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Best things to do in Palm Springs

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

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“The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway in Palm Springs, California, is the largest rotating aerial tramway in the world. It was opened in September 1963 as a way of getting from the floor of the Coachella Valley to relatively near the top of San Jacinto Peak and was constructed in rugged Chino Canyon.”
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Art Museum
“Palm Springs Art Museum has three locations: two in downtown and one in Palm Desert. As the cultural and educational leader in the greater desert community, Palm Springs Art Museum provides extraordinary creative encounters. The main campus is centrally located in downtown Palm Springs and encompasses three floors of inspiring and invigorating artwork in a variety of media. The museum, which was designed by noted architect E. Stewart Williams, also contains the famed Annenberg Theater featuring an array of electrifying performances throughout the year, a lecture hall, a museum store with one-of-a-kind designer merchandise, and Persimmon Bistro Opens a New Window. . Another building designed in the classic midcentury style by E. Stewart Williams, Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center – Edwards Harris Pavilion Opens a New Window. was formerly a bank. It is now devoted to exploring the disciplines of architecture and design—integral aspects of the Palm Springs experience. It also features the Bradford W. Bates Vault: The Museum Design Store with unique items that showcase the best in contemporary design. The Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert – The Galen and the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden Opens a New Window. features ongoing and temporary explorations of painting, photography, sculpture and new media. The building is LEED certified for environmental design, and is surrounded by a four-acre sculpture garden. The beautifully landscaped setting is open year-round, and hosts numerous performances and receptions. ”
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“At Lulu California Bistro, talent, expertise and a passion for great food combine to produce a captivating dining experience. Menu options are both varied and value-priced. The quality is always high. Generous portions are prepared with fresh ingredients and a dash of innovation from award-winning chefs. Freshly baked bread and decadent desserts are made in-house daily, and are perfectly complemented by a cappuccino, latte or an endless pot of fresh brewed coffee. At an exciting bar area, one encounters the desert's best Happy Hour, 12-hours each day, every day. An award winning 3-course menu is offered beginning at 11 a.m. Friendly service abounds. Diners can choose to sit inside in air-conditioned comfort, enjoying views from various mezzanine levels, or experience the hustle and bustle of downtown Palm Springs from the lovely terrace. Call ahead to reserve your table today. Take advantage of the best deal in the valley 760.327.5858.”
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“If you want to take a break from the desert heat, take the Tram to the pristine wilderness of the Mt San Jacinto state park (8500 ft about sea level). The temperature up in the park is usually 30 degrees cooler than Palm Springs. Enjoy view points, hikes over 50 miles of trails, and visit the natural history museum. Two restaurants offer excellent dining, over night camping is available with advance reservation.”
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New American Restaurant
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“Great happy hour and atmosphere. Close to where you are staying. The food is great and priced accordingly. ”
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Trail
“I have not personally been to this one, but this is one of the areas that have had great reviews. There are multiple hiking trails here. There is a small admission fee. ”
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Museum
“The Palm Springs Air Museum, is a non-profit educational institution in Palm Springs, Riverside County, California. The Museum's mission is to exhibit, educate and eternalize the role of the World War II combat aircraft and the role the pilots and American citizens had in winning the war”
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New American Restaurant
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“Located in the heart of the Uptown Design District in Palm Springs, TRIO's energetic, desert-casual atmosphere is complemented by American modern food at reasonable prices. Delivery and carryout are available. 2018 Winner - Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator, honoring restaurants for having one of the most outstanding restaurant wine lists in the world. Stop by to try a favorite wine from the list or be adventurous and try something new.”
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Bakery
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“Extremely popular brunch spot in Palm Springs. Always a wait to be seated on the weekends.”
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Hotel
“A true pool scene, but also a surprisingly delicious local diner in Kings Highway. Ace Hotel is a short walk down the street and completely worth the visit. Treat yourself to a coffee or a drink at the Amigo Room when you get there.”
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Route
“when its too hot for you take the tram up to the top of the San Jacinto mountains where the air is cool and views majestic”
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Mexican Restaurant
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“One of our favorite restaurants in downtown Palm Springs! Great patio dining and live entertainment”
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Bakery
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“This is a fantastic institution! There are two locations, and if you go, order what they had on DIners, Drive In’s and Dives. You won’t be disappointed in the corned beef on potato latke sandwich!”
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Cafe
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“Now with 3 locations in Palm Springs. Good coffee drinks, and the location in uptown has a lovely outdoor yard/patio that is worth a visit in itself. Go to the North Palm canyon location and get there earlyish to score an outdoor seat in the beautiful courtyard in the back. Excellent people watching and you are almost guaranteed to overhear a ridiculous conversation :-) ”
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Grocery Store
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“Fresh produce and has everything you need to cook up a feast for your family and friends.”
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Bar
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“Great outdoor spot for nighttime dining. Lovely al fresco ambience and a nice selection of wine and drinks to go along. ”
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