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What to Do around The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa

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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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101 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
Walking around downtown Palm Springs, we were stopped in our tracks by 26 feet and 17 tons of steel and aluminum: Forever Marilyn by artist Seward Johnson. Even if you haven't seen The Seven Year Itch, this cinematic moment has been an icon for...
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37977 Bob Hope Dr, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270, USA
Philanthropists and distinguished public servants, Walter and Leonore Annenberg, left behind their blush-brushed residence to benefit thought leaders and inspire the public. The 200-acre Sunnylands estate is an interior and exterior work of art...
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1 Tram Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
Golf and sunshine are the main magnets that draw visitors to Palm Springs, but a 10-minute ride will take you up into a snowy evergreen forest. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway climbs up to a mountain wilderness at 8,500 feet (2,590 meters). The...
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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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Desert Shores, CA 92274, USA
The Salton Sea has some amazing spots for bird watching. Here, off of the abandoned Salton Sea Marina site, was a large number of birds (I'm not sure what species). They flew all together and were very responsive to the slightest motion by me,...
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8332 Fleur Dr, Joshua Tree, CA 92252, USA
Whether you’re an advanced climber or a total newb, Uprising can provide you with a guide and everything you need for a special day in Joshua Tree—right down to a harness and shoes. Owner Sue Cram or one of her guides will customize your...
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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, Calipatria, 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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101 N Museum Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
The Palm Springs Art Museum features a sophisticated collection of contemporary art including works from Picasso, Warhol, and Lichtenstein. The museum itself is pleasing to the eye and is home to 28 galleries, two sculpture gardens, a cafe, gift...
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Tahquitz Falls, Palm Springs, CA 92264, USA
Tahquitz Canyon loop is a short but spiritual two-mile loop along the peaceful Tahquitz River to the 60-foot Tahquitz Falls. Whether it’s rushing in spring or trickling in fall, the setting is stunning with sheer white cliffs contrasting with the...
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1350 Ladera Cir, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
Mid-century modern or “desert modernism” architecture is a defining characteristic of the Palm Springs area. From celebrity commissioned vacation homes to civic buildings and resorts, a drive through Palm Springs is like a walk through a museum....
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53688 Pioneertown Rd, Pioneertown, CA 92268, USA
Pappy & Harriet’s is the cantina centerpiece of Pioneertown, the once livable Old West movie set complete with frontier town facades like stables, saloons and jails. Transformed from biker burrito bar to more family-friendly dining in 1982, Pappy...
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71701 Gerald Ford Dr, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270, USA
The museum is located on a 6.5-acre ‘campus’ and is the only place of its kind in the Coachella Valley. There are more than 50 touchable exhibits for kids to explore, along with weekly art and science projects, in which all can participate. There’...
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1077 E Granvia Valmonte, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
Palm Springs has a reputation for its quirky creativity and the colorful giant robots in Kenny Irwin Jr's father's front yard are the perfect example. Tours can be booked in advance to walk the grounds filled with over 200 installations. No...
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50770 Seminole Dr, Cabazon, CA 92230, USA
Just off the I-10 highway between Los Angeles and Palm Springs, the northern horizon lined by the San Bernardino Mountains is briefly interrupted by two massive, sun-faded dinosaurs. Pull off the exit for a short walk around and to snap a highly...
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78100 Main St #108, La Quinta, CA 92253, USA
The Coachella Valley's Certified Farmers' Market sells straight from the farms on different days of the week in Palm Springs, Old Town La Quinta, and Palm Desert. Local farmers supply it all including fruits, nuts, veggies, olive oil, cheese,...
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Palm Springs, CA, USA
See Palm Springs from the seat of bicycle, while stopping for a drink or two along the way. Each Social Cycle bike accommodates 16 people, which makes it perfect for group gatherings. General tour routes are provided, but riders can customize...
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2500 S Toledo Ave, Palm Springs, CA 92264, USA
Smoke Tree Stables provides Western horseback rides for all types of riders. Guests will get to check out various trails along Smoke Tree Mountain. Length and difficulty of rides vary based on experience and preference. Got a group? Smoke Tree...
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745 N Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
Ranked as one of the best aviation museums in the country, the Palm Springs Air Museum exhibits one of the “largest collections of flyable World War II aircraft” in the world. Aircraft from the Korea and Vietnam Wars are also on display, and “...
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Palm Springs, CA, USA
Palm Springs has the largest concentration of mid-century design masterpieces in the world, so it’s no wonder that architects, designers, and style enthusiasts flock here to get inspired or shop for mid-century furniture and decor. In celebration...
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2901 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
This mid-century modern former gas station was intended to be the first thing that people saw as they approached Palm Springs from the highway. Today the building serves as the Palm Springs Visitor Center. It's worth it to stop by just to admire...
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101 N Museum Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
I got a preview of the new Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, California. In addition to the influential collection of art, the garden around the museum is beautifully designed and showcases the frailty of the desert.
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Cathedral City, CA, USA
An amazing example of neon signage at the Elephant Car Wash along highway 111. I drove past it several times en route to other places and stopped at night to snap this shot. The "water" sprays from the elephant's trunk.
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Mount San Jacinto, California, USA
When you hike Mount San Jacinto, you get excellent views all the way up to 10,834-foot summit (view from the north pictured). The 11-mile hike is a bit more challenging when there's snow but still doable. At the base is the spectacular Palm...