Top 30 Things to do in Palm Springs, California

A dry heat, bounty of palm trees, and kitschy art scene might describe a lot of cities. But only one place can also boast being the favorite vacation spot of Hollywood elite and the permanent home of the likes of Frank Sinatra: Palm Springs. If you want to live like Ol’ Blue Eyes for a short while, make your way to the California city and stay in one of its fine resorts. From getting a mud mask treatment to enjoying elaborate drag runway shows, things to do in Palm Springs certainly span the gamut of interests.

Aerial Tramway Ride & Mt. San Jacinto State Park
Ride up and over Mt. San Jacinto State Park in the world's largest rotating tramcars, and take in the spectacular 360-degree views. Starting from the valley floor, the tram, 2. 5-mile (4-km) route ascends 5,873 feet (1,790 m) up into... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$25
per adult

Beginner Rock Climbing at Stoney Point Park
Get your start in the thrilling outdoor adventure of rock climbing with an introductory class led by an expert climber in Stoney Point Park. Learn about fundamental knots, how to belay and rappel, and put your newly acquired technique to... Read More

Categories: Adventures

4 hours

Free cancellation

$179
per adult

Beginner Rock Climbing in Joshua Tree
Head to Joshua Tree National Park where you are surrounded by desert landscapes and the iconic trees. Here, you can spend an exciting morning rock climbing. This introductory class led by a professional climber is ideal for beginners to the... Read More

Categories: Adventures

5 hours

Free cancellation

$179
per adult

Celebrity Homes Small-Group Tour
Go for a ride through the glamorous desert city of Palm Springs and learn intriguing stories about the legendary stars who live here. Discover grand estates lining the boulevards and hear juicy gossip about what has gone on behind the... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours

Free cancellation

$94
per adult

Desert Canyons & Red Rocks SUV Tour by Big Wheel Tours
Hop into a spacious SUV for a 4x4 journey through the rugged terrain just east of sun-soaked Palm Springs. Explore dramatic canyons where WWII soldiers trained, snap photos of the colorful striations in rock formations, and keep your eyes peeled... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

5 hours

Free cancellation

$169
per adult

Earthquake Canyon Bicycle Tour
Find the ultimate geological adventure in the rugged desert areas around Palm Springs. Take to your bike and conquer the trail that descends through the heart of the San Andreas Fault zone all the way to the lush wine country... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$105
per adult

Full-Day Outdoor Rock Climbing in Joshua Tree
Get the most out of your outdoor rock-climbing experience with an exhilarating all-day excursion in Joshua Tree National Park. With a plethora of route options, there's something for all skill levels as you climb up the granite formations in a... Read More

Categories: Adventures

7 hours

Free cancellation

$299
per adult

Half-Day Basic Self-Rescue Class in Joshua Tree National Park
Don't miss your perfect chance to learn assisted-rescue skills that no climber should be without. This half-day class gives you the skills you need to perform basic self-rescue for you and your partner, and get yourself or others out of... Read More

Categories: Adventures

4 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$179
per adult

Half-Day Rock Climbing in Joshua Tree
Challenge yourself mentally and physically with a thrilling outdoor rock climbing adventure in Joshua Tree National Park. Hike through the desert landscape full of the namesake tree and spend half a day putting your beginner or advanced skills to the... Read More

Categories: Adventures

4 hours

Free cancellation

$169
per adult

Half-Day Rock-Climbing Anchors Class in Joshua Tree National Park
Enjoy some time away from the hustle and bustle of the city and try out your rock-climbing skills with a half-day of lessons in Joshua Tree National Park. With hands-on training and a friendly, professional guide, this class is great... Read More

Categories: Adventures

4 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$179
per adult

Half-Day Sport Lead Climbing in Joshua Tree National Park
The huge granite rocks of Joshua Tree National Park are waiting for you on this spectacular sport-climbing workshop. Join a friendly and professional guide for a lesson that teaches you the essentials of lead climbing in the remarkable desert setting.... Read More

Categories: Adventures

4 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$189
per adult

Half-Day Trad Climbing Class in Joshua Tree National Park
Learn a true traditionalist's rock-climbing skills with a half-day lesson away from the bustle of the city in Joshua Tree National Park. With a professional guide to show you the ropes, this experience gives you the skills you need to... Read More

Categories: Adventures

4 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$189
per adult

Joshua Tree Adventure
Explore the San Andreas Fault and the world's 3rd-largest oasis on a back-road adventure into Joshua Tree National Park. View the unique vegetation and animals in the area where the Sonoran and Mojave deserts meet on this morning adventure. Read More

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4 hours

Free cancellation

$169
per adult

Joshua Tree National Park Jeep Tour
Explore the unique ecology, geology, and geography of Joshua Tree National Park in style with a ride in a luxury jeep. See the majestic rock formations, native wildlife, and stunning scenery of back-country California on this thrilling sightseeing tour. Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

