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How to Spend 2 Days in Palm Springs

How to Spend 2 Days in Palm Springs

A popular weekend trip from Los Angeles, Palm Springs offers an easy escape from the city, as well as a roster of outdoor activities for nature lovers and more leisurely pursuits for laid-back travelers. From Jeep excursions to architectural tours, this desert oasis has something for everyone. Here’s how to spend two days in Palm Springs.

Day 1: Drive Out to the Desert

**Morning:**A huge draw for Palm Springs visitors, Joshua Tree National Park provides a somewhat surreal experience with its famous groves of spiky trees (for which the park is named) and its rock formations. Join one of the many guided half-day tours that explore the park via air-conditioned vans, SUVs, Jeeps, and even Hummers.

**Afternoon:**While in Joshua Tree, take a rock climbing class and learn the fundamentals of the sport such as knot tying, belaying, and the proper lingo. (No experience is necessary.) Alternatively, visit a working wind farm to see some of Palm Springs’ 2,000-plus windmills, find out why this renewable energy source is important to the Coachella Valley, and check out the latest technology.

**Night:**In the evening, head back out into the desert to do some stargazing. Since it’s not affected by the light pollution of a city such as Los Angeles, the dark night sky here offers the perfect chance to score a clear view of planets and stars, aided by a telescope on a guided tour.

Day 2: Town Highlights

**Morning:**A must-do in Palm Springs, the aerial tram ascends 5,783 feet (1,790 meters), offering unparalleled views of the San Jacinto Mountains and Chino Canyon. Plus, you’ll experience the change in temperature from hot and dry to cool and crisp. At the top, take in the surrounding scenery from the observation deck.

**Afternoon:**Known for its mid-century modern designs, this desert destination attracts plenty of architecture enthusiasts, as well as fans of old Hollywood. Learn about the city’s history on a guided tour of the former homes of stars such as Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley, and see why it was a popular getaway from La La Land. 

**Night:**Take a sunset tour of the desert in an open-air Jeep. The excursion typically starts a few hours before the sun sets, so you’ll be able to see the magical time before the desert is covered in darkness. Also, be on the lookout for local wildlife emerging at night.

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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Admission Ticket

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Admission Ticket

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Soar over Palm Springs on the Aerial Tramway for spectacular views of the desert. Ascending to 5,783 feet (1,790 meters), the tram transports you to the cool air in the San Jacinto Mountains. View unspoiled wilderness, including mountain spires and Ponderosa pine trees, during your ascent. Disembark and explore the area around Mountain Station, which includes a cocktail lounge, restaurant and observation deck. Hike, snowshoe or cross-country ski on the trails in the Mt. San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness Area around Mountain Station.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert
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San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert

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Explore the geology around California’s legendary San Andreas fault during a Jeep tour from Palm Desert. See a desert oasis fed by an underground spring as your naturalist guide describes how the Native American Cahuilla tribe used the desert's plants for food, medicine, and shelter. Marvel at steep-walled canyons and tall twisted rock mountains, and learn about the plant and animal life of the area. Choose from a morning or afternoon tour that includes light snacks, bottled water, and round-trip transport from Palm Desert.
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  • 3 hours
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Joshua Tree National Park Offroad Tour

Joshua Tree National Park Offroad Tour

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At nearly 800,000 acres, Joshua Tree is nearly impossible to take in on foot, and the best views are far off the paved path. Touring the park via 4x4, you’ll get to ride deep into the rugged backcountry, nabbing enviable views of the Mojave Desert, the sacred Joshua trees, wild rock formations, and more, making the most of your precious time in this incredible national park.
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  • 4 hours
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Palm Springs Windmill Tours

Palm Springs Windmill Tours

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Opt for this Palm Springs windmill tour, and try something a little different from your typical celebrity homes or San Andreas Fault tours you’d usually do in Palm Springs. This self-driving windmill tour allows you to explore the evolution of wind turbines on a private wind farm from the comfort of your own vehicle. The tour allows you to exit at each stop and guides you with a curated video.
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Earthquake Canyon Express Downhill Bicycle Adventure

Earthquake Canyon Express Downhill Bicycle Adventure

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Take a leisurely bike ride in the desert. This guided mountain bike tour will take you down a gentle grade along the San Andreas Fault where the Mojave Desert transitions into the Colorado Desert. Enjoy beautiful views of the desert landscape as you pedal along the paved path. The tour concludes with a rest stop at a date farm where you can try a date shake.
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  • 4 hours
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San Andreas Fault Offroad Tour

San Andreas Fault Offroad Tour

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Learn about California's geology and desert wilderness on a half-day Jeep/SUV tour to the San Andreas Fault. Drive through the Coachella Valley to the fault zone while hearing from your guide about native plant and animal life, local history, the Salton Sea, and earthquakes. Depending on your preference, you can take a nature walk in the desert or stay in the vehicle. You'll also stop by a date farm where you can try their signature date milkshake. Includes guide, transportation, and light refreshments.
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Beginner Group Rock Climbing in Joshua Tree National Park

Beginner Group Rock Climbing in Joshua Tree National Park

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Learn the rock-climbing basics against the one-of-a-kind backdrop of Joshua Tree National Park's otherworldly scenery: this small-group, beginner-friendly tour makes climbing accessible. In the morning, make your own way to the Joshua Tree Visitor Center, meet your guide, and get ready to explore. You'll get acquainted with the park's famed climbing options when you attempt to scale a granite rock face. First-hand guidance, support, and equipment are all provided.
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  • 4 hours
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The Legends & Icons Tour of Palm Springs

The Legends & Icons Tour of Palm Springs

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Discover Palm Springs through the eyes of its famous residents and historical icons on this short tour through the bustling resort city. Instead of piling into a crowded tour bus with a mass of strangers, enjoy a personalized private tour with a guide who can answer your questions and tell you the stories you want to hear. Roam around some of the city’s historic districts, get photo ops at locations like Indian Canyon and the San Andreas faultline, and visit the property where the Rat Pack partied their way through the ‘60s.
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Palms to Vines Wine Tasting from Palm Springs

Palms to Vines Wine Tasting from Palm Springs

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Taste Temecula’s most celebrated wines on a private full-day tour from Palm Springs, and explore the valley’s dramatic terrain in a powerful H1 Hummer. Pass undulating lines of Syrah and Tempranillo vines as your knowledgeable guide drives you to a series of three wineries, and discover Temecula’s unpretentious approach to fine wines. Sample up to 18 wines that range from classic red and whites to an almond-infused bubbly, pause for a relaxed vineyard lunch, and enjoy the sun-drenched scenery of the Temecula Valley.
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  • 7 hours
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