Things to Do in Palm Springs

Top Things to Do in Palm Springs

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  • travelingfamily4Ma
    MA704 contributions
    We did the Palm Springs Aerial Tram on Wednesday, January 18. The previous 3 days it had been closed due to technical difficulties, so we were lucky it opened up on the day we had tickets for. We did the 11:00 tram. We prepaid our parking and were able to park at the top lot (lot A). The tram was quite full on the way up- maybe about 20 people. The tram slowly spins on your up, giving you 360 degree views which was nice. It was an 11 minute ride up. At the top we went out on a balcony, looked through the visitor center, gift shop and watched the 10 minute film in the theater. Then we walked out the back door on the 1st floor and zigzagged down the steep sidewalk for about 1/4 mile (some spots slippery) until we came to the beginning of the Long Valley and Desert View Trails. Unfortunately we could not take the trails because they were covered in about 2 feet of snow. We walked back up and got on the tram down at about 12:45, so we spent about 1.5 hours at the top. We would have done the walking trails if they had been available. I think that would have pushed our rating to a 5.
    Written 18 January 2023
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  • Denise M
    East Wenatchee, WA46 contributions
    We hiked the Victor trail/Palm Canyon loop. the Victor trail is an uphill walk with nice views of the canyon. Sunny and rocky but moderate hike. When we came down to the Palm Canyon it was a refreshing walk in the shade among palm trees and a water source. Lovely way to end the hike.
    Written 29 January 2023
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  • Grace L
    Chesapeake, VA7 contributions
    We really enjoyed this museum. It is “one of the world’s largest collections of static & flyable aircraft from WWII through the War on Terror.” I certainly gained a lot of respect for the men and women who fought to give us the freedom we enjoy today.

    On entering, we met three docents, Richard Lopriore, James Buggelli, and Bob Sylvester. We are from Virginia and now live part time in San Diego. Between them, they had been assigned to the Norfolk Naval Base, and were familiar with Miramar Marine Corps Air Station, so we had plenty to talk about. They told us that three T34 trainer planes would be brought in later that day for a program that coming weekend and it was interesting to see them land and being escorted and parked in the museum.

    Jane Barnett was wonderful. We ended up having a private tour of the Pacific WWII hangar with her which was absolutely awesome. Her Dad worked for PanAm as a commercial pilot flying around the various Pacific Islands. He was flying when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. But his wife, Jane’s mom, was on the island and was captured,held prisoner for over 3 years. PanAm, and thus her dad, was xxxabsorbedxxx. By the government.

    I wasn’t but so familiar with WWII. I didn’t even realize that the Japanese WANTED the US to enter the war as they though they could easily defeat us. That there were fighter planes, bombing planes, and some that did both. That the submarine’s main objective was to rescue downed pilots - President Bush Sr.was one of those rescued. Jane’s knowledge about WWII brought it all to life.

    Mike Stone was also awesome. He gave me a tour of B17. We crawled around and squeezed through as needed. Mike had been a mechanic on these planes and he knew all about them -where each man stood and what his duties were. Where each man would hook up his clothes for climate control. We saw the bomb bay,machine guns, and the small ball turret underneath. He even pointed out where each man would hook up to temperature controls since the plane fought with open ‘ windows’ and temperature could drop well below -30 degrees

    There are other hangars, such as one with a stealth fighter and a other devoted to Korea/Vietnam. We were there on a Wednesday but, on weekends, you can fly in some of the planes. You can easily stay 2-3 hours but if you get great docents like ours, plan to stay longer.
    Written 2 February 2023
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  • SUEBIDOUX
    Bromont, Canada1,206 contributions
    Great ambiance on entry FREE Thursday night from 5 pm till 8 pm,great 3 storey wonderful contemporary Art museum,great pieces,paintings sculptures my favorites Calder,Henri Moore,Anthony Marks the best!as a bonus great dj evening.
    Written 20 January 2023
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  • Travel_Lover2008_8
    Richmond, VA77 contributions
    The tram ride was fascinating, and we hiked the Desert View Trail to various overlooks. The view from the top was stupendous. The temperature was 85 in the valley, and 51 up on the mountain, so be prepared for cooler temps!
    Written 4 November 2022
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  • Rosemary W
    Seattle, WA1,516 contributions
    This takes up most of the main downtown area on Thursday nights. We easily found free parking nearby.

    There are lots of interesting vendors of arts & crafts, jewelry, clothing, beauty items, candles, food, musicians. There is even a rabbi who sits in a chair under a sign ,"Ask the Rabbi," providing advice and wisdom. Many of the regular retail shops stay open during the festival. The local restaurants are open and quite busy. At one end of the street are all the food vendors.

