Aviation and history enthusiasts can get up close to actual vintage aircraft from WWII, Korea and Vietnam eras at the Palm Springs Air Museum. CNN Travel has named the Air Museum one of the top 14 aviation museums in the country, and it has one of the largest military aviation collections in the world. Your visit will be even more interesting because many of the docents actually flew the planes and are happy to share their stories.
You'll find more than 40 aircraft in three hangars and on the outdoor tarmac. Some of these crafts can be and are still being flown, and each of the three hangars is organized by theme. The European Hangar spotlights the Army in the European Theater during WWII, Korea and Vietnam; in the Pacific Hangar, the focus is on the WWII Navy in the Pacific Theater; and the third hangar houses the B-17 Flying Fortress, the Aviation Science Center, and a café.
The progressive design of midcentury modern architecture emphasizes linear simplicity that so many people find desirable today. Built between 1945 and 1975, these structures take many different forms, from homes to gas stations.
Midcentury architecture is particularly popular among baby boomers, whose childhood memories revolve around events involving these vintage structures. Its transparent, honest simplicity of design is also highly appreciated in a sort of backlash way against the complex technology-driven, fast-paced contemporary world we live in.
You can find plenty of midcentury architecture in Palm Springs - here are a few places to explore as they take you back to another time.
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, also called The Palm Springs Tram, is the epitome of midcentury design. Completed in 1963, it not only gives you an ideal view of midcentury modern architecture, it also affords the best aerial views of the Greater Palm Springs area. The ride from the Valley Station takes you to the Mountain Station, both of which were designed by important midcentury architects.
The perfect summer day always includes a cool dip in the pool. Taking a swim or racing down a water slide is the greatest way to keep cool and have fun during these hot summer months. A trip to Palm Springs isn't complete without a day at Wet and Wild Oasis Water Park. This water park is the perfect choice for either a family day, kid's day, or singles' activity; with its various rides and attractions, it easily has something for everyone.
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The park contains an exciting roster of rides and water slides such as the Pipeline, Sea Snake, and Tidal Wave Tower. For younger swimmers, the Gremmie Lagoon provides fun and safe age-appropriate slides and a splash pool. In addition to the slides, the park also contains several raft rides. Armed with inter tubes and floaties, the Pacific Spin, Sunset River, and Surf Rider all offer a fun alternative to traditional water slides.
Year Round Tennis is Native to the Palm Springs Valley. Many people don't know that it was tennis, not golf, that first put Palm Springs on the map. The Palm Springs Valley is home to some of the best tennis courts and playing weather in America. We've included both Public and Semi-Private tennis facilities, many of which are stand-alone, city or resort accessible.
The Palm Springs Air Museum is a living history museum dedicated to educating the public about the role Air Power played in preserving American liberties and way of life. The Museum preserves, exhibits, and flies aircraft from World War Two, Korea, and the Vietnam Wars. Most of the aircraft are in flyable condition.
24 hour casino located in Downtown Palm Springs with 900 slot machines and 30 table games. Dining options include indoor/outdoor dining at the Agua Bar & Grill, The Steakhouse, Noodle Bar and Oasis Buffet. Enjoy your favorite drinks at the Sundance Bar or Player's Bar, and nightly entertainment at Cascade Lounge.