Outdoorsy things to do in the beautiful Palm Springs weather
Spring is the perfect time to visit Palm Springs; the heat of the summer is still a ways off, but the cooler temperatures of the winter are starting to wane. Take advantage of all the outdoor beauty and see some of these great sights.
Visit the gardens - Moorten Botanical Gardens
This historic landmark has been around since 1938, and has been a favorite of everyone who visits it. The garden is named after the Moorten family — all desert plant specialists — who one day decided to convert their property into a living plant museum. There are thousands plants here plus a “Cactarium,” which is loaded with cacti and succulents.
Take a walking Tour
We covered some of the great walking tours available in Palm Springs in our recent ‘Great Tours’ series, but spring is a particularly enjoyable time to get outside and enjoy the weather on foot while learning something.
Whether you’re interested in learning about modernism, Palm Springs’ history, desert flora, or all about great food, a walking tour is a wonderful way to experience the best desert life has to offer while getting you up and moving too. Click the links to read more about the different walking tours that are available in Palm Springs.
See the view from the Tram
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is possibly the city’s best known attraction. You’ll ascend two and a half miles to the peak of Mt. San Jacinto in the world’s largest rotating tram car. Wander along the top of the world and take in the views, or bring your gear and commit to a hike along one of the wilderness trails at the top. If you’re looking to relax instead, sit outside and sip a cool drink or treat yourself to lunch or dinner in Peaks Restaurant, The Lookout Lounge, or the Pines Café.
Walk the desert in Indian Canyons
Indian Canyons lies at the south end of Palm Springs on native land owned and managed by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. For a nominal admission fee, you’ll have access to numerous hiking trails which include river access and even waterfalls if the time of year is right. Lush palm groves provide shady spots to rest or picnic. You’ll also find unique and stunning desert photo ops if you’re looking to flex your photography muscles.
A small trading post can be found by following the road marked for “Palm Canyon” from the toll booth to a large parking area.
Visit one of the great regional attractions
Thousand Palms Oasis
There are so many other beautiful sights to see in the Coachella Valley. Thousand Palms Oasis at the Coachella Valley Preserve is a gorgeous stop where you can seek shade in the lush green oasis of palm trees ringing a natural spring. You can also take any one of several trails that lead out from the oasis and enjoy a desert hike.
Formerly the Annenberg family home and compound, this historic complex known as Sunnylands is a massive estate on acres of beautiful lush land. Former ambassadors, the Annenbergs entertained presidents, royalty, celebrities, and international leaders here. The Annenberg family trust now runs meetings, retreats and conferences devoted to international understanding. Book early for a small group tour of the unbelievable modernist home, and a driving tour of the gardens and grounds (which includes a private golf course).
The Living Desert
If learning about desert flora and fauna is more your speed, head to Palm Desert where you’ll find the zoo-like Living Desert. See the gorgeous gardens laid out across easy to walk pathways, stop in at the Wildlife Hospital and check out any animals undergoing checkups or treatment, or just marvel at the vast variety of animals and plants in the facility’s care.
Of course a stroll down Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs is also a nice way to get to know the city. Explore hundreds of shops and services, then take a break in one of the popular restaurants or eateries along the way. Enjoy the perfect weather while it lasts by getting outside and taking in some of the amazing sights Palm Springs has to offer.