In & Around Palm Springs
Unique Experiences Abound
With so much to do you might need to extend your stay. Just a few of the unique experiences of Palm Springs are listed below.
Palm Springs Aerial TramwayPhone: (760) 325-1391
Aboard the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the world’s largest rotating tramcar, you will experience a breathtaking journey up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon. Begin the ten minute ride at the Valley Station, elevation 2,643 feet, and end at the Mountain Station, elevation 8,516 feet. No matter what the season, whether you are enjoying spectacular views or hiking in a pristine wilderness, a one-of-a-kind experience can be had by all.
BMW Performance Driving School86030 62nd Ave., Thermal, CA, 92274
One of only two BMW Performance Driving Schools in the U.S., this pedal to the metal paradise is designed to push both amateur and professional drivers to their limits. Occupying 32 acres on the club grounds, the adrenaline-pumping facility features a dedicated 1.4-mile road course, 6.2 acres of paddock, a skid pad and an 8,500-square-foot performance facility. The private racetrack has a “no holds barred” attitude, with attendees grabbing gusto in responsible driving classes before strapping in for signature Hot Laps with pros scorching the track up to 135 mph for an unforgettable thrill.
Sunnylands Center & Gardens37977 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Phone: (760) 328-2829
A 17,000-square-foot building designed by Frederick Fisher & Partners. It sits on a 15-acre parcel adjacent to the historic estate and is surrounded by a nine-acre garden, designed by the Office of James Burnett. The garden features more than 53,000 individual arid-landscape plants and 1.25 miles of walking paths. Programs offered at Sunnylands Center & Gardens educate the public about the history of Sunnylands, its architecture, art collections, cultural significance, and sustainable practices.
The Living DesertPhone: (760) 346-5694
The Living Desert is a unique zoo and botanical garden that features “the deserts of the world.” Giraffes, mountain lions, zebras, and cheetahs are just a few of the incredible animals that take you from Africa to North America. The botanical gardens include geographic replicas of areas as diverse as Baja California’s Viscaino Desert and the exotic deserts of Madagascar. Stop by the interactive Discovery Center, visit one of the largest G-scale model train displays, enjoy a Wildlife Wonders animal presentation, hike the nature trails, have lunch in one of the cafes, or pet the goats in the Petting Kraal. Let the shuttles take you from African Village WaTuTu, to the state-of-the-art Wildlife Hospital. The Living Desert offers an experience like no other. The Living Desert's mission is desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation. They offer student programs for schools, family and kid's programs, as well as adult programs. Check the website for location information, current hours and events.
Desert Adventures Red Jeep Tours & EventsPhone: (760) 324-JEEP (5337)
Since 1987, Desert Adventures has provided unique and memorable tours in the Greater Palm Springs area. Ride the big red Jeeps to see astonishing sites in the beautiful desert. Travel to a natural palm oasis. Learn about Indian culture, plants, animals and geology as you ride across the sun kissed desert. Ask about all tours including Joshua Tree National Park, Indian Canyons, and Mecca Hills/Painted Canyon, Palm Springs City and Celebrity Homes Tour, or Gay Palm Springs Tour. Additional tours, activities, and events are also offered for groups.
Palm Springs Art MuseumPhone: (760) 322-4800
Located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, the Palm Springs Art Museum features a sophisticated collection of art, loaned or donated by the area's affluent residents. The museum has an art collection that rivals urban metropolitan museums, and includes works from Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Donald Judd, Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, Robert Rauschenberg, Antony Gormley and Ansel Adams. Spread over the 150,000 square feet, the museum boasts major collections of modern and contemporary art, glass, photography, architecture and design and Native American and Western art. It has two outdoor sculpture gardens, a café featuring American and Continental cuisine, and a museum store that includes one-of-a-kind gifts and art-related merchandise.
Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm DesertPhone: (760) 346-5600
Featuring several gallery areas and is home to changing exhibitions that both stand alone and complement the museum’s main Palm Springs location. The 8,400 square-foot environmentally friendly building (Silver LEED Certified) is surrounded by a two-acre, lushly landscaped sculpture garden housing the works of modern and contemporary masters such as Di Suvero, Gold and Judd -- a perfect setting for private and special events. The museum provides a variety of community activities, educational tours and lectures.
The Modern TourPhone: (760) 904-0904
Enjoy an intimate, individual, curated tour of some of Palm Springs’ finest examples of mid-century modern architecture and design. Tours feature both interiors and exteriors. This 2 ½ hour tour can be personalized to the tour-goers. Tours available for 2 to 40 guests. Corporate tours and event planning are a specialty.