The greater Coachella Valley area provides a wealth of year-round attrations and events both indoor and outdoor, that will appeal to any mood or taste. From one-of-a-kind museum exhibits illustrating the unique desert environment and early Native American cultures, to hot air balloon excursions that reveal the wonders of the desert landscape, to landmarks which relate to the social history of the area as a playground for golfers and wealthy Hollywood celebrities. You will marvel at the number and scope of attractions to choose from in a community which makes such a quiet and uneventful first impression. The desert hides a lot of beautiful surprises from the untrained eye. The Coachella Valley has hundreds of interesting attractions. You will be sure to discover many more than we have listed in whatever direction you happen to wander. Ask the Indian Waters RV Resort office staff for more information. www.visitpalmsprings.com
Ride the largest rotating tramcar in the world to the top of Chino Canyon, and have a meal at the Top of the Tram restaurant, where you will have a spectacular view of the area from over 8,000 feet high.
End of Tramway Road, northwest of downtown. (760) 325-1449. Call for hours and prices. www.pstramway.com
Restored and preserved World War II propeller-driven aircraft are featured here, where you can tour the restoration area and view informative programs in the Buddy Rogers Theatre of the Air.
745 North Gene Autry Trail. (760) 778-6262. Open 10AM- 5PM www.palmspringsairmuseum.org
BT West Palm Springs Celebrity Tours
A variety of tours and touring options are available for exploring all of the local noteworthy sites, as well as a special tour that focuses on homes and haunts of the celebrities.
4741 East Palm Canyon Drive, Suite F, Palm Springs. (760) 770-2700. www.thecelebritytour.com
Cabot's Old Indian Pueblo Museum
Explore Southwestern history at this Hopi-style adobe structure that took over 20 years to build.
67-616 East Desert View Avenue, Desert Hot Springs. (760) 329-7610 Open , Tuesday Sunday 9AM 4PM (Closed on Mondays) www.cabotsmuseum.org
Coachella Valley Museum Cultural Center
Long home to the Cahuilla Indians, a new wave of settlers came to the Coachella Valley in the late 1800s along with the Southern Pacific Railroad. Being th halfway point between Yuma and Los Angeles, what is today the city of Indio, was selected by the Southern Pacific as an ideal traffic stop.
82166 Miles Ave. (760) 342-6651 Open Thursday Saturday 10AM 4PM and Sunday 1PM 4PM www.coachellavalleymuseum.org
Several date groves in the Coachella Valley area, "date capital of the world" since the late 1800s, offer tours, gift shipping anywhere in the world and serve samples of date products, including date shakes.
Indio Orchards, 80-521 Highway 111, Indio. (760) 347-7534
Oasis Date Gardens, 59-111 Highway 111, Thermal. (760) 399-5665 www.oasisdate.com
Shields Date Gardens, 80-225 Highway 111, Indio. (760) 347-0996. www.shieldsdategarden.com
Desert Adventures Jeep Eco Tours
Experience the real desert with Desert Adventures, the original and largest adventure company in Palm Springs. (760) 340-2345 www.red-jeep.com www.caladventures.com/desertadventures.htm
Palm Springs Art Museum
A sculpture gardens and cafe, regional art, natural history of the area and the Annenburg Theatre are featured at this nationally accredited museum. 101 Museum Drive. (760) 325-7186 Open Tues/Wed/Fri/Sat/Sun 10AM 5PM , Thurs 12PM 8PM (The second Sun of each month admission free 10AM 5PM) www.psmuseum.org
General Patton Memorial Museum
World War II memorabilia are on display at this unique museum next door to Camp Young.
I-10, thirty minutes east of Indio, exit Chiriaco. (760) 227-3483. www.generalpattonmuseum.com
Hot Air Balloon Rides
Start your unforgettable aerial exploration of the Coachella Valley with a tasting at a local vineyard in Temecula wine country and Perris Lake. (760) 568 -0997
A few minutes drive from the center of Palm Springs on South Palm Canyon Drive will bring you to land belonging to the Agua Caliente tribe of Cahuilla Indians and the breathtaking natural beauty that has remained untouched for centuries in the Palm, Andreas, Murray and Tahquitz Canyons. (760) 325-3400. www.theindiancanyons.com
Joshua Tree National Park
Horseback riding, hiking, or just examining the unusual desert flora and wildlife are popular activities at this national preserve comprised of part of the Mojave Desert and southern Colorado.
