Backstreet Art District is a collection of art galleries in Palm Springs specializing in modern contemporary art. This is one of the city's major artistic and cultural hubs which offers an extensive collection of paintings, sculptures, single print designs, handcrafted ceramicware, photographs and fashion accessories made by upcoming and established artists from all over the country and overseas. Their collection is a constantly rotating one, keeping visitors updated with the latest and trending pieces of art from around the world.
Spread alongside the zigzagging South Palm Canyon Drive, the Indian Canyons have been the ancestral homes of the Cahuilla Indians' Agua Caliente Band for nearly a millennium. Revered by local Native Americans, these beautiful canyons are treasured by scientists and paleontologists for its vivid rock artwork and petroglyphs that offer insight into tribal life. A much-needed getaway from the sometimes glitzy atmosphere of Palm Springs, the sparkling streams, and the untamed arid wilderness allows its visitors to be one with nature. A phenomenon named the 'Witch of Tahquitz Canyon' can be occasionally spotted here, which is essentially an eerie shadow cast on the slopes of the canyon.
Situated at the foot of scenic Mt. San Jacinto, this art museum in downtown Palm Springs offers lovers of art a treat. It's not just paintings that you get admire here, as the museum also has extensive performing arts programs. Expand your knowledge about natural science or just take in the beauty of your surroundings. The various exhibitions held here shouldn't be missed.
A popular spot with locals, celebrities and tourists alike, Purple Room is a must-visit during your time in Palm Springs especially if you are looking for a fun-filled night while feasting on hearty delicacies and drinks. Not only does the club host live jazz performances but dinner shows also take place here on the weekend. One can also go for a parody of the hit 1960s The Judy Garland Show, dubbed by the name of The Judy Show. Besides the entertaining performances that take place six nights a week, the Purple Room is also known for its great food that includes small plates, salads, mains and desserts. Tempura Fried Dates, Lime Tartlet and Pork Tenderloin are just some of the delicacies you can feast on while you are here. If you are in the mood for a memorable night, head to the Purple Room for a great time.
Deserts provide great conditions for preserving planes, and this huge collection of historic planes is a Palm Springs landmark. Enjoy getting an up-close view of aerial history in huge, air-conditioned hangars, and then watch a movie in the Buddy Rogers Theater. There is a gift shop filled with airplane-themed souvenirs. Special events include air shows largely featuring aircraft from the World War II era as well as children's activities and lectures that are often presented by the men and women who originally flew the planes.
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.
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.
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.
This small museum is dedicated to the preservation of the Agua Caliente band of the Cahuilla Indians, who initially discovered the Palm Springs area. Displays include basketry masterworks by past and present artisans, early photographs and a full-size re-creation of a traditional Cahuilla kish. The museum is also the official repatriation center for disturbed remains of Agua Caliente tribal people and receives relics recovered in the area. Admission is free.
Jim Ruddy has been collecting bits and pieces of American products, displays and advertising images for more than 35 years. Then, just to round out his collection, he bought a Midwest museum of mid-20th century retail items. The end result is this gem of a general store/museum, set up with the antique cabinets of an earlier time. On the shelves, many visitors see packages they knew well as young children and remember buying with their allowance pennies. Although nothing is for sale, it is still a really interesting and unique point-of-interest and don't forget to bring some change (in any amount) to enter the museum.