TOP 10 Picks of Rancho Mirage
1. Visit Sunnylands and tour the mid-century modern home of the Annenberg’s.
Visits to the Historic Estate are by guided tour only. The Historic House Tour is the only tour that takes people into the historic house. The Bird Tour takes visitors through the estate grounds with a local birder. The Open-Air Experience takes visitors through the estate’s grounds.
2. Explore Joshua Tree National Park.
A vast protected area in southern California, the Joshua Tree National Park is characterized by rugged rock formations and stark desert landscapes. Named for the region’s twisted, bristled Joshua trees, the park straddles the cactus-dotted Colorado Desert and the Mojave Desert, which is higher and cooler. Keys View looks out over the Coachella Valley. Hiking trails weave through the boulders of Hidden Valley.
3. Shop the Uptown Design District, the North end of Downtown Palm Springs.
Offering a vast collection of mid-century modern retailers, fashion boutiques, consignment dealers, art galleries and antiques shops. Stroll through a dozen artist-owned galleries and working studios the first Wednesday of each month at the Backstreet Art District.
4. Take a guided Architecture
Tour of the Palm Springs Area. If you are on a budget then download the app and do the self-guided tour.
Palm Springs is an extremely beautiful city, hosting the numerous examples of stylish modern-style buildings. Most of them were built between 1940 and 1960. It’s an architecture lover’s dream. There are many beautiful and important homes that are amazing structurally, plus there’s plenty of houses owned by Hollywood celebrities scattered throughout the city too.
5. Shop during the day on El Paseo and dine in the evening. The “Rodeo Drive” of the desert is filled with plenty of great shops and restaurants.
Located in Palm Desert, the world famous El Paseo Shopping District features over 300 world-class shops, clothing boutiques, art galleries, jewelers, restaurants and much more... all lined along a beautifully maintained picture-postcard floral and statue-filled mile! Known as the Rodeo Drive of the Desert, El Paseo boasts a wide spectrum of stores from Sak’s 5th Avenue to individually owned boutiques and restaurants.
6. Take a jeep or bike tour and experience this desert oasis.
Off road or round and about town, there are countless places to see from the comfort of an open air jeep or if feeling a bit more energetic why not see the sights by bike.
7. enjoy a SPA day
Relax and unwind in our Spa which offers a range of treatments using indigenous ingredients, or soak up the desert atmosphere on one of our 16 treatment room terraces.
8. Walk across the San Andreas Fault Line and hike the trails in the Coachella Valley Preserve, a hidden oasis.
Built around the Thousand Palms Oasis, this preserve features 880 acres of hiking and natural desert areas. The oasis exists in part on the San Andreas Fault, with palm tree forests, manicured walking paths through the desert and a visitor’s center.
9. Take the gondola to Mt. San Jacinto and enjoy the view of the desert floor at an altitude of 8500 feet and explore some of the 54 miles of hiking trails.
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Hike to Mt San Jacinto is a great way to bag Southern California’s second highest peak without a huge effort. It’s still a tough 11 mile hike, but there is nothing like climbing to Mt San Jacinto from Palm Springs to check out the spectacular views.
10. Take a walking tour in Downtown Palm Spring offered by the historical society and learn about the growth and development of this beautiful area which includes some interesting “Hollywood history.”
The Palm Springs Historical Society offers historical walking tours focusing on Palm Springs’ historic neighborhoods, distinguished by a combination of the celebrities and local pioneers who called them home and the architects and builders who shaped their development.