What a feast of fun for everyone here in the desert! So many things to do and see, you will always be entertained. Here are just a few of the things that we recommend.
1. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, Palm Springs
A favorite with locals as a way to escape the heat. Beautiful tram ride up and up to the top of the mountain where it can be up to 40 degrees cooler. Great views on the way, with hiking trails and a cafe at the top. Pack a lunch if you want to enjoy eating at a picnic table amongst the pines.
2. Palm Springs Air Museum, Palm Springs
If you even a little bit like to look at aircraft, this place is a treasure. Three areas of restored World War II planes, a cafe, and all kinds of exhibits. Plan to spend a few hours here, you’ll want to.
3. The Living Desert, Palm Desert
There is really nothing else like this amazing place. It’s a fantastic zoo, housing tropical and desert dwelling wildlife, and also the most glorious botanical gardens. A true ‘not to miss’ if you are headed this way. Located in Palm Desert.
4. Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs
Featuring art of the Southwest, including Native American sculpture and modern architectural photography. Tip: free admission on Thursdays from 4 – 8PM.
5. VillageFest Street Fair, Palm Springs
Cruise the main downtown streets and shop local with the many vendors set up on the street. Going strong now for seventeen years, it’s open year-round, Thursday nights, October through May, 6p – 10p and June through September, 7p – 10p.
6. Indian Canyons, Palm Springs
If you go in the morning, it’s perfect. BRING WATER! Opportunities to see wildlife is always present. Small admission fee, guided tours available. Hundreds of trails to choose from all over the desert. Fantastic way to see all that the desert has to offer in the way of hiking and exploring.
7. El Paseo Drive, Palm Desert
El Paseo in Palm Desert is world-renowned for posh shops, fine dining and beautiful local art. We here call it the ‘Rodeo Drive’ of the desert. All the really good shops known around the world are here. Classy high end restaurants and cocktail bars.
8. San Jacinto Mountain
Takes about five hours to get to the peak but it is really something. Very curvy road so be careful if driving. Lots of wildlife to see, trails to hike, and so many beautiful trees and birds. Cooler in the summer and a great destination.
9. Coachella Valley Preserve,
People rave about the beauty of this location. They also advise to go early in the morning in the summer, wear good shoes and take along plenty of water. Natural streams feed the palm trees, lots of wildlife. Oh, and it’s where people go to see the San Andreas Fault.
If you only need one excuse to come out to the desert in the summer, use this one. There are five top casinos here to see A-List talent, eat like royalty, and of course gamble in air-conditioned luxury.
» Bo Hudson, CBS Palm Springs. Bo is the host of the afternoon radio show on KEZN 103.1 FM Palm Springs. Follow Bo on Twitter: @BoHudsonRadio.