Palm Springs has long been a vacation destination for coastal California natives looking to escape the big cities by the sea like Los Angeles and San Diego. Some combination of the modernizing Agua Caliente Cahuilla Indians and the first Hollywood pioneers like Sonny Bono are responsible for the development of the Coachella Valley over the years, which has become, while still quaint, a booming metropolitan area.
The varied tourist attractions in Palm Springs are born of a charming country feel that has not been lost with the area’s growing popularity, making it an exceptional site for your next getaway. Whether you’re looking to explore the unique desert landscape, or relax poolside for a few days, you’ll find something to pique your interest among the tourist attractions in Palm Springs.
Tourist Attractions in Palm Springs
- Joshua Tree National Park
This desertous national park covers nearly 800,000 acres of land where the Mojave and Colorado Deserts meet in a wondrous display of diversity among flora and fauna – something the park is particularly known for. Named for the famed Joshua Tree, which covers a majority of the western side of the park, and was named by early Mormon settlers who thought its limbs resembled the outstretched arms of Joshua leading them to the promised land. Rugged mountains with twisting rocks are scattered throughout the park where rainfall is sparse, necessitating very complex biodynamic systems which help keep all species flourishing in a dry place. Once home to Pinto Indians and later grazing cattlemen, Joshua Tree National Park’s beauty is now preserved to be enjoyed by nature lovers.
- Palm Springs Modernism Week
The 2016 Palm Springs Modernism Week is sure to be one of the most unique tourist attractions in Palm Springs, and anywhere for that matter. Scheduled to take place February 11th through the 21st, this weeklong event celebrates something that sets Palm Spring apart both nationally and internationally – its stunning preservation of modern architecture and design. If this era and everything about it is something that interests you, consider joining us in Palm Springs for a week of midcentury fun!
- Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
The sheer cliffs of Chico Canyon give Palm Springs its beautiful landscape, as well its many opportunities for real outdoor adventure. One way to reach the over 2,600 feet in elevation of these mountains is via the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway that will take you up to a viewing deck from which you can overlook the entire valley below.
- San Gorgonio Wind Park
The San Gorgonio Wind Park in Palm Springs is home to 2,700 wind turbines that were built in the 1980s, making it the oldest wind farm in the United States. Touring this desert attraction is the best way to learn about how these turbines, some of them standing nearly 300 feet high, convert wind into energy.
If you have yet to come explore the Coachella Valley, be sure to check out at least one of these amazing tourist attractions in Palm Springs that capture its unique sense of place. For more ideas of things to do while here, download this free vacation guide!