Agua Caliente Indian Canyons
Once the roaming ground of the native Cahuilla tribe, there is no better place than Indian Canyons to appreciate the spectacular natural beauty of the desert. Either hike freestyle or take a ranger tour to get up close to fantastic rock formations, natural palm oases, and fascinating local fauna and flora. Also spot relics from the Cahuilla people's ancient past.
Palm Springs is pure paradise for golf fans. Why else would Bing Crosby have lived here? Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort, just minutes from Downtown, has two championship courses, while at Indian CanyonsGolf Resort you can play surrounded by mountain scenery on three sides. Plus there are around 90 other local courses to choose from.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Take a trip 2600 metres up Mount Jacinto for spectacular views over the Coachella Valley. During the climb the tramway's cars rotate 360⁰ for the full panoramic experience, and once at the top there's an observation deck, two restaurants and hiking trails through beautiful San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness. Expect snow in winter.
The Living Desert
See the animals that inhabit deserts landscapes all over the world, from California's own road runners to African giraffes. You can either walk or take a tram tour through a number of distinct desert zones, learning all about the dizzying variety of plants, insects and wildlife along the way. There's 1,200 acres in all.
There's a good variety of night-life on holidays to Palm Springs. There's a clubbing scene for the energetic, lots of good hotel bars, karaoke if that's your bag, and restaurants serving everything from haute cuisine to steak and fries. Palm Canyon Drive has a lively scene at night and you shouldn't miss The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies variety show at the Plaza Theatre.