Palm Springs is an outdoor lover’s dream. The California city offers fantastic weather, great hiking and biking trails, golf, and access to the nearby desert and mountains. Palm Springs welcomes plenty of visitors each year with many residents only being seasonal.
Situated just over 100 miles from Los Angeles, Palm Springs is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city of angels. According to Palm Springs’ tourism department, the city receives around 350 days of sunlight each year.
Other than the great weather and outdoor activities, many travelers may wonder what else Palm Springs offers. Car enthusiasts can enjoy adrenaline-pumping driving experiences courtesy of BMW and McLaren while art lovers will enjoy the variety of museums and galleries around the city.
Local Favorite: Parma SandwichA mouthwatering Parma sandwich can be found at The Real Italian Deli, one of the top lunch spots in Palm Springs. The American-created sandwich was inspired by Italian meats and cheeses. The main ingredient is Parma ham which is layered onto ciabatta or panini bread. Mozzarella, tomato, pesto, olive oil, and arugula are added to the sandwich to deliver a one-of-a-kind taste. The Parma sandwich has been around for a long time and although we know its roots are in Italy, its true origin is lost to history. The Parma sandwich available at The Real Italian Deli is served on the restaurant's own torpedo bread. Order up a Parma sandwich at the deli's counter and take it with you as you explore the city.
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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Air Museum
Mount San Jacinto
Top Tourist Attractions
Joshua Tree National Park
Located less than an hour’s drive from Palm Springs, outdoors lovers will find Joshua Tree National Park. The park is one of the most famous in the United States southwest. Many travelers use Palm Springs as a base and visit Joshua Tree National Park for hiking and mountain biking.
Not only is it an excellent site for trekking, but the park is also a popular camping area for those who enjoy sleeping under the stars.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Opened in 1963, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is the world’s largest rotating aerial tramway. It takes visitors from the Coachella Valley up to the top of San Jacinto Peak.
At the top of the mountain is the Peaks restaurant. Travelers can sit above the clouds to delicious meals while enjoying the breathtaking views of Palm Springs. The San Jacinto Peak is also a perfect place for hiking and camping.
BMW Ultimate Driving Experience
In the nearby city of Thermal, visitors will find the BMW Ultimate Driving Experience. It offers an opportunity to sample a variety of BMW vehicles at the exclusive Thermal Club.
Experiences include the M Drive, which allows participants to get behind the wheel of an M BMW and the Track Meet, which offers a unique opportunity to meet other BMW owners and network. The half-day event offers a gourmet lunch along with three driving sessions.