I was speaking to my friends in the US this weekend and they were insisting that I return back to the US for a trip next year. They recently shifted to California from Florida. He was saying that we will go around California next time you are here and we can visit all the places in California you missed last time around. That got me thinking about where would I love to go if I do manage to go there next year. As I went on a research mode, I came upon an interesting place, Palm Springs in California. In this post, I list down some of the things I want to do in Palm, Springs, California.
Table Of Contents
- 1 Where is Palm Springs, California?
- 2 Things I Want To Do in Palm Springs, California
- 3 Best Time To Visit Palm Springs
- 4 Vegetarian Food in Palm Springs
- 5 Afterword
Since Palm Springs is a popular desert resort city, it is not very difficult to find accommodation. Mostly I just want to lay by the side of a pool sipping cocktails in one of the villas in palm springs. But in addition to that, these are some of the things I want to do in Palm Springs, California.
Where is Palm Springs, California?
But before that, let us first find out where Palm Springs is and why is it so popular. Palm Springs is located in California and is well placed between San Diego and Los Angeles. One of the major attractions of the place is that they have over 300 days of sunshine every year. So people looking for winter getaways in California are naturally drawn to the area for its unique climatic conditions and distinctive environment. It was developed into a resort city in the early 1900s for health tourists who were looking for dry heat.
Things I Want To Do in Palm Springs, California
Exploring the Coachella Valley Preserve
Coachella Valley Preserve is home to the Thousand palms oasis and is located only 15 miles from Palm Springs city. It is also home to the Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard and you can find them only in this part of the world. There are multiple hiking trails around the reserve. The trails range from easy to difficult ones and it is important that you check in to the visitor center before embarking on any of the hikes. Some of the popular hiking trails are the McCullum, Hidden Palms, Moon Country etc. I am definitely going with the easy hike but even that one is a 4-5 mile hike.
The hiking trails offer a glimpse into the unique wildlife around the area. The desert wetlands are also known to blossom with wildflowers at certain times during the year. Just imagine that sight among the lush palm groves. There are no admission charges but a small donation is expected at the visitor center.
Joshua Tree National Park
Another hiking destination popular with travelers and is known because of the Joshua Trees found here. It offers spectacular views over the Coachella Valley. But one of the main attractions I am keen on seeing here is the Cholla Cactus garden which is home to many Cholla Cacti. The Hidden Valley picnic table is also very popular. There are also many free-standing boulders which are easy hiking trails. It is approximately 40 miles from Palm Springs. They do charge an admission fee of approximately 25$ for a 7-day consecutive period if you are taking your own vehicle.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
One of the things we missed doing in Scotland was the cable car ride up the Ben Nevis mountain range. It was too windy and hence could not be done while we were there. That is why the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway appeals to me so much. San Jacinto mountains act as a barrier for Palm Springs from the chilly winters. But the view from the top of the mountain is equally incredible.
All you have to do is take a tram to the summit of the San Jacinto Mountains. It is the largest rotating tramway in the world and the ride takes approximately 10 minutes to climb to more than 8000 feet. There are multiple observation decks and restaurants at the top of the summit. You also have an option to snowshoe, hike or do cross-country skiing once you are at the top of the mountain. This place is a must do on your tour of Palm Springs.
Since the ticket lines are usually long, it is recommended that you buy tickets in advance. They cost approximately 25$ for adults.
Go Exploring the Indian Canyons
There are many Indian canyons around the area including Palm Canyon, Murray Canyon and Andreas Canyon. There are many hiking trails around here too. But guess I would be bored of so much hiking and would love to go horseback riding here. Also, you have an option to buy Native American pottery work while you are here. Guided hikes are available here as well.
There are many Golf resorts around the area and I would love to visit one of them to try my hand at them.
Palm Springs Art Museum
As an art aficionado, I would definitely love to spend some hours when I am in Palm Springs. The museum also offers free entry every Thursday between Memorial Day and Labour Day.
Best Time To Visit Palm Springs
The best time to visit Palm Springs is during late winter between the months of January and April. Fall months between October and December are also a good time to visit. But the summer months between May and September are best to be avoided since the heat is too intense during this season.
Vegetarian Food in Palm Springs
There are plenty of vegetarian food options in Palm Springs and I cannot wait to try them out when I visit Palm Springs.
Hopefully, I get to visit the US again sometime next year. If I do, then Palm Springs is definitely on my wish list.