Palm Springs is a popular vacation spot due to all of its amazing ongoing events and exciting attractions.
The area offers guests the ultimate leisure excitement, from song and dance performances to incredible nature adventures in the midst of the desert.
Whether you’re seeking a hiking trip, balloon air ride, jeep tour, live concert, or a history lesson on your Palm Springs vacation, we have something for everyone.
Attractions and activities in Palm Springs vary from outdoor excursions, to concerts and exhibitions, to learning about the rich cultural history of Palm Springs and surrounding area.
History buffs will enjoy a tour of The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, where guests can view exhibits and artifacts from the 1800s.
When pioneers first discovered the land surrounding modern day Palm Springs, they worked hard to turn the natural land into a home, as it is today.
See how people over the years have turned nature into the amazing Palm Springs attractions, hotels, adventures and more.
Hiking and Nature Tours
Adventure-seeking guests should be sure to check out the Indian Canyons and Tahquitz Canyon excursions to learn hands-on about the desert surrounding Palm Springs.
Guests can visit Indian Canyons, which includes Palm Canyon, a 15 mile long natural masterpiece, as well as The Andreas Canyon which houses over 150 species of indigenous plants and fan palms.
Hiking and climbing trails from here lead to Murray Canyon, where guests can enjoy picnicking and sight-seeing.
For those guests who enjoy a softer side of the outdoors, there are golf courses and hot air balloon rides throughout Palm Springs, with gorgeous views minus the strenuous hiking.
One of two golf courses in the area is Cimarron Golf Resort, featuring two layouts with European style blended with traditional desert golf.
The other is Tahquitz Creek Golf Course, with two 18-hole courses and beautiful views of Palm Springs.
Tahquitz Creek also features the challenge of severe back to front slopes on each of the courses designed by renowned Ted Robinson in 1995.
Hot air balloon tours are another great way to experience the natural beauty of Palm Springs. Take a sunrise flight, or see the sun fade in the afternoon sky, with a guided tour by your personal FAA Commercial pilot.
Breath-taking views of Palm Springs, photo ops and in- flight pictures are all yours with these relaxing rides. Take advantage of the unique landscapes available with these outdoor Palm Springs attractions.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway offers magnificent tram cars, which revolve. Mountain Station, which is 8,516 feet in elevation, has a cocktail lounge, restaurant, and a gift shop. You’ll also find 54 miles of great hiking trails in Mt. San Jacinto State Park as well as ski rental equipment. A permit is required for overnight camping.
The park is open all year. Hours: weekdays, 10 a.m., weekends and holidays, 8 a.m.
Tram cars run every half hour. The last one down the mountain leaves at 9:45.
1 Tram Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Palm Canyon is 15 miles long and is among the most beautiful places in the West. It contains natural flora and fauna which are indigenous to the gorges and desert lands of this area.
The Andreas Canyon contains over 150 different species of plants and fan palms are also abundant.
There is also Murray Canyon, which can be hiked to from Andreas Canyon. There are recreation areas within palm trees at the end of many of the trails.
S. Palm Canyon Drive, 5 miles from the center of Palm Springs
Located inside the Agua Caliente Reservation, Tahquitz Canyon is a strikingly beautiful and culturally diverse area. Some of the spectacles the canyon has to offer are a breathtaking 60-foot waterfall, ancient water systems, an array of different plants and wildlife, and rock art.
500 W. Mesquite, – Just West of Palm Canyon Drive in Down Town Palm
The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum
The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum represents the culture and history of the Cahuilla Indian Tribe and is a non-profit organization. Museum Admission is Free.
Hours: Sept thru May 10 am to 5 pm Wednesday-Sunday
June thru August 10 pm to 5 pm Friday-Sunday
Village Green Heritage Center, 219 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Palm Springs Air Museum
Walk back through history in the three air-conditioned sparkling hangars. Take a trip back in time – talk to war veterans and check out any of the 27 WWII planes, which include a Spitfire, B25, P47, and a B17.
Twenty vintage automobiles (including a 1948 Tucker, 1928 copper-trimmed Rickenbacker) gleam next to the Combat Photography, Flying Tigers and Women in WWII displays. A diorama showing Pearl Harbor before the attack is positioned next to a $1,000,000 exhibit of five handcrafted metal models of navy vessels.
Watch a free video in the Buddy Rogers Theater and then test your flying skills on the combat computer flight simulators.
750 N. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum is a nationally accredited art and natural science facility, featuring fine permanent collections and top touring exhibitions, galleries, sculpture gardens, Annenberg Theater, Café
Open Tuesday – Sunday, year round except major holidays.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed during August.
Free Admission: Thur 4-8pm and 2nd Sunday of the Month
101 Museum Dr.
Recorded info 760-325-0189
Desert Adventures – Red Jeep Tours and Events
Call Desert Adventures for all your Palm Springs Desert Resorts jeep tours, hiking, biking, team building, party planning and corporate event needs.
Desert Adventures offers jeep tours of Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta and the
Corporate events such as parties, team building and corporate events at Metate’ Canyon Ranch, a 1000 acre private desert preserve located on the San Andreas Fault.
Palm Springs Balloon Rides
Enjoy the best part of the day with a spectacular sunrise balloon flight or bid the sun farewell in the afternoon.
Get spectacular views of the Coachella valley! Ballooning provides great photo opportunities, so bring plenty of film or memory chips!
As you fly peacefully with the wind, your skilled FAA commercial pilot will give you a great tour of the area.
In-flight we will share the history and celebrate with a 200 yr old traditional champagne toast. Following your adventure you will be presented with commemorative aeronaut flight certificates and in-flight photos.
Ballooning is space available and weather permitting so always schedule for your first available day.
Cimarrón Golf Resort
Cimarrón, named after the vibrant purple flower, also means “wild and untamed”. Enhancing the stark beauty of the native desert, Cimarrón uses European-style such as bunker walls made of sod, and filled with white crushed marble against the creative contouring of the emerald fairways.Cimarron is quite unique because of the fact that it combines traditional desert golf with European links similar to old Scotland.
Tahquitz Creek Golf Course
The course is made up of two outstanding 18-hole courses, both offering incredible views of Palm Springs. Tahquitz Creek was recently voted “one of the best places to play,” by Golf Digest.
A Palm Springs favorite since its opening in 1995 as The Legend, Tahquitz Creek is a traditional styled course and has recently been renovated. What was once 6600 yards of fairways lined with trees now has 40 additional bunkers.
Beware! There is a severe back to front slope on the greens. The course opened in 1995 and was designed by the famous architect Ted Robinson. The course features strategically placed bunkers, rolling terrain, spectacular waterscapes and incredible views of the mountains.