5 Things to do in Palm Springs

Traveling to Palm Springs and looking for new activities to do while in the area? I’ve got you covered. The greater Palm Springs area offers such a wide variety of activities that there’s something for everyone! This was my 5th trip to the area and I always find new things to do. Here are my latest recommendations.

1) Pioneertown – Located just a quick drive from downtown Palm Springs via route 62, Pioneertown is an old live-in film set dating back to the 1940s that has now been transformed into a tourist attraction. The area was incredibly well kept and though a little small, is worth the trek. They’ve got a few shop as well as a bar and restaurant where you can stop in if you’re in need of a snack.

2) Tahquitz Canyon – This hidden gem is a stone’s throw away from downtown Palm Springs. Tahquitz Canyon is a very well kept secret in the city and rightfully so. This beautiful canyon has been around for 1500+ years and is part of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Reservation. There is a beautiful 2 mile hike that leads to a 60 foot waterfall right in the middle of the canyon. You have to pay a small fee to walk on the trail but they also have a visitor centre with exhibits and information about local archeological finds, etc.

3) Native Foods Café – Around since 1994, Native Foods Café provides delicious and quality plant-based meals in a cafeteria style low-key restaurant in Palm Springs. Whether you’re craving a bowl, sandwich, burger or salad, they’ve got a wide variety of tasty eats to choose from. Though originally from Palm Springs, they’ve had so much success that they’ve expanded to several other locations across the Southern United States.

4) Off Road Rentals – If you’ve driven into Palm Springs before, you’ve probably noticed Off Road Rentals, located on the right of the highway 111 heading into town. This family-run business has been around since the late 80s. You can rent one of their 4-speed quads and drive up and down their huge sand dunes. It’s an amazing time for anyone wanting a little adventure. Depending on how busy the course is, they may even give you some free riding time!

5) Mt. San Jacinto – One of the greatest finds in all of Southern California. Mt. San Jacinto can be accessed via the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway (at $25+ a round trip!). It’s a quick 10 min ride up or for those wanting an extra challenge, you can also hike up the 10,000 ft mountain and just got a one-way down. Once at the Mountain Station, you can refuel or pack snacks and explore some of their 50+ miles of trails at the top. The trails offers some of the most stunning views of the desert, valley and high country forest.

 

5 Things to do in Palm Springs

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Palm Springs is a desert city located 2hrs away from Los Angeles. You’ve probably heard of this place thanks to Coachella. It used to be and still is a vacation destination for Hollywood stars and is renown for midcentury-modern architecture. It’s a great place for food, architecture and fitness.

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1) Stay at The Saguaro Palm Springs – This technicolor heaven is the coolest looking boutique hotel in all of Palm Springs. After having been following them on social media for a while, I knew this would be my destination of choice when I finally visited Palm Springs.

The hotel is decorated to perfection. I loved their colorful southwestern lounge in the lobby, filled with cactuses, a ping pong table and cool hand-crafted Mexican furniture. The rooms match the colorful exterior of the building, that was designed by renown architects, Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat. Each room has a balcony and features plush organic bedding and unique Mexican decorations. I love that each room also had a collection of design and architecture reference books.

The boutique hotel offers complimentary yoga as well as cruiser bikes, which we took to explore the city of Palm Springs. El Jefe, one of the hotel’s restaurants offers a great selection of Mexican inspired poolside snacks or breakfast options. The menu is overseen by Iron Chef winner Jose Garces.

Their olympic-sized pool surrounded by lush gardens is the perfect spot for relaxation. Free wifi and parking are also a little added bonus!

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2) Eat at Cheeky’s – This is THE brunch hotspot in Palm Springs. Their brunch menu changes every week and features fresh, local and organic ingredients. I thoroughly enjoyed the mix of classic brunch options as well as southern and Mexican inspired dishes. If you’re looking to get a table, don’t be surprised if you have to wait up to 2hrs in the scorching heat. That said, the food is worth the wait. I highly recommend the homemade biscuit and the chile verde burrito (if the items are available!).

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3) Visit the Palm Springs Air Museum – Located a few minutes drive from downtown Palm Springs, the Air Museum is a great place to spend a morning or an afternoon. The museum is run by volunteers, who are retired pilots, war veterans and military members. They will gladly share their wealth of knowledge, experience and stories with anyone willing to listen to them. The museum is divided into different sections, all representing different periods of history, wars and continents. It’s the only air museum in the US that allows you to enter the planes themselves and get a full tour of the aircrafts. Visiting the museum was such a great learning experience. Admission is $16 US per person.

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4) Eat at Tinto – This is one of Chef Jose Garces‘ latest culinary ventures. Tinto is a Basque inspired tapas bar and restaurant. The atmosphere of the restaurant is sophisticated, the food is delicious and the prices are fair. Garces offers a unique selection of tapas, with a very special twist. Every dish featured its own unique flavours, textures and ingredients. Sharing a bunch of different menu items is the best way to go.

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5) Go see dinosaurs – Named the world’s biggest dinosaurs, this roadside attraction is located only a few minutes away from Palm Springs. If you’re a fan of the T-rex or the Apatosaurus, you may want to stop along the way to or from Palm Springs. You can access the two biggest dinosaurs for free from the parking lot or opt for the full self-guided tour of the dinosaur garden for $9 US per person.

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