Places to visit in Palm Springs

Top Things to Do in Palm Springs, CA

Places to Visit in Palm Springs

Top Attractions in Palm Springs


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  • Pen F
    Fort Lauderdale, FL17 contributions
    Excellent activity to do while in Palm Springs. We took the first tram of the day and it was very full. You might want to consider wearing your mask for the tram ride up to the top if you have still have any concerns about COVID. The views are spectacular and the hiking trails are very well marked. Be sure to bring water and appropriate hiking shoes. They have also have small lockers if you want to store any of your personal items in there while hiking the trails. The lockers take 6 quarters. If you don’t have change, the can get it from the gift shop. Highly recommend this adventure.
    Written 6 July 2022
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  • J P
    9 contributions
    This was by far one of the coolest hikes I'd ever done!

    However, I was disappointed to learn that they didn't open until 8 am. It gets very hot in Palm Springs so I tried to get there at 7 am to beat the heat of the day, but was turned away.
    Despite having to start a bit later in the day, it was a great experience! The photos on here just can't do the trails justice.

    I started at the Victor Trail at Palm Canyon and then did Andreas Canyon where there is some water falls. Both of the parking lots are very close to some of the most scenic areas of the hikes so if you can't walk far you can still enjoy the scenery!

    Pack lots of water! And fair warning- you will see a ton of lizards, but they leave you alone.
    Written 25 July 2022
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  • KJ Percy
    29 contributions
    Very friendly and knowledgeable staff with 5 hangers filled with information and more planes outside. There is no air conditioning - it’s warm but not uncomfortably so. Aside from the planes there was lots of other displays with audio and video - there was something for everyone! The museum encompasses many topics - we particularly liked the B-17 bomber which you were able to go into. Limited refreshments but a fantastic way to spend an afternoon. Another highlight is the POW-MIA exhibit - very moving. There were many exhibits donated and we were impressed with the all the model airplanes from wwii. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. Staff made you feel very welcome.
    Written 2 August 2022
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  • Joe M
    5 contributions
    We took the rotating tram to the top of San Jacinto. There are amazing views both on the ride up and at the top of the mountain. And the big bonus is how much cooler it is at the top of the mountain! In addition to views, we did a small 1.5 mile hike enjoying the sound of the wind blowing through the Pines and birds chirping. It’s completely different world than being on the valley floor. We’ll come back again.
    Written 27 May 2022
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  • Hongkon
    Lions Bay, Canada263 contributions
    Short hiking trails through this small Preserve are offering a spectacular close look at these giants. The Ranger station, when staffed, is providing detailed info. The visit is absolutely worth it and free of charge.
    Written 19 June 2022
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  • Kelly G
    Brooklyn10 contributions
    From the moment you enter a volunteer will help guide your visit and you will exit with a greater appreciation of local artists as well as those being showcased. Also, be sure to stop the gift shop!
    Written 18 July 2022
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  • bparr8
    St. Petersburg, FL19 contributions
    This is an excellent hike. We went in July and getting to the water was fabulous. The water was a great way to cool off for the hike down. Dress in quick dry clothes or a bathing suit. Also bring water shoes if your not comfortable being barefoot for the water. You will see bighorn sheep. The staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the area.
    Written 4 July 2022
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  • KLM1
    Kitchener, Canada755 contributions
    We only had two days in Palm Desert / Palm Springs, and we were lucky to be there on a Thursday night, so we could enjoy Villagefest.

    Parking was actually easier than expected, and we parked only a block from the Main Street.

    The street is full of really good artists, with a huge variety of arts and crafts for sale.

    There are musicians along the street, and lots of the restaurants were busy. At the north end there are many booths, with delicious food for sale.

    The whole street was magical, and a great place to spend a few hours, and get some unique treasures.
    Written 18 July 2022
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  • Colin F
    Toronto, Canada878 contributions
    I always do this trail when am in PS. There's something about the palms and the little canyon that's totally unique. You get to see their orange dragonflies too. The rangers are awesome too.
    Written 12 July 2022
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  • FjordFan
    Milwaukee123 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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  • joopca
    burbank, CA74 contributions
    A great family-friendly hike with picnic areas, tons of palms and boulders galore. We were there in high-traffic holiday time but still had a fun time.
    Written 30 December 2021
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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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  • Beckysmom31
    San Francisco, CA55 contributions
    We enjoyed this garden very much. It is small but a nice change of pace from the surrounding city. It's like a little park with labeled plants. You can smell the greenery as you walk among the cacti and succulents. We happened to come on a day when they offered a docent-led tour of the garden. This is a new feature, and I highly recommend the one-hour tour.
    The desert tortoises had just come out of hibernation that day and were out in their enclosure. We learned that the desert tortoise is endangered partially due to the population explosion (1000%) of ravens who eat the juvenile tortoises in the Mojave desert.
    The garden has a nice plant store.
    Written 12 March 2022
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  • John B
    San Diego, CA53 contributions
    Palm Canyon is one of the largest collection of Fan Palms in the world. It is an easy hike but very beautiful. Our young grand daughters had no problem hiking the canyon. The cost is under $10 per person.
    Written 30 April 2022
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  • JPollock311
    San Ramon, CA259 contributions
    Great morning hike, you can park near Palm Canyon and walk up to the trail head. There are picnic tables about 1.8 miles up, it is also where I ran into a family of mountain goats
    Written 12 February 2022
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