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How to Spend 1 Day in Palm Springs

How to Spend 1 Day in Palm Springs

Located in the Colorado Desert, 100 miles (161 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles, Palm Springs is an oasis of sun, fun, and money that’s not just for retirees anymore. Thanks to events such as the Coachella music festival, it’s taken on a hip, laid-back vibe that attracts all ages. Here’s how to get the most out of one day there.

Morning: Take a Ride

Begin your day with expansive desert views from Palm Springs’ Aerial Tramway. Ascend 5,783 feet (1,790 meters) into the San Jacinto Mountains and experience the transition from hot and dry to cool alpine temperatures. At the top, enjoy the scenery from the observation deck or restaurant, then head out to hike, snowshoe, or cross-country ski on the trails around the station. Alternatively, join a Jeep tour and explore the surrounding desert before the afternoon sun becomes uncomfortable.

Afternoon: See the Stars’ Homes

Once known as “Hollywood's Playground,” Palm Springs boasts an impressive lineup of celebrity homes, including the former residences of Marilyn Monroe, Nat King Cole, and Elvis Presley. Join a guided tour to view some of these properties, as well as learn about the architecture and history of the area, which is renowned for its mid-century modern designs. Another trademark of Palm Springs is its windmills. Take a tour of the town’s 2,000-plus windmills and learn why this renewable energy source is so important to the region. Along the way, try a date milkshake, the signature treat of the California desert.

Night: Catch the Other Stars

One of the big advantages of being out in the desert, away from the city lights of Los Angeles, is the chance to see the stars—in the nighttime sky. Come evening, small-group tours venture out into Palm Desert via 4WD vehicles to do some stargazing. In addition to learning about desert wildlife and geology, get a clear view of the visible planets and stars, with the help of a telescope and your guide. Alternatively, you can book an aerial tram ride for the evening, then enjoy dinner at the Mountain Station restaurant or café and grab a drink at the lounge.

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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Admission Ticket

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Admission Ticket

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Soar over Palm Springs on the Aerial Tramway for spectacular views of the desert. Ascending to 5,783 feet (1,790 meters), the tram transports you to the cool air in the San Jacinto Mountains. View unspoiled wilderness, including mountain spires and Ponderosa pine trees, during your ascent. Disembark and explore the area around Mountain Station, which includes a cocktail lounge, restaurant and observation deck. Hike, snowshoe or cross-country ski on the trails in the Mt. San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness Area around Mountain Station.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Joshua Tree National Park Driving Tour

Joshua Tree National Park Driving Tour

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Explore the uncanny landscape of Joshua Tree National Park with a 4.5-hour van tour from Palm Desert, near Palm Springs. Enjoy the comfort of an air-conditioned van or SUV as you navigate soaring granite formations and groves of the park’s famously spiky trees, and capture unforgettable images of terrain that spans the Colorado and Mojave deserts. Trace a gentle trail into the rocks at Hidden Valley and Keys View, watch for the park’s reclusive wildlife, and experience the unique beauty of one America’s most remarkable national parks.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$209.00
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Titanic Escape Room Game for Private Group

Titanic Escape Room Game for Private Group

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The unsinkable Titanic is going down – but, you heard the captain mention a hidden lifeboat over dinner. This unique Titanic-themed escape room is a great way to break out of your normal routine. Enjoy an exciting night out with friends or family, solving this exciting game, at Palm Springs’ largest escape room.
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  • 1 hour
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Modern & More Bike Tours Palm Springs

Modern & More Bike Tours Palm Springs

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Pack seeing three South Palm Spring neighborhoods into just one morning with this South Palm Springs Architecture, History, and Bike Tour. Although your bike rental isn't included, you can bring your own bike for ultimate comfort along the way or get a discount to rent a bike nearby. You'll explore Deepwell Estates, Twin Palms, and Indian Canyons while your guide tells you the history of the area.
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  • 2 hours 20 minutes to 2 hours 40 minutes
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ATV/UTV 28-Mile Off-Road Jackrabbit Tour (4-Riders)

