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Top 15 things to do in Palm Springs

1. Disneyland Park, Anaheim

The "happiest place on earth," Disneyland Park consists of eight themed "lands" and a number of backstage areas. As you explore the 34 hectares (85 acres), you'll encounter roller coasters and boat rides, indoor and outdoor games, live shows, award-winning eateries, and a range of eclectic shops. If you'd rather not walk everywhere, stop at all eight lands via the narrow-gauge railroad that circumnavigates the park. As you travel through the magical worlds dreamed up by Disney, look for hidden representations of Mickey Mouse inserted subtly into the attractions' design and environmental decor. Conceived and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney, this amusement park boasts the largest cumulative attendance of any theme park in the world--having welcomed more than 650 million visitors since it opened in 1955. It also gave rise to its relative, Disney World, in Florida.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
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2. Disney California Adventure Park, Anaheim

Spend a day of thrill-seeking adventure at Disney California Adventure Park. Located adjacent to Disneyland Resort, the theme park offers over 29 hectares (72 acres) of attractions and entertainment dedicated to the history and culture of California. Fly high above the California orange groves and Napa Valley in the simulated Soarin’ Over California ride, or tear down the rushing rapids of the Grizzly River Run. To wind down, grab an ice cream and stroll down the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, or take a relaxing ride on the Ferris wheel, enjoying views of the entire park. Discount tickets are available online if purchasing more than a one-day pass.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
Tours from $285 › Learn more about Disney California Adventure Park

3. Tahquitz Canyon

Inhabited for thousands of years by the Cahuilla tribe, Tahquitz Canyon remains part of the tribe's legacy and is now overseen by the tribe's Agua Caliente Band. Walk the 3.2 km (2 mi) hiking trail through the canyon to Tahquitz Falls. The falls collect in a shallow pool you can wade through. The water also feeds an oasis of palms and desert growth that lines the trail. If you hike to the falls, bring drinking water, sunscreen, and a towel to dry your feet after wading.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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4. All-Inclusive Wine Tasting Tour of Temecula Valley

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The Vineyard Picnic Tour is an all-inclusive wine tasting tour featuring four wineries in Temecula. Join in with other like-minded wine enthusiasts for a relaxing day among the vineyards, sampling wines, seeing the wine making process, and savoring a picnic lunch at one of the wineries. All tastings & lunch are included. Grapeline was voted the top wine tour company in America in a USA Today poll.
Suggested duration: 5 hours
Tours from $148 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. San Jacinto Mountain

Escape the desert setting and visit San Jacinto Mountain, with its cool forest, wildlife, and nature trails. At 3,302 m (10,834 ft), the peak is significantly cooler than its surroundings and is a draw for hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, picnickers, and campers. You can take a large rotating aerial tram up the mountain or go by car. The tram passes through five different biomes, providing numerous photography opportunities. A restaurant and a gift shop are at the mountain station. You'll want to bring a camera, water, and warm comfortable clothes.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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6. Palm Springs Air Museum

Home to one of the largest displays of World War II aviation history, Palm Springs Air Museum honors the many contributions that U.S. pilots and citizens made towards winning the war. The collection includes a B-17 Flying Fortress, a F-16 Falcon, a F4F Wildcat, and a variety of other antique warbirds. No ropes or barriers separate visitors from exhibits. In addition to the three main air-conditioned hangars displaying 29 aircraft, relevant artwork, and other artifacts, there is a simulation center, a theater, a research library, and an airstrip, where flight demonstrations take place occasionally. With knowledgeable staff and a variety of hands-on activities, this museum will offer you a glimpse into this significant event in world history.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $15 › Learn more about Palm Springs Air Museum

7. Indian Canyons

Hike a riverbed to a palm oasis at , where the most popular trail runs through Andreas and Palm Canyon. At the end of the trail in Palm Canyon, lush greenery feeds off a desert stream. The boulders can make the trail challenging in places, but the reward is a cool, trickling brook and the shade of large palms. Remember to bring sunscreen, a hat, water, and sturdy hiking shoes. Purchase trail tickets for a reduced price at the visitor center near the Tram Road entrance.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $120 › Learn more about Indian Canyons