Joshua Tree, CA (about an hour outside of Palm Springs). (760) 367-5500. www.nps.gov/jotr/index.htm
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
Get a good look at local desert wildlife and flora from the comfort of a shady and misty 1,200-acre park, which also features an African wildlife, hiking trails, a cafe, gift shop and picnic areas.
47-900 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert / Indian Wells. (760) 346-5694 Open 9AM 5PM Free Parking www.livingdesert.org
Moorten Botanical Garden
The rare and unusual flora of the Mojave Desert are featured at the south end of Palm Springs at this indoor and outdoor museum, formerly the Moorten family private estate, where they flourish as they do in the wild
1701 South Palm Canyon Drive. Open 10AM 4PM (Closed on Wednesday) (760) 327-6555. www.moortengarden.com
Palapas of Araby Cove
With the Santa Rosa mountains in the background, this artists' colony in a canyon of tropical foliage and waterfalls is a beautiful place for exploration and spiritual renewal.
3255 East Palm Canyon Drive. (760) 416-1818.
Palm Springs Follies - The Follies' 23rd edition, The Last Hurrah!
This is there Farewell Season! Don't Miss it! Offering on of the most memorable performances of a lifetime. Featuring wonderful costumes, musical variety and comedy.
1285 Palm Canyon Drive. (760) 327-0225 www.psfollies.com
Palm Springs Walk of the Stars
See your favorite stars! (760) 416-5811.
Uprising Outdoor Activities Center
Enjoy rock climbing where beginners lessons are offered to children ages 6 and older, right next door to Knott's Soak City USA.
1500 South Gene Autry Trail. (760) 320-6630. www.uprising.com
Get a good look at these wind turbine blades, which catch the wind of San Gorgonio Pass and sweep half the length of a football field, as they supply a clean and quiet source of power to the area, on a 1- hour tour of this part of the Sonoran Desert. (877) 449-WIND.
Free things to do in the Coachella Valley
First Thursday of each month- ART WALK on El Paseo Drive, Palm Desert 5PM 9PM (760) 346-8885 or 877-735-7273
First Saturday of Each Month Bird Sanctuary Tour in Indio 46-500 Van Buren St. Open 8AM 12PM (760) 347-2647
Every Wednesday and Saturday Evening Indio Open Air Market Open 4PM 10PM at the Riverside County Fairgrounds, 46350 Arabia St. 1-800-222-7467
Every Thursday Evening Palm Springs The Village Festival Open June September 7PM 10PM, October May 6PM 10PM on Palm Canyon Dr. (760) 320-3781
Every Saturday Morning Hike Palm Desert Hike at the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains. National Monument Visitor Center Open 9AM 11AM 51500 Hwy 74 (760) 862-9984
Every Saturday and Sunday Mornings Palm Desert College of the Desert (COD) Open June September 7AM 12PM and October May 7AM 2PM 43-500 Monterey at Fred Waring Blvd (760) 636-7959
First Saturday of each month Art Under the Umbrellas Old Town La Quinta Open 10AM 4PM 78015 Main St (Washington Street & Calle Tampico) (760) 564-1244
Weekdays Marriott Hotel Free boat Ride around the property. Open Mon-Fri 5PM 6PM and Sat-Sun 3PM 6PM (760) 341-2211
Every Sunday Empire Polo Club Polo games. General admission. Open Jan 4th Mar 31st 12PM 2PM (760) 393-7298
Every Saturday - Horse Show HITS Horse Park Thermal Open 8Am 5PM (7600 399-9200
Every Friday Sunnylands Garden Walk open 10:30AM 11:30AM 37977 Bob Hope Dr. Rancho Mirage (760) 328-2829 www.sunnylands.org
Salton Sea 46 miles from the area. Californias largest lake at 380 sq. miles. Salton Sea History Museum and Visitor Center.
Salvation Mountain Niland Ca. Part of Sab City. This is a 3 story man-made hill constructed of concrete, adobe and latex paint.
Sonny Bono Salton Sea Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Wildife exhibits, bookstore. Open 7AM 3:30PM Donations accepted.
Idywild 40 miles up in the San Jacinto Mountains. Many Shops and restaurants. Take Hwy 74 and Monterey. A steep climb with beautiful views. Return via Hwy 243 and I-10 in Banning.
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