Vacationers come to Palm Springs for as many reasons as there are palm trees. For many of us, it's to get away from the grind of daily life, to relax, and to experience something different. For outdoorsy types, Palm Springs has something special to offer. Hiking in the Coachella Valley area and Palm Springs is nothing short of spectacular.
The Coachella Valley Preserve is located 10 miles east of Palm Springs in Thousand Palms. There are over 25 miles of hiking trails here just waiting to be explored. For a short and sweet option, do the McCallum Trail. It starts at the visitors center and continues back in a two miles loop. The McCallum Trail is beautifully well-kept with gorgeous palms along the way.
Summer travel and vacationing is rapidly approaching. With so many potential trips and activities available, it is difficult narrowing down just the right place to pick for summer fun. With its abundantly warm (hot) weather and host of activities, Palm Springs can be the perfect place for a “heat-seeking” vacation whether it be for a group of friends, married couples or the whole family. Five places in particular stand out as absolute "must-sees" when taking your Palm Springs trip.
Mt. San Jacinto State Park is home to the world's largest rotating tram-car which carries its guests to an elevation of 8,516 feet – which is also about 20-30 degrees cooler than the desert floor. Guests can enjoy the stunning view of the Chino Canyon as well as exquisite dining and over 50 miles of beautiful hiking trails. Over the course of the ride, the car rotates twice, allowing guests an amazing view in all directions. At the peak, two restaurants, several gift shops, and an educational theater complete the trip.
Palm Springs Art Museum
Located in downtown Palm Springs, the impressive Palm Springs Art Museum houses a host of stunning works by renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Ansel Adams. Originally founded in 1938, it specialized in Native American art, but through the years it has expanded to include a wide array of modern art types and genres. With its free admission Thursday, it is readily available to guests as a source of creativity and beauty.