8. Joshua Tree National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour

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Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together!Explore the rugged, mystical beauty of Joshua Tree National Park with this narrated driving tour. Discover a desert full of amazing hikes and cartoonishly strange trees, and hear all about the area’s fascinating history, from the greed of the gold rush to the McHaney Gang’s reign of terror. Enjoy all this in any season from the comfort of your own car! As a bonus, this package also includes a tour through Palm Springs!• Tour Joshua Tree National Park from the comfort of your own car• No time limit to use this tour within—it’s available until you’re ready to go• This tour helps you navigate the national park to see its highlights• Independently tour Palm Springs, too, with an added bonus tour
Suggested duration: 3 to 4 hours
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9. Off-Road Tours, Palm Desert

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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10. VillageFest

Every Thursday night, Palm Canyon Drive transforms into a bustling outdoor street fair. During VillageFest, the street is closed to traffic and hosts all sorts of local vendors selling fresh produce, prepared foods, arts and crafts, flowers, and jewelry. Adding to the festive atmosphere, local restaurants and bars provide nearly endless choices for dinner. The event draws big crowds, which can mean long lines, but the reasonable prices, huge variety of options, and atmosphere bring people back again and again.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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11. Palm Springs Art Museum

Located in a building that itself is a work of art, Palm Springs Art Museum boasts a collection by prominent modern and contemporary artists. Hidden in this desert oasis are the works of Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and many others. Contemporary design, painting, sculpture, and photography reside with Native American and Mesoamerican art. The two styles seamlessly blend and bring out the essence of the American Southwest as the meeting point of the two worlds, ancient and modern. Temporary exhibits boost the rich permanent collection. The museum offers very popular, expert guided tours. If you’re interested in taking part, you should make a telephone reservation ahead of time.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $12 › Learn more about Palm Springs Art Museum

12. Temecula's Best Wine Tasting Tour

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Visit 3 of Temecula's top 10 wineries & taste 18 ounces of wine (that's 3 full glasses). Luxury transportation in 2023 Limo Party Buses! We offer several great wine tours!1) Wine Tour - South Coast and/or Danza Del Sol, Lunch inside Cave (Mon-Thur) or at Mount Palomar (Fri-Sun). Includes Wine & Production Tour2) All-Inclusive Wine Tour – Includes FREE Lunch! South Coast, Lunch inside Cave, Includes Wine & Production Tour3) Rancho Cal Wine Tour – Premier Wineries! Callaway, Mount Palomar, South Coast 4) Late Bird Tour – South Coast, Danza Del Sol, Includes Wine & Production Tour. 5) Night Out Tour – Maurice Carrie, Wine & Production Tour at Somerset, $30 dinner credit at Lorimar Winery.6) DIY Wine Tour – Private Tour. Requires min 14 guests. You choose wineries & lunch destination from our list of wineries!*DISCLAIMER: Lunch and Dinner are not included in ticket pricing except for All-Inclusive Wine Tour and Night Out Tour. Non-drinker tickets ($69) are available (18+ years)
Suggested duration: 5 hours
Tours from $139 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Off-Road Tours

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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14. Downtown Disney District, Anaheim

A bustling promenade offering shopping, dining, and entertainment, Downtown Disney District is an outdoor area within the sprawling Disney resort in Anaheim. Often called the resort's "shoppertainment center," the area lies between two theme parks and their hotels. Opened in 2001 as part of the resort's massive expansion, this entertainment district encourages extended stays in the popular Disney-themed entertainment complex. The district provides free parking for up to five hours, so you can take your time to enjoy a hearty meal and a few cocktails at an open-air cafe, shop at one of the largest Disney stores in the world, or explore a range of outdoor entertainment options, nightclubs, and movie theaters.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $285 › Learn more about Downtown Disney District

15. Disneyland Resort Tickets

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Welcome to the Happiest Place on Earth - Disneyland® Resort! From as little as USD83 per day, your Anaheim vacation will be more than magical when you book your admission tickets in advance. Head right to the turnstiles so you can spend more time enjoying everything these two amazing theme parks have to offer! Be sure to visit ** disneytraveltradeinfo.com/dlrcalendar ** to check availability and operating calendar for your desired dates. For more information, please visit: www.disneytraveltradeinfo.com/dlrws ** RESERVATIONS REQUIRED **Disney’s Genie+ service allows you to select the next available arrival window for Lightning Lane entrances at a variety of attractions at both parks, one at a time (subject to availability). This is a great addition, especially if you have Park Hopper tickets. Disney Genie+ also includes unlimited Disney PhotoPass digital photo downloads from your day, as well as fun new audio experiences that let you discover the parks in cool new ways!
Suggested duration: 2 to 5 days
Tours from $285 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

Best tours in Palm Springs