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Rancho Mirage is one of nine cities in the Palm Springs area, and with 12 golf courses in 24 miles, it is perhaps the best for winding down. Peeling away from the pampering of resort life may be tough, but getting out into nature is well worth the effort.
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Ryan Mountain, California, USA
Joshua Tree National Park is an arid expanse of two desert ecosystems surprisingly packed with hundreds of species of flora and fauna. The short but strenuous and sunny 1.5-mile hike up Ryan Mountain (5,457 feet) offers humbling views of the vast...
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2477 Belfield Blvd, Landers, CA 92285, USA
UFO advocate, George Van Tassel, began constructing the Integratron in the 1950s after an alien encounter with “Solgonda” who bestowed upon him the secrets of rejuvenation and time travel. The all-wood white dome structure contrasts with the blue...
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25905 CA-243, Idyllwild, CA 92549, USA
Less than an hour's drive from Palm Desert, Idyllwild is an oasis of Redwood trees and granite peaks. About a mile above sea level, Idyllwild has a boarding school for burgeoning artists. In the summer, when the kids are away, Idyllwild Arts...
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Beal Rd, Slab City, CA 92233, USA
The technicolor mound in the middle of the barren Imperial Valley desert is a quirky manifestation of Leonard Knight’s mission to spread the message of Love after discovering Jesus at age 35 in 1967. Salvation Mountain is a three-story mural...
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45000 Indian Wells Ln, Indian Wells, CA 92210, USA
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Inside the beautiful Miramonte Resort & Spa is the farm-to-table fine dining experience of Chef Robert Nyerick’s Grove Artisan Kitchen. With its own herb and citrus garden on the grounds, flavors are fresh for the California cuisine. Seafood...
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800 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
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Palm Springs’ Uptown Design District has seen a burgeoning number of restaurants in recent years that caters to the classy and cool instead of the historically kitsch. Workshop Kitchen + Bar is the latest addition to the scene, whose seasonal menu...
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701 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264, USA
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The Amigo Room is a hip bar at the even hipper Ace Hotel that serves patrons and the public craft beers and artisan cocktails poolside and inside. It’s always a party at the Ace and regular events like live music, DJs, comedy, bingo, crafts, and...
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1800 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264, USA
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With over 100 brands of tequila glowing behind the bar, the otherwise dimly lit El Jefe is the perfect location to start, spend, or end your night in Palm Springs. Cocktails with flavor-infused tequila, margaritas and micheladas are a tasty kick...
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664 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
Palm Springs is a thrift and vintage hot spot with hand-me-downs from its heyday of the '50s, '60s, '70s and '80s. Déjà Vu Vintage Finery is one of the best boutiques to find designer wears and accessories from casual to elegant without the...
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891 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
Trina Turk is famous for her bright colors and bold prints inspired by California cocktail and poolside culture. Her first boutique (now one of seven) is here in Palm Springs, fittingly inside of a building designed by mid-century modern...