5 hours

Free cancellation

$159
per adult

Joshua Tree National Park Van Tour
Stroll past intriguing rock formations and boulder-strewn valleys, get up-close looks at the habitats of fascinating animals, and hear how this spectacular park is about more than just a tree. Spend a day uncovering the ecology and history of Joshua... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

5 hours

Free cancellation

$119
per adult

Painted Fault Canyon Jeep Tour
Get ready for an exhilarating jeep tour that takes you through the deserts and diverse landscapes around Palm Springs. Admire spectacular views as you drive along the colorful San Andreas Fault, where you can find fascinating geology as well as... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

5 hours

Free cancellation

$159
per adult

Palm Springs Day Trip with Outlet Shopping
From soaring peaks to bustling shops, explore the best of Palm Springs and spend the afternoon browsing the incredible deals at Desert Hills Premium Outlets on this fun-filled excursion. Along the way, make a stop at an intriguing zoo and... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

12 hours

Free cancellation

$152
per adult

Premium Outlet Shopping Package
Desert Hills Premium Outlets is one of the premier places to shop in Palm Springs for designer and luxury merchandise. You're sure to find the perfect item whether you're shopping for yourself or picking up a souvenir for someone back... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

1 day

Free cancellation

$40
per adult

Private Canyon & Desert Terrain Mountain Biking Tour by Big Wheel Tours
Listen to echoes as you roll into rocky canyons, cruise over scrubby expanses of rugged desert terrain, and climb up gentle slopes to get stunning views of distant mountains. Grab the handlebars of a sturdy mountain bike and explore the... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

6 hours

Free cancellation

$185
per adult

Private City Highlights Excursion
Uncover the the sunny streets and rugged landscapes in and around Palm Springs. Learn all the city's unlikely founding, it's affluence-attracting culture, and dramatic geology, all from the comfort of an all-terrain and air-conditioned Hummer. Read More

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Restaurants & Nightlife, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$189
per adult

Private Salton Sea & San Andreas Fault Tour
Experience an adrenaline rush as you ride a Hummer through California's rugged landscapes. Along the way, check out the barren Salton Sea, the scattered ruins of Bombay Beach, and the famed San Andreas Fault before finishing your experience with a... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$249
per adult

Private Temecula Valley Winetasting Tour by Adventure Hummer Tours
On this private full-day excursion, visit the Temecula Valley, one of America's most popular and successful wine regions. Travel through rolling hillsides in a spacious Hummer, visit renowned wineries, enjoy lunch in a picture-perfect setting, and get a chance to... Read More

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Restaurants & Nightlife, Tours & Sightseeing

7 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$798
per adult

San Andreas Fault Hummer Adventure
Embark on an adventure with a knowledgeable geology guide and explore the mystical canyons of the San Andreas Fault at sunset. Venture farther than other tours in a military Hummer and enjoy the view as you watch the rocks turn... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

$149
per adult

San Andreas Fault Small-Group Off-Road Tour
Extraordinary scenery abounds as your bright red Jeep winds its way through the multi-colored labyrinth of geological cuts and canyons of the San Andreas Fault. Listen to your naturalist guide entertain you with stories about the plants, animals, geology, and... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$122
per adult

Shop & Play at Cabazon Outlets
Just 20 minutes west of Palm Springs, the Outlet Shops of Cabazon Outlets is a unique deert landscape shopping center featuring great deals on big brands like Puma, Reebok, Columbia, and Rip Curl. Shop 'til you drop with special discounts... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

1 day

Free cancellation

$20
per adult

Small-Group Indian Canyons Half-Day Jeep Tour
Ride out for a visit to the ancestral home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and the spectacular canyons around Palm Springs. See stunning rock formations, the contrasting greens of magnificent fan palms, and more than 150 species... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

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$125

$113
per adult

Small-Group San Andreas Fault Sunset & Stargazing Tour
Witness the transition from day to night on this exciting 4-wheel-drive adventure that adds stargazing to the popular San Andreas Fault Jeep tour. Travel to a private 800-acre (324-ha) preserve on the San Andreas Fault and learn about the desert’s... Read More

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3 hours

Free cancellation

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$150

$135
per adult

Small-Group Tour of Joshua Tree National Park
One of America's newest national parks is waiting for you on this fascinating journey through 2 different ecosystems in the deserts of the Southwest. With an expert guide to show you around, you get an in-depth look at the diverse... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

6 hours

Free cancellation

$200
per adult

Wet 'n' Wild Palm Springs Water Park
Don your favorite swim suit and get ready to dive in headfirst into Wet 'n' Wild Palm Springs, right in the heart of the California desert. Beat the heat and feel the spray of cool water as you blast down... Read More

Categories: Amusement Parks, Attractions, Day Cruises & Water Activities

9 hours

Free cancellation

$30
per adult

Wildlands Preserve Nature Tour
Embark on on exciting excursion past oasis-dotted deserts, rugged mountainsides, and expansive swaths of sand as you uncover the dynamic nature preserves around Palm Springs. With an experienced local to guide you, step out onto the trails that weave through... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$119
per adult

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