Palm Springs became a resort city in the early 1900s, attracting Hollywood elites and snowbirds alike over the decades. But you don't need to be escaping northern cold or the paparazzi to appreciate all this unique city has to offer. Palm Springs is home to a thriving arts scene, amazing architecture, and annual festivals celebrating everything from live theater to Native films and culture.
Its temperate weather means that Palm Springs enjoys a collection of outdoor public art installations. You can also visit art galleries and studios throughout the city to get a bead on local artists and craftspeople. While you're walking the city, you can visit the Palm Springs Walk of Stars and the Forever Marilyn sculpture to appreciate the city's ties to movie magic.
If you're craving a little time with nature, detour to nearby Joshua Tree National Park. Named for the unique trees that populate it, this reserve is a must-see for anyone with a National Park bucket list. Other nearby parks like the ones in the San Jacinto Mountains offer hiking and even aerial tramways, so you can fully enjoy the incredible views.
Visit the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum to learn more about the Cahuilla people of the Coachella Valley. You can explore exhibits about both the history and modern day arts and culture of this group of Native American tribes. The museum also hosts events on- and off-site, so depending on the timing of your visit you might well be able to catch performances or demonstrations.
From museums and historical sites to restaurants and performance venues, you're sure to find activities to suit any interest and make your trip to Palm Springs memorable.