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Top Choice Cable Car in Palm Springs & the Coachella Valley

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

North of downtown, this rotating cable car is a highlight of any Palm Springs trip. It climbs nearly 6000 vertical feet through five different vegetation zones, from the Sonoran desert floor to the San Jacinto Mount…
Notable Building in Palm Springs & the Coachella Valley

Sunnylands

Sunnylands is the mid-century modern estate of Walter and Leonore Annenberg, one of America’s ‘first families.’ At their winter estate in Rancho Mirage, the Annenbergs entertained seven US presidents, royalty, Holly…
Top Choice Californian in Palm Springs & the Coachella Valley

Cheeky's

Waits can be long and service only so-so, but the farm-to-table menu dazzles with witty inventiveness. Dishes change weekly, but custardy scrambled eggs, chilaquiles and bacon bar ‘flights’ keep making appearances.
Top Choice Museum in Palm Springs & the Coachella Valley

Palm Springs Art Museum

See the evolution of American painting, sculpture, photography and glass art over the past century. Alongside well-curated temporary exhibitions, the permanent collection is especially strong in modern painting and …
Top Choice Zoo in Palm Springs & the Coachella Valley

Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

This amazing zoo, located off Hwy 111, exhibits a variety of desert plants and animals, alongside exhibits on desert geology and Native American culture. Highlights include a walk-through wildlife hospital and an Af…
Top Choice Californian in Palm Springs & the Coachella Valley

Trio

The winning formula in this '60s modernist space: updated American comfort food (awesome Yankee pot roast!), eye-catching artwork and picture windows. The $19 prix-fixe three-course dinner (served until 6pm) is a st…
Music in Palm Springs & the Coachella Valley

Coachella Music & Arts Festival

Held at Indio’s Empire Polo Club over two weekends in April, this is one of the hottest indie-music festivals of its kind. Get tickets early or forget about it.
Clothing in Palm Springs & the Coachella Valley

Trina Turk

Trina makes form-flattering ‘California-chic’ fashions that are beautifully presented amid shag carpeting and floral foil wallpaper in her original boutique in a 1960s Albert Frey building. Her Mr Turk menswear line…
Public Art in Salton Sea

Salvation Mountain

Southeast of the Salton Sea, Salvation Mountain is a mighty strange sight indeed: a 100ft-high hill of concrete and hand-mixed adobe slathered in colorful paint and found objects (hay bales, tires, telephone poles) …
Deli in Palm Springs & the Coachella Valley

Sherman's

Every community with a sizeable retired contingent needs a good Jewish deli. Sherman's is it. With a breezy sidewalk patio, it pulls in an all-ages crowd with its 40 sandwich varieties (great hot pastrami!), finger-…