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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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San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert

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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Palm Springs Windmill Self-Driving Tour Interactive Fun Safe

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Palm Springs Windmill Self-Driving Tour Interactive Fun Safe

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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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$49.00
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Half-Day Joshua Tree National Park Jeep Tour

Half-Day Joshua Tree National Park Jeep Tour

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The lush resorts of Palm Springs will feel a million miles away when you get out in the wilds of Joshua Tree National Park on this small group Jeep tour. Leave the city behind as you head off-road and over a rocky landscape some people say feels like being on another planet. See plants and rock formations that are unique to the desert, and learn what makes Joshua Tree so special.
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  • 4 hours
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Earthquake Canyon Express Downhill Small Group Half Day Bike Tour

Earthquake Canyon Express Downhill Small Group Half Day Bike Tour

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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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120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Palm Springs

120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Palm Springs

Flytographer 120 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Palm Springs and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Palm Springs, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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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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Mods & Icons Tour of Palm Springs

Mods & Icons Tour of Palm Springs

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From the Palm Spring Walk of Stars to the San Andreas Fault Line, discover Palm Springs without spending hours in a cramped, crowded tour bus on this small-group sightseeing tour. Drive through the city’s beautiful historic districts and hear the stories behind highlights like the Plaza Theater, the Aerial Tramway, and the Indian Canyons. Get to know Palm Springs in the flesh – and get great recommendations for the rest of your time in town.
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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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Join our certified local guides for a half day exploration of Joshua Tree National Park's world renowned rock climbing! Meet other travelers who, like yourself, have a healthy appetite for adventure, while learning the basics of the sport from an expert. See JTNP from a new perspective 100' up a wall of granite!
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Joshua Tree National Park Customized Guided Hiking Tour

Joshua Tree National Park Customized Guided Hiking Tour

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Explore the otherworldly landscape of Joshua Tree National Park with a customized, guided hiking tour that takes in the best of the region. Tailor the trip to your interests and abilities, and walk to soaring granite formations with sweeping views of the arid terrain. Learn about the plants and animals that thrive in this unique ecosystem, then see Joshua Tree’s fascinating geological history laid bare in the rock record. Choose between a 1- or 2-day hiking tour, and immerse yourself in one of America’s most distinctive National Parks.
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  • 2 days
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Palm Springs off the Beaten Path Tailormade & Private Tour

Palm Springs off the Beaten Path Tailormade & Private Tour

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Allow another side of Palm Springs to help you get the most out of your experience by providing a personal and private tour guide to show you the way. Your guide extraordinaire will help you to put together a personalized and customized tour before your trip to Palm Springs, they will get a feel for your likes and dislikes and will work one-on-one with you to show you a side of Palm Springs you could never have seen on your own. Allow us to make your trip to Palm Springs as easy and carefree as it should be. The tour takes you to see the homes and buildings designed by Frey, Williams, Wexler, Cody, just to name a few. You don't want to miss this tour, because these people made this area. They had such a profound impact on Palm Springs, you can still feel their presence. Palm Springs is becoming the center of "Desert Modernism, " with stellar examples of mid-century modern architecture tucked throughout the community and available to enjoy.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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San Andreas Fault Small Group Half-Day Jeep Tour

San Andreas Fault Small Group Half-Day Jeep Tour

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Learn about California's geology and desert wilderness on a half-day Jeep 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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  • 4 hours
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