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Best of Palm Springs Small Group Tour w/ Aerial Tram


Best of Palm Springs Small Group Tour w/ Aerial Tram


Best of Palm Springs Small Group Tour w/ Aerial Tram


Aleena Mehmood2024-07-08

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Palm Springs basks in the spotlight for a reason: it's a sun-drenched oasis, a haven for mid-century modern architecture enthusiasts, and a playground for outdoor adventurers. But beyond the iconic sites and bustling downtown core, a treasure trove of hidden gems awaits the curious explorer. Here at Tripshepherd, we're all about uncovering those unexpected delights, so pack your walking shoes (or hiking boots!), sunscreen, and a sense of wonder as we delve into Palm Springs' lesser-known wonders.

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Hiking Trails and Desert Hot Springs

Palm Springs isn't just about poolside lounging. The dramatic San Jacinto Mountains provide a stunning backdrop, and lacing up your boots to explore the Coachella Valley Preserve's hiking trails is a must. The moderately challenging Mount San Jacinto State Park offers breathtaking panoramic views, while the pristine wilderness of Indian Canyons, with its palm groves and cascading waterfalls, provides a peaceful escape.

Craving a rejuvenating soak? Look beyond the luxurious resorts and discover the natural hot springs scattered around the region. Desert Hot Springs, a short drive away, boasts several public and clothing-optional hot springs offering a unique and therapeutic experience.

Pueblo Museum and Windmill Tours

Palm Springs' history goes beyond the Rat Pack era. Delve into the life of a desert pioneer at the Cabot Yerxa Pueblo Museum in Desert Hot Springs. This fascinating hand-built structure, constructed entirely by one man, offers a glimpse into early homesteading life.

History buffs will also appreciate a lesser-known gem – the Palm Springs windmill tours. These towering windmills, once a vital part of the Coachella Valley's agricultural landscape, stand proudly as a testament to the region's ingenuity.

Night view of Palm Springs

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Art and Culture Beyond the Palm Springs Art Museum

While the Palm Springs Art Museum is a must-visit for art enthusiasts, the city boasts a vibrant hidden art scene. Explore the funky Uptown Design District's galleries, or for a unique experience, visit the Moorten Botanical Garden. This sprawling desert oasis showcases an incredible collection of cacti and succulents, all meticulously arranged to create a living work of art.

Gift Shops and Shopping with a Desert Flair

Sure, there are the usual gift shops lining Palm Springs' streets, but for something truly special, seek out the locally-owned gems. Uptown Palm Springs offers a treasure trove of unique boutiques and shops selling everything from desert-inspired homeware to handcrafted jewelry.

Foodie Haven

Palm Springs' culinary scene bursts with flavor, but don't limit yourself to hotel restaurants. Venture into the streets and discover hidden cafes serving up delicious farm-to-table cuisine or authentic Mexican fare. For a post-hike refuel, grab a smoothie bowl at a trendy acai joint or indulge in a slice of homemade pie at a cozy local diner.

A Mid-Century Modern Oasis

Palm Springs' iconic mid-century modern architecture is a major draw, but there's more to discover than the well-known landmarks. Explore the historic neighborhoods like the Tennis Club Estates, where you'll find a fascinating array of private residences showcasing the architectural style in all its glory.

Feeling peckish after your architectural exploration? Grab a bite at a quintessential mid-century modern diner, soaking up the retro vibes as you fuel up for more adventuring.

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The Palm Springs Air Museum and More

While the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway offers a thrilling ride to mountaintop vistas, aviation enthusiasts shouldn't miss the Palm Springs Air Museum. This hidden gem houses an impressive collection of vintage aircraft, from World War II fighter planes to sleek civilian jets. Take a guided tour and learn about the fascinating history of flight, or simply marvel at the engineering marvels on display.

Stargazing Under the Coachella Valley Skies

Palm Springs boasts some of the darkest night skies in Southern California, making it a haven for stargazers. Escape the city lights and head to the Joshua Tree National Park or the Coachella Valley Preserve for an unforgettable celestial experience.

Join a stargazing tour led by a knowledgeable guide, or simply spread out a blanket and let your eyes adjust to the darkness. Witness the Milky Way in all its glory, identify constellations, and be awestruck by the sheer number of twinkling stars.

Coachella and More

Music lovers flock to Palm Springs for the world-famous Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. But the Coachella Valley offers a vibrant music scene year-round. Catch a local band playing at a hidden outdoor venue, or attend a performance at the McCallum Theatre, a stunning mid-century modern performing arts center.

For a unique theatrical experience, consider attending a dinner theater production. Savor a delicious meal while enjoying a live performance, often featuring local talent and classic comedies or musicals.

The Banana Museum and RoboLights

Palm Springs offers a healthy dose of quirky fun. Seek out the one-of-a-kind Banana Museum, a haven for all things banana-related. From banana art and memorabilia to quirky banana-themed gifts, this museum is a guaranteed giggle-fest.

As dusk settles, head to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival grounds (outside of festival season) to experience the dazzling display of RoboLights. This mesmerizing installation features thousands of twinkling lights artfully arranged into robots, animals, and other whimsical creations. It's a sight that will leave you feeling like a kid again.

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Unwind and Recharge

Palm Springs is synonymous with relaxation, and while the luxurious resort spas offer a blissful experience, there are hidden gems catering to a more low-key approach to wellness. Discover yoga studios tucked away in charming neighborhoods, offering classes for all levels.

For a truly unique experience, seek out a sound bath session. Immerse yourself in the soothing vibrations of Tibetan singing bowls and other instruments, allowing the sounds to wash over you and promote deep relaxation.

Exploring Greater Palm Springs: A Hidden Gem Trove

Palm Springs is just the tip of the iceberg. Venture out to explore the treasures of Greater Palm Springs. Take a day trip to Joshua Tree National Park and hike amongst the iconic twisted Joshua trees, or explore the funky town of Pioneertown, a former movie set with a Wild West vibe.

The nearby town of Desert Hot Springs offers more than just natural hot springs. Visit the Integratron, a unique acoustic dome structure promoting sound healing, or explore the various art galleries showcasing local and regional talent.


Palm Springs' hidden gems are waiting to be discovered, and Tripshepherd is here to guide you on your adventure. Our Palm Springs tours will take you off the beaten path and introduce you to the city's lesser-known delights.

So, ditch the tourist traps and embrace the unexpected. With Tripshepherd as your guide, uncover the magic that awaits in Palm Springs' hidden corners. From breathtaking natural landscapes and quirky museums to unique cultural experiences and off-the-grid wellness options, Palm Springs offers an unforgettable adventure for every kind of traveler.