Palm Springs, California
Five Must Do’s in Palm Springs
The Palm Springs area may be best known as a top level golf destination, but there’s many more ways to enjoy your time in the Coachella Valley than hitting the links. Palm Springs was once a Hollywood vacation hotspot, which has shaped the city into something truly unique. Check out our five must do’s in Palm Springs, which we hope will help you get the most out of your next stay at Cimarron Golf Resort.
1. Explore the Desert –
The Coachella Valley’s gorgeous desert terrain is a hiker’s paradise. The valley has several national parks, picturesque canyons, snow-capped mountains, and a stunning array of flora and fauna that you don’t have to go far to see. The dusty trails of Joshua Tree National Park, the pine trees of the San Bernardino National Forest, and the palm-tree lined streams of Andreas Canyon are all within 40 miles of Palm Springs. Click here to see a list of some of the best hiking trails in Palm Springs.
2. Go for a Scenic Drive –
There are plenty of other ways to experience the sweeping vistas of the Coachella Valley if hiking isn’t your cup of tea. One of the best ways to see the area is by car since many of the highways offer plenty of scenic views. The Joshua Tree Journey, a nearly four-hour trip that takes you through the middle of Joshua Tree National Park. Another option is the Rim of the World Scenic Byway, a two-hour excursion along stunning lakes and through the pine and oak forests and past of the San Bernardino Mountains. If you want to enjoy desert and forest views, take the Palms to Pines Scenic Byway, a 67-mile journey through the mountains just west of Palm Springs.
3. Visit Idyllwild –
Those looking to escape the desert should travel to Idyllwild, a quaint village nestled among the pine forests high in the San Juan Mountains. Idyllwild, located only one hour from Palm Springs, is a popular destination for mountain bikers, hikers, campers, and rock climbers. The town also has several restaurants and small shops that sell a variety of goods, including antiques, candles, souvenirs, and toys. It’s not unusual for Idyllwild to receive snowfall in the winter months, which would be a real change of pace from sun-soaked Palm Springs. Want to visit Idyllwild? Click here for directions from Cimarron Golf Resort.
4. Experience the Palm Springs Villagefest –
If you’re a fan of outdoor markets, then you’ll find plenty to love about the Palm Springs Villagefest. The market, held every Thursday in downtown Palm Springs, features more than 200 booths that sell gorgeous handcrafts, beautiful art pieces, and all sorts of delicious food. Each block also has fantastic street entertainment and many of the shops and restaurants throughout downtown stay open late.
Hours – 6 PM – 10 PM October - May 7 PM – 10 PM June – September
5. Browse the Backstreet Art District –
Palm Springs’s thriving arts scene is concentrated in its Backstreet Art District, located just south of the airport. The district is home to 10 galleries that showcase a diverse selection of art, including photography, steel sculptures, jewelry, and modernist oil paintings. Many of these galleries open their doors to the public, meaning you can spend an afternoon strolling from one place to another simply appreciating all the great art. The district also hosts an art walk from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month, which is a great way to meet the artists and tour all the galleries.
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