    It gets crowded, but it is navigable for a wheelchair.
    Written 28 January 2023
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  • Rob S
    Boise, ID678 contributions
    This was an easy hike up the canyon with a little bit of history mixed in. Pretty waterfall at the top. Hard to believe this is just outside of downtown.
    Written 20 January 2023
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  • Jaybirdthezlato
    5 contributions
    Located right on the San Andreas fault in the middle of a desert plain is this incredibly large, lush oasis with huge Palm trees and very active diverse bird life. Better than any Oasis we saw in Joshua Tree National Park. Truly awesome. Good easy to moderate hiking trails.
    Written 28 December 2022
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  • pogachels
    Millburn, NJ116 contributions
    We hiked in Indian Canyons and learned about the area from one of the knowledgeable rangers, Wade who helped us understand the best trails to take in light of the recent rains and also educated us on the tribe.
    Written 21 January 2023
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  • vacationaholic
    Central Oregon, OR398 contributions
    Pay to enter the reservation hiking area - check their website - Aqua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Reservation for prices. They also offer free admission for military/first responders - with ID, that is not listed on their website.

    We entered to hike the Andreas Trail. A very easy hike for most abilities from an established parking trailhead. There are a fee boulders to move around and some elevation change, but overall it is an easy hike. We did this near Christmas, so heat was not an issue, though we did pack water. We enjoyed this hike very much and would happily return.
    Written 2 January 2023
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  • Trail Ahead
    Perris, CA4 contributions
    It's amazing to be in a true desert oasis and imagine what life was like for the Cahuilla people who's ancestral home this is. There are about 2000 of California Fan Palms here in Palm Canyon and makes this the place where the largest collection of them can be found anywhere. There is a fee to enter Indian Canyons but it's totally worth it to see all this amazing natural desert beauty.
    Written 6 December 2022
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  • FjordFan
    Milwaukee144 contributions
    My wife and I spent a day hiking in Joshua Tree and two days hiking around Palm Springs (including Indian Canyons, Tahquitz Canyon and taking the aerial tram up to Desert View Trail). They were all great but our favorite hike of the entire trip was the Ladder Canyon / Painted Canyon loop. It's like three different hikes all in one-- first you climb your way through and out of Ladder Canyon (a great slot canyon), next you walk around the canyon rim with panoramic views in every direction, then you loop back down through the beautiful Painted Canyon. The 5 mile loop took us 2 1/2 hours at at leisurely pace. Overall a very unique experience, lots of great pictures. Highly recommend. FYI we did have a 4WD SUV so had no problems navigating the gravel road to get to the trailhead. Saw quite a few 2WD cars there too even though there are signs along the road that say 4WD only.
    Written 7 March 2022
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  • Rosemary W
    Seattle, WA1,516 contributions
    If you enjoy succulents and cactus, this is the place to go. They have hundreds of well-established plants from different desert regions, all in good condition, some very large. There is also a greenhouse area where some of the plants are grown in pots.

    The dirt paths are well maintained, and some of them might be wheelchair compatible. I had no trouble getting around with my cane. There are several benches to sit on. There is A Restroom, but I didn't look into it, so can't comment on it.

    There is a big dirt parking lot about 1/2 block away, and street parking may be available. There is no sidewalk, so approaching the garden requires walking along the street or on a narrow dirt strip. The entrance is a rathe steep, but short, driveway - I thought it was too much for a wheelchair.

    We saw and heard many hummingbirds here.

    They have plants for sale, and they all looked healthy and attractive.
    Written 28 January 2023
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  • Driddel
    Calgary, Canada16 contributions
    Palm Canyon Drive is the main drag. It's clean and wide and traffic is steady but there isn't too much of it.
    Written 21 March 2022
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  • Claudia10229
    Dallas, TX394 contributions
    We hiked the Murray and Seven Sisters Trail. I'm not sure where one starts and ends, but it was recommended we follow either sign on the trail to the end of the trail, where there are signs that trail is done. Drive into the Andreas/Murray parking area but keep driving to the last parking lots. Since the trail head starts from the last parking area. Otherwise you get to walk a bit more through the parking lots.

    There is a trail head sign. Hike starts in the hot desert area but then goes into canyons which are cooler due to rocks and palm trees. Fairly good signage except one area where you scramble up rocks close to the end of the hike. Through many palm trees, some streams. In October the water not not flowing much but visible and made the area cooler. The rock formations are impressive.

    We were told by a Tribal Ranger that some people don't stop at the end of the trail and continue over the boulders. And apparently some people do fall and slip on the boulders. Rangers provide talks or lead interpretive hikes on some days, check on their website for details.

    There are some nice picnic tables in the parking lot area, many in the shade so it was fun to hike in the morning and return to the car for a picnic lunch in the shade of palm trees. Then we hiked the shorter Andreas loop.
    Written 28 October 2022
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