I highly encourage you to check out the Palm Springs Desert Museum. It is free the few hours before the Thursday night market and therefore offers a free cultural experience. For another week or so you can check out their exhibit on Killer Heels. It’s quite the spectacle!
I highly recommend a trip up the rotating aerial tramway. It takes you near the top of San Jacinto Peak and has amazing views of the Coachella Valley.
If you’re a hiker, it provides a whole new set of trails. I highly recommend you have a map and the ten essentials though as we got mildly lost trying to go on a small hike.
Tickets are about $25 round trip. Up at the top is a restaurant and small museum area.
Make sure to stop at the visitor center when you first turn in. It’s an old gas station with some cool architecture.
See below for some photos of the view from the top. The last photo is looking up at the peak. You can see Bob Hope’s space age style home on the hills in the foreground.
Every Thursday night, downtown Palm Springs transforms for VillageFest. Vendors for food, crafts, art, music, etc. set up camp on Palm Canyon Drive. Because the street closure is so massive, you can actually spend the whole night walking around browsing the goods from the various vendors.
It’s animal friends so feel free to bring your dog. Or be prepared to adopt one as the local humane society has their own booth.
Similar to Hollywood, Palm Springs, CA has its own Walk of Stars.
Palm Springs is a two-hour drive from Hollywood and was home to many glamorous movie stars. Studios wanted their stars within a two hour drive and Palm Springs provided the perfect retreat from the city. Full of relaxation, golf courses, palm trees, and a slower pace, movie stars (and many others) have enjoyed the relaxing enclave that is Palm Springs.
It’s now home to a fair number of snowbirds (retirees who seek warmth during the winter months), a thriving gay community, and of course year-long residents. It was quite noticeable that there are a number of retirees as there is no rush-hour.
The city plays homage to its Hollywood past with the Walk of Stars in the downtown corridor. Most streets are also named after movie stars.
Another reminder of Hollywood is the way Bob Hope’s house looms large with a vantage point on a hill looking over the city. It’s a space age style house that is on the market!