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Often, it's the people living in a city that make it buzz. In this part of Riverside County, you'll find 45,000 of them.
The state capital, Sacramento, lies 690 kilometres northwest of this destination, while Mountain Center is located 20 kilometres southwest.
Everyone in the family is sure to enjoy visits to Wet'n'Wild Palm Springs and the Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert. If you're hunting for a bit more adventure, the Riverside County Fairgrounds and Palm Desert Aquatic Center are some other options.
Are you kids curious about the world of wildlife? Take them on an excursion to the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, where youngsters can discover what an animal likes to eat, the types of sounds it makes and a whole lot more!
There's not much like a night out at a casino to jump start the festive spirit! Challenge the blackjack dealer and watch the high-stakes punters or simply walk around and soak up the sights at the Spotlight 29 Casino and the Augustine Casino. The Fantasy Springs Casino and the Agua Caliente Casino are also top options.
Learn a thing or two about the local flora while you vibe on the botanical displays at the Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium.
There's no need to wander deep into the forest to experience a bit of greenery. Panorama Park and Desert Highland Park are just two of the appealing recreational hubs you'll find amid this concrete jungle. Also consider spending a leisurely day wandering the grounds of Cancer Survivors Park and Rancho Las Flores Park.
Be sure to stop by Palm Springs Visitor Center and Palm Desert Visitor Center. Their dedicated team of local experts can offer you tips, advice and inspiration to enjoy the most out of your stay.
Slip on some comfy shoes and get set for an adventure. There are plenty of nature reserves in the surrounding area that are just waiting to be explored. The clean, crisp air and natural surroundings at San Jacinto Peak and Indian Canyon are as rejuvenating as it gets. Two further areas to have a look at are Lake Cahuilla Regional Park and Bear Creek Trail.
From its enlightening displays to its captivating exhibits, the Palm Springs Air Museum is a place full of remarkable surprises and things to discover.
Awaken the science nerd within with a trip to Date Gardens. When you're there, don't forget to enquire about any travelling exhibitions. Trust us, you won't want to miss a thing!
With so many excellent art collections to admire, you might need a helpful push in the right direction. We recommend picking up a strong coffee and spending some time at the Palm Springs Art Museum or the Adagio Galleries. You should also investigate what exhibitions are on at the Heusso Gallery and the Cabot's Pueblo Museum.
Explore Palm Springs' past and understand the present with a visit to the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum. The Ruddy's General Store Museum and the Coachella Valley History Museum are also dedicated to sharing the story of the region's rich heritage.
Make sure you've got Sunnylands Center and Gardens and McCallum Adobe on your itinerary if you're keen to discover some of the city's history. Desert Memorial Park is another intriguing option if you're hungry for more.
The majority of travellers put The Mountain Station around the top of their travel to-do list. You won't want to be the odd one out, so make sure you add it to yours too.
If you have a love for learning, why not stop at the Pomona College, one of the area's leading centres for higher learning? Don't forget to find out about guided tours before you go there.
Whatever you're hoping to buy, you're likely to find it at one of Palm Springs' various shopping centres. Galleria at Tyler and The Gardens on El Paseo should be some of your first stops. If you can make your way through all of that without burning too many holes through your pocket, carry on to Canyon Plaza Shopping Center and Westfield Palm Desert Shopping Center.
See some top-notch entertainment at the Plaza Theatre or the McCallum Theatre. For another fun night on the town, the Arthur Newman Theatre and the Annenberg Theatre are two more venues worth checking out.
When you're on the road, it's sometimes the lesser-known attractions that burn brightest in your memories once you're home. Some places which fit that bill in Palm Springs are the Palm Springs Convention Center and the Empire Polo Club. Two more worthwhile attractions are the Indian Wells Country Club and the Rancho Las Palmas Country Club.
With such an awesome range, you shouldn't have any issues snagging your Palm Springs hotel. At the mo, lastminute.com.au lists more than 95 places to hit the hay.
Thankfully, there's a room for you in Palm Springs. For a place that won't break the bank, book in at either the Vista Grande Resort - A Gay Men's Resort (574 S Warm Sands Dr) or the Best Western Inn at Palm Springs (1633 S Palm Canyon Dr). But that said — you are on holiday. If you'd rather live large while you're here, we certainly don't blame you! The experienced staff at the Le Parker Méridien Palm Springs and The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage are specialists in luxury and leisure.
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