From History Museums to Cable Cars, Palm Springs Offers Something for Everyone

Palm Springs was once an exclusive getaway spot for Hollywood celebrities. Marilyn Monroe was discovered poolside at a Palm Springs hotel, and members of the Rat Pack like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin were regularly spotted at their Palm Springs hideaways. With palm trees and sunshine as far as the eye can see, it’s no wonder celebrities have turned to the desert for decades when in need of a little rest and relaxation.

While Palm Springs is still a celebrity favorite, the city has transformed into an oasis with a little bit of something for everyone. Art aficionados enjoy the city’s art museums and galleries, while history buffs have ample opportunity to learn about the desert’s roots. There are plenty of hiking trails and outdoor adventures for visitors and locals to enjoy the natural beauty of the desert, too. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is a great way to enjoy the natural beauty of the San Jacinto Mountains with access to some of the best views of the Coachella Valley, and Knott’s Soak City is a local favorite for staying cool in the desert. If you’re looking for the best the desert has to offer, here are 10 Palm Springs attractions you won’t want to miss on your next desert getaway.



Discover the outdoors from the open bed of a red jeep on a Desert Adventures tour. The tour company specializes in eco tours of the Coachella Valley, including tours of Joshua Tree National Park, the Agua Caliente Indian Canyons, Mecca Hills and...  Read More



South Palm Canyon Drive transforms into an open-air market every Thursday evening during Village Fest, a weekly street fair in downtown Palm Springs. Vendors set up stalls selling everything from arts and crafts to local produce. If you get...  Read More



Who needs mass produced homes and traditional building materials? When homesteader Yerxa Cabot settled in Desert Hot Springs, he used natural materials and a little ingenuity to build a home so unique it remains a preserved museum to this day....  Read More



Whether you need a place to set your inner child loose or let your actual children play, the Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert has more than 50 hands-on activities to peak your curiosity and keep the entire family entertained for hours....  Read More



The Palm Springs Art Museum has seen many transformations since its inception in 1938. Originally focused on the desert environment and the native Cahuilla people, PSAM eventually grew to include a wildlife reserve and a botanical garden. In...  Read More

Knott's Soak City Water Park Palm Springs


With 360 days of sunshine in Palm Springs each year, it's no wonder locals and tourists alike have flocked to Knott's Soak City to beat the heat since 2001. This 16-acre water park is generally open from March through October and offers 20 water...  Read More



As the deadliest war in history, WWII forever changed the course of American and international history. Today, visitors can view the largest collection of flyable WWII planes in the world at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Whether or not you're...  Read More



Once a community center for the native Cahuilla people, the Agua Caliente Indian Canyons are a recreational oasis for hikers, horseback riders and nature lovers. Protected by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the area's hiking trails...  Read More



There's no better way to view the Coachella Valley than from above. Don't settle for the view from your airplane window, though. For the best views of the desert, take a cable car into the mountains at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. A 12.5...  Read More



Ever wonder what a roadrunner and coyote really look like? At The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, you can meet the real life inspiration for these desert-dwelling "Looney Tunes" characters. This Palm Desert zoo focuses on educating visitors about...  Read More


Meet Marissa Willman

Marissa Willman moved to the Coachella Valley in 2001 and loves discovering the best that the desert has to offer. As a Palm Springs local, Marissa enjoys sharing her knowledge of this desert...  More About Marissa