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This landmark botanical garden has been delighting Palm Springs visitors for more than 60 years, and is sometimes used in films. Proudly proclaiming itself the “World's First Cactarium,” the garden includes 3000 fine examples of desert cacti and other desert plants in a quirky Wild West setting. Turtledoves, hummingbirds, lizards and other small wild creatures also make impromptu appearances among the rocks and plants. Many unusual botanical specimens are for sale, along with other souvenirs.
Palm Canyon Drive is the main street of Palm Springs and the pulse of this desert resort city. It has everything a tourist needs - shops, attractions, galleries, restaurants and more. Dotted by tall palm trees throughout with the San Jacinto Mountain as a backdrop, it is where most of the action lies. Shop at unique stores and the farmer's market to take away something as a gift or souvenir. Check out the Villagefest held every Thursday. Some of the interesting places to visit are the Palm Canyon Theatre, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs Visitors Center, Desert Art Center, Annenberg Theater, The McCallum Adobe and Palm Springs Walk of Stars.
If you're into hiking and trailing, then don't miss out on Tahquitz Canyon. Embark on an adventure into this 2-mile loop trail which leads to the 60 foot Tahquitz waterfall. The path here is rocky, steep and has many rock steps to climb, so be sure to leave that fancy footwear behind and get proper hiking gear. You can either go by yourself or opt for a ranger directed guided trail, which can be up to 2.5 hours. The elevation here is up to 350 feet, so expect beautiful scenic views.
The McCallum name is well known in the Coachella Valley, especially for its association with the renowned McCallum Theatre. The family history began in this small adobe home, built from the clay-rich soil of the Palm Springs area. The adobe now contains the Palm Springs Historical Society artifacts, and also displays some objects owned and used by Pearl McCallum McManus. Admission: USD2 per person, children under 12 free; includes a visit to adjacent Miss Cornelia White's House, built out of railroad ties.
Palm Springs Walking Tours allows visitors to explore the hidden history of the area through a curated walking tour that showcases the highlights of local architecture and historical landmarks. Patti Hanley, the operator of Palm Springs Walking Tours, combines her professional research experience with a detailed knowledge of the area to fully illuminate the complex history of Palm Springs development from boom town to busted to back on top. Tours run Wednesday to Saturday from October through May and feature the Architecture of Palm Springs, Palm Springs History, and the Ghosts and Legends tours.
This state-of-the-art convention center is adjacent to the Wyndham Palm Springs Hotel and offers 105,000 square feet of exhibition and event space. Facilities include the Springs Theater, suitable for dramatic presentations, and the Oasis Exhibit Hall, a popular spot for trade shows. There is also the West Lawn outdoor function area, and additional facilities are available separately at the hotel. Complete audio-visual support services are available and the staff will assist with event planning.
As palm trees sway above the sidewalks and hundreds of lights start glowing at night, it is easy to get lost in the dreamy atmosphere of Downtown Palm Springs. Visitors can try their luck at the tables then soak in mineral water baths at the Spa Resort Casino or get the full spa treatment at one of the many hotels on Palm Canyon Drive. Additionally, the street has many restaurants, from sushi and seafood to tex-mex and regional, there is one for every budget and palate.
Hollywood had it first, but Palm Springs happily pays homage to the original Walk of Stars. Of course, Palm Springs does put its own spin on things. In addition to actors, actresses, directors and other film-related personalities, the city has immortalized a few Palm Springs pioneers, frontier doctors and other inhabitants from the early days. The big, Hollywood-style brass and mosaic stars run for blocks along both sides of Palm Canyon Drive. Local legends are interspersed alongside major ones like Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope.