About Megan S
Since Oct 2014
Canyons, Deserts, Parks, Hiking Trails
Deserts, Nature & Wildlife Areas
Flea & Street Markets, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Gay Clubs & Bars
An early morning hike is an ideal way to kick off your day in Palm Springs (and get in a hike before the heat really kicks in). Situated on Agua Caliente tribal land, Indian Canyons contain a series of stunning canyons, and North America's largest natural palm oasis. There are a variety of trails, including a novice one-mile trek that will take you past majestic California Fan Palms, fascinating rock formations, and serene streams.
After you've worked up an appetite on your hike, sink into a much-deserved burger at Woody's, a casual classic where you can swivel on a bar stool watching the grill man prepare your meal.
When it comes to a visit to Palm Springs, the Aerial Tramway is almost a requirement. The world's largest rotating tramway promises incredible views, ascending 8,516 feet from the desert floor to the alpine forest, offering unbeatable panoramas at every turn. Equally fascinating is the dramatic atmospheric shift. You'll go from the heat of the desert to the cool of the mountain, which is often blanketed with snow.
For good reason, artists have long been drawn to the Coachella Valley, infusing the area with a wealth of incredible works. At the heart of the desert art community is the Palm Springs Art Museum, which features an impressive collection of Modern and Contemporary painting and sculpture, including some fabulous temporary exhibits.
Palm Springs is famous for its dates (the fruit!), and Shields Date Garden has some of the best in town. After strolling through the beautiful gardens, head into the shop to pick up all manner of date treats for the folks back home.
At the family-run Moorten Botanical Garden, you can see a wide variety of cacti and succulents, all arranged beautifully.
While many of the desert trails around Palm Springs can be described as oases, Coachella Valley Preserve is more of a mirage. The beautiful water and surrounding plants are stunning, showing an entirely different side of Palm Springs.
Another way to get outdoors without all the hiking, the Windmill Farm makes for a fun and educational outing. Here, you can check out the windmills for which Palm Springs is famous, and learn more about the wind power harvesting.
If you're in Palm Springs on a Thursday evening, VillageFest is the place to be. For more than 20 years, this street fair has turned downtown Palm Springs into a lively fiesta of entertainment and stalls selling food, drinks, crafts, and more. This is a great way to dip into the local art and food scene!
Whether you want to catch the cabaret or are just looking to dance the night away, Toucans Tiki Lounge is sure to make for a memorable time. This high-energy gay nightclub features themed dance parties (think 'Jungle Boogie' or 'Latin Night Monday') every night of the week.