ATV/UTV 28-Mile Off-Road Jackrabbit Tour (4-Riders)

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The vast Mojave Desert can be a tricky landscape to explore on foot, so save time and energy with this exciting off-road adventure in an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) or a utility task vehicle (UTV). To ensure you don’t get lost, the trip includes a high-tech helmet that’s equipped with an intercom system to communicate with the group and guide.
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  • 3 hours
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$759.00
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Palm Springs Indian Canyons Bike and Hike

Palm Springs Indian Canyons Bike and Hike

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Explore Palm Springs and Indian Canyons by bike and on foot during a half-day tour from downtown Palm Springs. With guide, bike rental, and snacks included, it’s easy to discover one of southern California’s most scenic city and desert landscapes. You'll ride through Palm Springs on a 10-mile (17-km) loop to Indian Canyons, then hike in the canyon at a leisurely pace suitable for reasonably active people.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$120.00
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Palm Springs Oasis Hike with Amazing Desert Views

Palm Springs Oasis Hike with Amazing Desert Views

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Enjoy the adventure of hiking around Palm Springs without the risk of getting lost on this guided hike. You'll be taken on an approximate three hour long hike with fantastic viewpoints across the desert and canyons with city views and a palm tree oasis.. The hike is best suited to moderately fit hikers with outdoor experience.
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  • 3 hours
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San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Springs
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San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Springs

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The San Andreas Fault is one of the world’s best-known fault lines—and this small-group tour will help you discover it up close. Pick between morning and afternoon start times, make your own way to the Indio departure point, and set off via open-air Jeep. You’ll discover the region’s dramatic scenery, will learn about desert habitats and the local Cahuilla people, will visit a desert oasis, and much more.
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  • 3 hours
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Indian Canyons Walking Tour by Jeep from Palm Springs
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Indian Canyons Walking Tour by Jeep from Palm Springs

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Go deep into Palm Springs’ Indian Canyons on a 3-hour, small group Jeep and hiking tour to the ancestral home of the Cahuilla tribes. Take in views of the rugged desert landscape as you ride into the rocky canyons, and learn the rich history of the Cahuilla; take a 1-mile (1.6-km) walk along a palm-lined stream to see the traces of historic Native American settlements. Visit a shady desert oasis, walk to a seasonal spring and browse a tribal trading post, then finish the tour at your Palm Springs hotel.
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  • 3 hours
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$175.00
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Rock Climbing Trips in Joshua Tree National Park (4 Hours)

Rock Climbing Trips in Joshua Tree National Park (4 Hours)

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Go rock climbing in Joshua Tree National Park on a half-day, private trip with a certified rock-climbing guide. Since all equipment is included, you won’t need to bring or rent your own gear. Whether you’re a beginning climber excited to try the sport, or a more experienced climber looking for a local intro to Joshua Tree rock climbing, the tour will be tailored to your preferences.
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  • 4 hours
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Palms to Vines Wine Tasting from Palm Springs

Palms to Vines Wine Tasting from Palm Springs

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Taste Temecula’s most celebrated wines on a private full-day tour from Palm Springs, and explore the valley’s dramatic terrain in a powerful H1 Hummer. Pass undulating lines of Syrah and Tempranillo vines as your knowledgeable guide drives you to a series of three wineries, and discover Temecula’s unpretentious approach to fine wines. Sample up to 18 wines that range from classic red and whites to an almond-infused bubbly, pause for a relaxed vineyard lunch, and enjoy the sun-drenched scenery of the Temecula Valley.
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  • 7 hours
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$299.00
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Mods & Icons Tour of Palm Springs

Mods & Icons Tour of Palm Springs

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From the Palm Spring Walk of Stars to the San Andreas Fault Line, discover Palm Springs without spending hours in a cramped, crowded tour bus on this small-group sightseeing tour. Drive through the city’s beautiful historic districts and hear the stories behind highlights like the Plaza Theater, the Aerial Tramway, and the Indian Canyons. Get to know Palm Springs in the flesh – and get great recommendations for the rest of your time in town.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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