known as the ultimate resort destination, with golf courses, swimming pools, sights, shopping and enviable weather all year long. We, at Desert Aire, have tried to capture some of our favorite activities to help you make the most of your stay in Indio, California, whatever your interests are!


1. Ride the Aerial Tramway & Visit Jacinto State Park

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Take a ride in the worlds largest rotating tramcars and enjoy the amazing views! The trip up is 2.5 miles, and ascends 5,880 ft! At the top there are many hiking trails, campsites and an adventure centre. The Aerial Tramway and National Park are open from mid-November until mid- April.

2. Take an Earthquake Canyon Bicycle Tour

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This is a great adventure in the desert area around Palm Springs! The trail runs throughout the heart of the San Andreas Fault zone and paves its way through some breathtaking areas of the Californian outback. A chance to get moving out in the beautiful Palm Springs sunshine on a relaxing bicycle ride!

3. Visit Joshua Tree National Park

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You will enjoy an amazing trip through rock formations and beautiful valleys. There are many birds, insects and animals with the uniquely shaped Joshua Trees creating a beautiful back drop. The Visitor’s Centre provides an abundance of information about the flora and fauna of the area.

4. Check out Painted Fault Canyon

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The Painted Canyon is just one of many hikes in the area. It is one of the most popular, hosting stunning native desert plants, marvellous rock faces, and many geological specimens. Be sure to pack your camera to snap some amazing photos of this monumental sight!

5. Taste Wine in in Temecula Valley

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Temecula Valley is one of America’s most popular wine regions. It is a lovely drive, through rolling agricultural valleys and picturesque landscapes. Visit some of the quality wineries that offer wine tasting, and enjoy the wonderful weather and scenery that the valley has to offer!

6. Outlet Shop at Desert Hills Premium Outlets

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Desert Hills Premium Outlet Shopping is just a short drive away. It offers the largest collection of luxury outlets in California! The outdoor shopping centre features 180 designer stores. Enjoy a day there and shop ’til you drop, for the top name brands at fantastic prices!

7. Visit the Salton Sea

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Experience the lowest place on earth, the Salton Sea! See the crusty remains of the ocean and learn about the historical significance of the area. Plus, discover the challenges the Salton Sea poses for the state of California. There are a lot of great tours you can arrange where a knowledgeable guide will enhance your Salton Sea experience!

8. Shop in El Paseo Shopping District

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There are many great shopping districts in the Palm Springs area. One of the most popular is El Paseo. You could spend hours enjoying the shops, galleries and restaurants in this bustling district. Home to over 300 shops, you’ll surely be able to find what you’re looking for here!

9. Fine Dine, or Dine Casually in Palm Springs!

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Two popular restaurant districts are El Paseo and downtown Palm Springs. There are many fine-dining options in the area that feature award-winning & trendsetting chefs. Visitors can enjoy a taste of Coachella Valley, or the many ethnic restaurants in Palm Springs. Enjoy seasonal and local ingredients that inspire chefs to create delicious gourmet cuisine!

10.  Browse the Many Wonderful Museums & Art Galleries

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It might surprise visitors that the Coachella Valley has an outstanding collection of museums. There is something for everyone to discover and enjoy! From World War II history, to the culture of the native Cahuilla people, to the contemporary art exhibits and the pristine gardens, the options are plenty! Downtown Palm Springs area also has a number of museums for visitors to enjoy. The Palm Springs Art Museum houses contemporary and modern art exhibits from some of the finest artists in the world, including hosting works by artists like Pablo Picasso and Dale Chihuly!

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