Skip to main content.

What to See and Do in Palm Springs – a guide to notable attractions and landmarks

Find a place to stay

Droves of visitors come to Palm Springs for its natural beauty and outdoor attractions from mountains to canyons. It's also a major destination for golf, with several lush green courses to choose from, with world-class facilities. The town also has a rich history, from being a time-honored spot for recuperation, to a place for the stars of Hollywood to relax, and you'll find many historic homes and buildings to explore.
Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway



Graceland is often the spot where hardcore Elvis fans choose to congregate, but the charming Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway gives a smaller, more intimate portrait of the King. A former retreat for Elvis and Priscilla Presley, this kitsch 1960s home has stone-clad walls, leather interiors, and a beautifully maintained retro design. Best of all, it has been kept the way it looked when Elvis lived here, and you can take a tour with Elvis and Priscilla lookalikes or other experts showing you around, seeing the King's personal possessions and learning more about the King of Rock n Roll.


Moorten Botanical Garden



You'll be amazed by the variety of plant life that can thrive in the desert, and at Moorten Botanical Garden you can see over 3,000 varieties spiky and colorful plants that thrive in the blazing sunshine. Walk through the trails and spot cacti of all sizes, many of which flower in the heat, as well as greenhouses full of exotically captivating specimens. Book a tour and you'll be able to learn about these different species, and can even pick up some plants to take home for your own garden.


Wet 'n Wild Palm Springs



If you need to cool off from the hot sun, as well as keeping the kids entertained, then the Wet 'n Wild Palm Springs is just the ticket. There are many colorful, winding flumes, a lazy river, and a simulated surfing machine where you can learn to catch a wave. Booking a cabana allows you to relax and be waited on, and this gives you a base to explore the rides, from family-friendly to thrilling. There's also a surf shop in case you've forgotten anything, and a selection of outdoor restaurants to refuel after a wet and wild time.


Palm Springs Aerial Tramway



The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway of Chino Canyon allows you to see the breathtaking mountains and valleys of the area, from the comfort of the world's largest rotating tramcar. The ride takes just 10 minutes, and once you are at the top you can take a stroll, enjoy the jaw-dropping view, and grab a telescope to see more. You can book a guided nature walk, or even a night of camping under the stars, and there's a restaurant above the clouds to enjoy the surroundings in style. Cross-country skiing is a favorite activity in the winter season.