Palm Springs Fun in the Sun

From hiking trails to excellent places to eat, California has it all. Read on for an ideal itinerary for a Palm Springs fun in the sun trip.

Southern California is one of the places we can not stop going back to. Some other places to see near Palm Springs include:

Coachella Valley Vista Point

On our drive from wine tasting in Temecula we happened upon Coachella Valley Vista Point. The large turn off was an excellent place to stop and stretch our legs. The drive in to Palm Springs was gorgeous to say the least.


  • Temperatures are typically 50 degrees colder at the top
  • Adults: $29.95 Children: $16.95
  • Handicap assessable
  • Tram every 30 minutes
  • 10am-9:30pm Monday-Friday
  • 8am-9:30pm Saturday and Sunday

Marilyn Monroe Statue and Downtown Palm Springs Fun in the Sun

Downtown Palm Springs has palm tree lined roads for miles. It is also known for its shops, restaurants, and art.

Visit Pioneertown on your Palm Springs Fun in the Sun trip

Pioneertown will bring you back to the wild west. First, eat at Pappy and Harriet’s. If you get lucky they will have live music. Second, walk the old-time shops and enjoy all the arts and crafts. Lastly, check out the film museum. This is an old movie set turned in to a community.

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is located in the middle of the desert. Therefore, be sure to arrive early and bring a ton of water. We spent a lot of time driving through as the temperatures started rising. However, there is a lot to see from the car.

Palm Springs Fun in the Sun: Mount San Jacinto State Park

At the top of the tram you will stop at Mount San Jacinto State Park. We were able to take on the Dessert View Nature Trail and Round Valley Loop Trail in one day. The Round Valley Loop does require a permit. However, this trail made us feel as if we were hiking in the mountains of Colorado.

The Cross Trail Loop

We left out a ton of cool pictures because you have to see it for yourself. This trail is in the sun most of the day. Therefore, arrive extra early at sunrise to beat the heat, and the views are incredible. However, another popular time to go is at sunset to see the cross lit up.

Pappy and Harriet’s

I was not expecting such delicious food at this rustic restaurant. Be sure to check out their live music line up on their website before you stop in.

La Quinta Brewing Company

La Quinta Brewing Company was our favorite place to eat. They have good food, beer, and even spray misters on the patio to keep you cool.

Desert Beer Co.

Desert Beer Co. had a fun family like atmosphere. We enjoyed the ambiance and the beer equally.

Las Palmas Brewing

  • Palm tree patio
  • People watching
  • Cute bar

Blaze Pizza

We can never say no to wood-fired pizza. This place is fast, less expensive and delightful.

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