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Top Choice Music in Greater Palm Springs

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 featuring major headliners and the stars of tomorrow. Get tickets early or forget about it.
Top Choice Gardens in Greater Palm Springs

Sunnylands Center & Gardens

Sunnylands is the mid-century modern winter retreat of Walter and Leonore Annenberg, one of America’s ‘first families.’ It was here that they entertained seven US presidents, royalty, Hollywood celebrities and heads…
Top Choice Cable Car in Greater Palm Springs

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

This rotating cable car climbs nearly 6000 vertical feet and covers five different vegetation zones, from the Sonoran desert floor to pine-scented Mt San Jacinto State Park, in 10 minutes during its 2.5-mile journey…
Top Choice National Park in Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park

The very name evokes all that is harsh, hot and hellish – a punishing, barren and lifeless place of Old Testament severity. This is a land of superlatives: it's the hottest, driest and lowest national park in the US…
Top Choice Public Art in Joshua Tree National Park

Noah Purifoy Desert Art Museum

The 'Junk Dada' sculptures and installations of African American artist Noah Purifoy (1917–2004) are collected by the world's finest museums, but some of his coolest works can be seen for free at his former outdoor …
Top Choice Zoo in Greater Palm Springs

Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

This amazing animal park showcases desert plants and animals alongside exhibits on regional geology and Native American culture. Highlights include a walk-through wildlife hospital and an African-themed village with…
Top Choice Museum in Greater Palm Springs

Palm Springs Art Museum

Art fans should not miss this museum which presents changing exhibitions drawn from its stellar collection of international modern and contemporary painting, sculpture, photography and glass art. The permanent colle…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Greater Palm Springs

Counter Reformation

If you worship at the altar of Bacchus (the Roman god of wine), you'll be singing his praises in this dimly lit clandestine boite at the Parker Palm Springs resort. The handpicked menu features just 17 reds, whites …
Top Choice Viewpoint in Death Valley National Park

Dante's View

At 5475ft, the view of the entire southern Death Valley basin from the top of the Black Mountains is absolutely brilliant, especially at sunrise or sunset. On very clear days, you can simultaneously see the highest …
Top Choice Natural Feature in Joshua Tree National Park

Wonderland of Rocks

This striking rock labyrinth extends roughly from Indian Cove in the north to Park Blvd in the south and is predictably a popular rock climbers' haunt. For a quick impression, try the 0.5-mile Indian Cove Trail or t…