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San Jacinto Mountain (Palm Springs)
Ranked #1 of 251 attractions in California Desert
Category: Mountains
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Ranked #2 of 251 attractions in California Desert
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields; Concerts
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Ranked #3 of 251 attractions in California Desert
Category: Trams; Scenic Railroads

In March, there was still some snow at the top, even though Palm Springs was about 85 degrees.  In August when Palm Springs is over 100 degrees, the temperature will be 67- 70... more »

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Ranked #4 of 251 attractions in California Desert
Category: Performances; Theaters
Owner description: A state-of-the-art performing arts center that presents a stunning variety of entertainment and cultural experiences from... more » Owner description: A state-of-the-art performing arts center that presents a stunning variety of entertainment and cultural experiences from Broadway productions and opera to classical and rock music. « less
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Ranked #5 of 251 attractions in California Desert
Category: State Parks; Deserts; Scenic Drives
The largest state park in California is home to amazing flowers and plants which bloom in the early spring.
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Palm Springs Air Museum (Palm Springs)
Ranked #6 of 251 attractions in California Desert
Category: Specialty Museums; History Museums; Educational Sites

The Palm Springs Air Museum is the Home of One of the Nation's Largest Collection of World War II Flying Aircraft diplayed in Modern, Well Lighted, Air Conditioned and Clean... more »

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Joshua Tree National Park (Twentynine Palms)
Ranked #7 of 251 attractions in California Desert
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Sunnylands (Rancho Mirage)
Ranked #8 of 251 attractions in California Desert
Category: Historic Sites
Owner description: Sunnylands, a 200-acre midcentury modern estate, opened March 2012 for high-level retreats of leaders seeking solutions. Left... more » Owner description: Sunnylands, a 200-acre midcentury modern estate, opened March 2012 for high-level retreats of leaders seeking solutions. Left by Walter and Leonore Annenberg, the estate will continue to welcome U.S. Presidents, bipartisan political leaders, & others.The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to building international understanding, advancing world peace, improving the functioning of government and other purposes through high-level retreats for global leaders from a spectrum of fields.The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands welcomes national and international leaders for high-level retreats and meetings that address and seek solutions to serious issues facing the nation and world. Sunnylands, the former winter residence of Ambassadors Walter and Leonore Annenberg, is available also for limited public tours. The adjacent Sunnylands Center & Gardens features exhibitions, films, and educational programs; and visitors can enjoy a nine-acre art garden. The historic house and Sunnylands Center & Gardens opened March 1, 2012.Sunnylands Center & GardensHours: 9am - 4pm, Thursdays through Sundays7am - 2pm, Thursdays through Sundays in June & JulyClosed in AugustCafe open until one hour before closing. « less
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Alabama Hills (Lone Pine)
Ranked #9 of 251 attractions in California Desert
Category: Mountains
Located near Lone Pine, these hills form the gateway to Mount Whitney, and are a favorite location for movies and television.
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Indian Canyons (Palm Springs)
Ranked #10 of 251 attractions in California Desert
Category: Historic Sites; Ancient Ruins; Canyons
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Indian Wells Golf Club (Indian Wells)
Ranked #11 of 251 attractions in California Desert
Category: Golf Courses
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Palm Springs Art Museum (Palm Springs)
Ranked #12 of 251 attractions in California Desert
Category: Art Museums
Owner description: Located in downtown Palm Springs (with a branch location in Palm Desert, CA), the Palm Springs Art Museum offers compelling... more » Owner description: Located in downtown Palm Springs (with a branch location in Palm Desert, CA), the Palm Springs Art Museum offers compelling art exhibitions from national and international artists. The museum's extensive permanent collection includes significant works by modern and contemporary artists, western, contemporary and glass artists, and features several temporary exhibitions throughout the year. The museum is open free every Thursday night and the second Sunday of every month. It also offers a range of theatrical and musical performances in its Annenberg Theater. Throughout all these programs, the museum is dedicated to creating memorable and inspiring interactions through educational and cultural opportunities. « less
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Ranked #13 of 251 attractions in California Desert
Category: Golf Courses
Owner description: Upscale 36-hole facility offers two world-class layouts designed by Ted Robinson, which were recently featured on GOLF... more » Owner description: Upscale 36-hole facility offers two world-class layouts designed by Ted Robinson, which were recently featured on GOLF Magazine's 1996 list of "Silver Medal Resorts." « less
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Ranked #14 of 251 attractions in California Desert
Category: Canyons; Deserts; Hiking Trails; Parks

There are several great hikes and trails and a Trading Post within the Agua Calient Indian Canyons, including the most popular Palm Canyon Trail.  To get there, take Palm Canyon... more »

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Ranked #15 of 251 attractions in California Desert
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Deserts
Owner description: Formed by a system of sand dunes, this 20,000-acre sanctuary is home to several species of rare wildlife and a number of palm... more » Owner description: Formed by a system of sand dunes, this 20,000-acre sanctuary is home to several species of rare wildlife and a number of palm oases. « less
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Ranked #16 of 251 attractions in California Desert
Category: Museums; History Museums; Specialty Museums
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Galleta Meadows (Borrego Springs)
Ranked #17 of 251 attractions in California Desert
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Ranked #18 of 251 attractions in California Desert
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Deserts; Gardens; Parks; Natural History Museums; Zoos
The botanical gardens of this park offer great opportunities to see desert vegetation.
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Ranked #19 of 251 attractions in California Desert
Category: Architectural Buildings
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Ranked #20 of 251 attractions in California Desert
Category: Water Parks
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Palm Canyon (Palm Springs)
Ranked #21 of 251 attractions in California Desert
Category: Deserts; Canyons
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Ranked #22 of 251 attractions in California Desert
Category: Golf Courses
Owner description: Varied elevations and unique water features have been carefully incorporated into the indigenous desert landscape at this... more » Owner description: Varied elevations and unique water features have been carefully incorporated into the indigenous desert landscape at this prestigious Coachella Valley course. « less
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Ranked #23 of 251 attractions in California Desert
Category: Children's Museums
An interactive museum with hands-on exhibits allows children to explore and learn.
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Ranked #24 of 251 attractions in California Desert
Category: Hiking Trails
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Ranked #25 of 251 attractions in California Desert
Category: Scenic Drives
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Painted Canyon (Palm Springs)
Ranked #26 of 251 attractions in California Desert
Category: Canyons
A variety of colors paint the rocks here, giving this unique location its name.
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Ranked #27 of 251 attractions in California Desert
Category: Golf Courses
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Ranked #28 of 251 attractions in California Desert
Category: Canyons
Cosos Mountains canyon containing rock paintings that pre-date Native Americans.
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Ranked #29 of 251 attractions in California Desert
Category: Golf Courses
Owner description: Located in the Coachella Valley, Shadow Ridge Golf Club enjoys over 350 days of sunshine and blue skies every year. This... more » Owner description: Located in the Coachella Valley, Shadow Ridge Golf Club enjoys over 350 days of sunshine and blue skies every year. This beautiful and peaceful valley is often referred to as the "golf capital of the world" because of its ideal playing conditions and abundance of courses. « less
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Ranked #30 of 251 attractions in California Desert
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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