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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.

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.

Nestled in the sprawling San Jacinto State Park, the imposing San Jacinto peak towers over the fascinating landscape of Palm Springs Desert. Touted to be one of the most prominent peaks of the country, the mountain is marvelously mottled with craggy corrugations and sweeping escarpments. The mountain is traversed by an an array of crisscrossing trails and trams, its spectacular summit affording astounding views of the charming desert terrain beneath. A wonderland for the intrepid hiker, this imposing peak is a breathtaking, snow-glazed canopy come winter. Its pinnacle dotted with outhouses, the mountain is draped in indigenous Californian oak and pine, only further accentuated by a startlingly beautiful gradation of its neighboring environs.

A popular tourist attraction in Palm Springs, Palm Canyon is one of the largest gorges in the state of California spanning 15 miles (24 kilometers) and is home to a wide selection of flora and fauna. The canyon which was once inhabited by the Cahuilla tribe is now frequented by tourists, nature lovers, and families from all over the country who come here to experience the beauty of nature without any interruptions. Those who love the idea of adventure, shall be glad to know that there are trails and footpaths marked along these scenic canyons, making the entire stretch of land a popular hiking destination.

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