Top Things to do in Palm Springs

Palm Springs is fondly remembered as Hollywood’s playground and known for its many beautifully lush golf courses, but this desert oasis has many more fun, relaxing and intriguing things to do! Here are eight exciting activities to add to your Palm Springs vacation:

Spa Day

Palm Springs could easily be called a spa-lovers paradise. From pure natural hot springs to cool mineral pools and the many luxurious spas at local resorts, you won’t run out of options to find your perfect place to relax and rejuvenate.

Palm Springs Aerial Tram

Take the world’s largest rotating tram car 8,516 feet up the Chino Mountains to the pristine wilderness of St. Jacinto State Park. Revel in spectacular views and enjoy a bite to eat when you get to the top. Once you reach Mountain Station you can walk the observation decks, explore the natural history museum or hike part of the Pacific Crest Trail. The Palm Springs Aerial Tram is a must see!

Palm Canyon Drive

Located in the main downtown area of Palm Springs, this is where you’ll find many of the area’s top shops, restaurants and galleries. Like its name implies, it’s a scenic street to walk or drive down due to the palms that line the road giving you that old Hollywood feel that resonates within the city. After a day of shopping enjoy the variety of international cuisine along Palm Canyon drive.

Walk of Stars

Think Hollywood Boulevard mixed with desert oasis glamor for this stroll through memory lane and appreciation. Many of Hollywood stars lived, loved and played in Palm Springs since the 1920’s and they are immortalized on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. From Marilyn Monroe to Ronald Reagan, see who made a big impact on the community and made contributions in entertainment, literacy, humanitarianism, sports, military, or were civic leaders. It’s a fun walk through Palm Springs history.

Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway

Are you an Elvis fan? Then you’re definitely going to want to check out one of Palm Springs most photographed locations, the architectural beauty that is the honeymoon home of Elvis and Priscilla Presley! Dubbed “the house of tomorrow” when it was built by prolific Palm Springs developer Robert Alexander, this mid-century icon of modernism is like stepping back in time and gives a peak into the life of Elvis himself. You can drive by the estate located in the prominent area of Palm Springs where many of the rich and famous lived or schedule a tour to explore the home.

Palm Springs VillageFest

Held every Thursday night on Palm Canyon Drive in downtown Palm Springs, and also known as the Palm Springs Street Fair, enjoy over 180 vendors featuring arts, crafts, food and entertainment. Palm Canyon’s transformation into the festive affair is only made better by all the great shops and restaurants located along the street as well, resulting in one of Southern California’s most popular weekly events.

The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

An oasis of family fun! With 1,200 protected acres, discover hundreds of wild animal exhibits and enjoy live animal shows, children play areas, tranquil gardens, tram rides and more! The Living Desert is a remarkable zoo and botanical garden that will make your vacation in Palm Springs a trip to remember.


Palms springs might be known for old Hollywood glamour and golf courses, but it also has a fantastic collection of museums perfect for the whole family. Some museum highlights include the Palm Springs Art Museum, Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert, and the Palm Springs Air Museum, just to name a few!


Ready to vacation in the nation’s favorite desert oasis? Book your stay at Indian Palms Vacation Club or Vista Mirage Resort to be minutes away from old Hollywood glamour, delicious food, and so much more! Simply book online or call a Vacation Specialist at (877) 477-7368.

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