Discover the Beauty of the California Desert

Palm Springs and the surrounding desert are a haven for relaxation and special events. This area hosts a number of conferences, conventions, and other activities throughout the year and is a great place to enjoy a taste of the California lifestyle with an upscale twist.

Several festivals and music events are held around the scenic mountains in Palm Springs and the Yucca Valley so you can spend a few days celebrating and head off on a nature tour of the region.

Palm Springs and the desert region celebrate the Palm Desert Independence Day in style and events including the Lemon Lily Festival and Jazz in the Pines. Nature and outdoor enthusiasts can head to Joshua Tree National Park for a day of hiking, trail excursions, and other park activities throughout the year.

The grounds encompass more than 550,000 acres of land and the site has become a landmark site in the Inland Empire.

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Enjoy a wealth of attractions in and around the Sonoran Desert to make the most of your visit. Spend the day at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens to see native species, explore the Palm Springs Art Museum to learn about local culture, and ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway for a scenic view of the mountains and other natural attractions.

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Museums and Science Centers

The Sonoran Desert and surrounding area are home to a handful of museums and sites where you can learn about science and nature. Take a tour of the Palm Springs Art Museum to discover regional art and performing arts. Experience the desert ecosystem firsthand at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. The Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium is brimming with plants and cacti.

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National Parks and Forests

Discover the natural beauty and sites around Palm Springs with a tour of the Indian Canyons or hop aboard the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to see the desert from a fresh perspective. Spend the day at the Coachella Valley Preserve or head to Mouth San Jacinto Park for a day of hiking and trail explorations.

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Enjoy an evening of racing at some of the best raceways and race tracks around Palm Springs and the desert. The Palm Desert Raceway is a popular venue for local and regional racing enthusiasts. Head to the Chuckwalla Valley Raceway for automobile and motorcycle courses. You’ll also find some BMX tracks and dirt bike racing destinations in this region.

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