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Things To Do in Greater Palm Springs Area

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Going on a vacation to Palm Springs?

In this article, I’ll share with you a few ways to spice up your vacation in Greater Palm Springs Area.

So, here are things to do in Greater Palm Springs area.

  1. Visit the top tourist attractions in Greater Palm Springs area
  2. Go on Private and custom tours
  3. Great outdoor activities
  4. Go on shows, concerts, and sports
  5. Great sightseeing tours
  6. Vintage shopping
  7. House tours

Related: what is so special about Palm Springs vacation

1. Visit the top tourist attractions in Greater Palm Springs area

It’s no doubt Palm Springs offers great and breathtaking tourist attractions. But some of the fun attractions include:

  • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
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This Aerial Tramway is the world’s largest rotating Tramcar. It carries a maximum of 80 passengers.

You get to enjoy great breathtaking scenic views, restaurants, nature exhibits, and so much more in approximately 10 minutes.

Google Maps link to Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

  • The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
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The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is amongst the top tourist attractions in Palm Springs. 

There is so much to learn at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens.

  • Indian Canyons
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A water feature at the Indian Canyons Golf Resort

Indian Canyons has great historic sites, ancient ruins, and canyons.

If you get the chance to visit this place, be sure to check out the amazing seven sisters waterfall and the Victor Beautiful Scenery.

You’ll also get to discover the ancestral home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.

If you prefer to visit on a guided tour, you can opt for a hiking jeep tour or a biking adventure.

Google Maps link to the Indian Canyons.

  • Eisenhower Walk of Honor

While you are here, be sure to read the moving tribute to the American service veterans. You will find it near City Hall.

Google Maps link to Eisenhower Walk of Honor.

  • Cabot’s Pueblo Museum
Things To Do in Greater Palm Springs Area-Cabots Pueblo Museum
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I found this museum unique in many ways, from the doors and windows to the old telephones creatively designed. 

The museum will take you back over 100 years. You will hear of the story of Cabot Yerxa and his family from Dakota Territory to Cuba, Mexico, Alaska, throughout California, including the founding of the Desert Hot Springs in California.

Google Maps link to Cabot’s Pueblo Museum

  • Palm Springs Air Museum
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Here you will get an up-close look at the bombers of Korea, Vietnam, and WWII and the legendary fighters during this time.

Google Maps link to Palm Springs Air Museum

2. Go on Private and custom tours

Explore the incredible landscape that Greater Palm Springs offers you through private and custom tours.

Some of these private and custom tours include:

3. Great outdoor activities

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Moorten Botanical Garden, Palm Springs, United States

If you enjoy adventurous activities, then in Palm Springs, you will get plenty of adventure opportunities. Some of these outdoor activities include:

  • Jeep Tour
  • Bike Tour
  • Scavenger hunt walking tour
  • Nature walks
  • Hiking/rock climbing
  • Palm Springs is a golfers’ paradise

If you’ve never been here before, I’d highly recommend taking a guided tour. It’s the best way to get a sense of the history and local culture.

I always use GetYourGuide to find things to do when visiting an unfamiliar destination. They’re easy to use and book with, and I’ve explored the best of my destinations with their tours.

4. Go on shows, concerts, and sports

There is always something incredible happening in Palm Springs. Palm Springs offers plenty of shows, concerts, and festivals, weekly live music concerts, low-key concerts, trivia nights, and under-the-radar dinner parties, to name a few.

Some of the shows that I enjoyed the most here were:

  • Marvyn’s Magic Theater

This was indeed a World-Class Theatre with a great variety of acts and comedy. For me, this was quite an intimate experience because I enjoyed every moment while in the theatre. Most of the performances go for about 75 minutes. This is plenty of time for good entertainment.

  • Coachella
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Coachella

If you love music and good fancy art, then you’ve probably heard of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival.

What’s fun about this festival is everything from the music, lots of food to try out, drinking, dancing, camping, and just the whole vibe of California summer.

Be sure to also enjoy sporting activities in places like the Empire Polo Club.

5. Vintage Shopping

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Personally, I love vintage because of its uniqueness, and it allows me to express my individuality perfectly.

So, if you love vintage for whatever reasons, then Palm Springs will give you so many options to choose from. Well, this can quickly get you overwhelmed.

You will get:

  • Vintage clothing and accessories
  • Beautiful vintage jewelry
  • Vintage furniture, décor, artwork, and housewares

The table below shows the best places to find the type of vintage you want and location.

TYPESTORELOCATION
Clothing & AccessoriesGypsyland Palm Springs66169 Pierson Blvd., Desert Hot Springs2775 N. Palm Canyon Drive. Palm Springs
Clothing & FurnitureIconic Atomic1103 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs
ClothingThe Frippery664 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs
ClothingThe Fine Art of Design73717 Highway 111, Palm Desert
Furniture, jewelry & other collectiblesSunny Dunes Antique Mall507 E. Sunny Dunes Road, Palm Springs
vintage clothing & collectiblesAntique Galleries of Palm Springs505 E. Industrial Place, Palm Springs

6. House tours

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You can get the opportunity to learn more about Palm Spring architecture on guided or self-guided tours.

If you’d like to know more, I’d highly recommend that you take a legends and icons guided tour.

You get a peek inside the luxurious private houses of the Hollywood elites, including Ambassadors Leonore Annenberg and Walter’s former winter home, through public tours.

Hey, I’m Rose. I’m passionate about electric cars and clean energy. My adventurous spirit and journalistic pursuits make each day fascinating and far greater. I consider traveling not just about the grandeur moments, but the little elements that transform the whole experience.