Palm Springs Vacations


Golf in Palm Springs

The Living Desert... Where the Wild Things Live

Whooooosh - Palm Springs Windmill Tour

Explore the San Andreas Fault

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Architectural Delights

Come Fly with Me

Travel Tips - Beat the heat.....



Cool down and go sky-high above the Coachella Valley when you visit one of the area’s best-known attractions, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Since the temperature differential between the valley floor and the top of the Tram is usually about 30 degrees you can enjoy a day of hiking in Mt. San Jacinto State Park which offers 54 miles of hiking trails located within a 14,000 acre pristine wilderness, one of the last in California.

Get soaked.and dive into one of the three pools at the Palm Desert Aquatic Center . Kids will enjoy the splash pool – only a foot deep – with fun features that splash and spray water on the revelers below. Older kids and adults will love the two water slides that twist their way down into the family recreation pool. An Olympic-size pool completes the picture and is great for lap swimming or diving. Or, if you're looking for more adrenaline-pumping thrill rides, Knott’s Soak City in Palm Springs is an all-ages water experience!

To plan your perfect Palm Springs Vacation call us at 800-255-5258 or email: suzanne@authenticcaliforniavacations.com



Golf in Palm Springs

Palm Springs, part of the Coachella Valley has more golf courses than any other region in California and is the most popular golf vacation destination in California. With 110 + golf courses, 350 days a year of sunshine, and an abundance of natural beauty, this is truly a golf paradise. La Quinta Resort and Club, home of PGA West and five of the finest golf courses in Southern California designed by legends Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman.
To plan your perfect Palm Springs Golf Vacation call us at 800-255-5258 or email: suzanne@authenticcaliforniavacations.com

The Living Desert... Where the Wild Things Live

Visit The Living Desert and experience its mission to preserve a portion of the Colorado Desert in its natural state. A zoo and botanical garden spread over 250 acres! Giraffes, mountain lions, wolves and cheetahs are just a few of the incredible animals that take you from Africa to North America.

We recommend starting your day bright and early as the coolness of the early morning brings out the best of the animals. Warthogs and javelinas rout and romp in the morning hours, contentedly grunting during nap time in the midday sun.

As the day warms up, enjoy viewing the birds of prey, watch the tortoises and lizards come out of their hiding places. And as the sun begins to set, view the magnificent cheetahs as they climb their way to the top of the ridge to watch the sun set!

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Whooooosh - Palm Springs Windmill Tour

Ever wonder about those towering giant windmills you see as you arrive into Palm Springs? They are hard to miss and wonder no more! Travel through through the forest of these stupendous windmills. Feel the energy as the giant blades "WHOOOOSH" overhead.

Your guide will take you inside this working farm where giant machines harness the endless power of the winds. Learn the efficient energy source that the Department of Energy anticipates may supply as much as 20% of US electricity by the year 2030, and why this Desert area location was chosen for a high concentration of active windmills.

This isn't Holland but it's fascinating to think of the engineering of windmills! Wonder which area has more windmills?
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Explore the San Andreas Fault

Hold on tight and prepare to experience the extraordinary scenery which abounds as your vehicle winds its way through the labyrinth of geological cuts and canyons of the San Andreas Fault Zone. Your naturalist guide will entertain and educate you with stories about the plants, animals, geology, and history of this California desert.

On this exciting 4WD adventure to explore the private Metate Ranch preserve on the San Andreas Fault you will experience the twisted and tortured landscape of an active earthquake fault system as your guide describes the geology of the area.

Walk between the steep walls of deep canyons created by the powerful forces of plate tectonics, water, wind, and time and explore a natural palm oasis where crystal clear water bubbles up from the underground aquifer. Also, learn about the culture and lifestyle of the Cahuilla Indians and how they used the desert’s plants for food, medicine, tools, weapons, shelter, and more. You will also discover the fascinating history of the Coachella Valley.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Rising 8500 feet above the desert floor, the Palm Springs Tramway offers access to hiking and camping trips in this famous San Jacinto state park wilderness. The floor of the 18-foot-diameter (5.5 m) aerial tram-cars rotates constantly, making two complete revolutions throughout the duration of the journey so that the passengers can see in all directions without moving.
The twelve-and-a-half minute ride begins at the Valley Station at 2,643 ft (806 m) and passes up North America's sheerest mountain face through five life zones (biomes) on its way to the Mountain Station at 8,516 ft (2,596 m) above mean sea level. Travelers start in the Sonoran Desert and arrive at an alpine forest.

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Architectural Delights

Palm Springs , often referred to as the "Mecca of Modernism," lures architectural aficionados from all over the world. We'll show you the jewels of the desert including designs by Walter White, William Cody,and George and Robert Alexander, the father and son team who introduced housing concepts to the desert in the 1950's and 60's.

Additionally, we'll visit the homes of Frank Sinatra featuring eight buildings on the property, Marilyn Monroe's classic Hollywood style 50's bungalow and Liberace's home dubbed, The Cloisters which was once a boutique hotel. For all you Elvis fans don't miss "The King's" honeymoon hideaway where he carried Priscilla over the threshold!

Come Fly with Me

Fly on over to the home of one of the world’s largest collection of WWII flying aircraft at the Palm Springs Air Museum. The museum acts as a very unique time capsule from the past. climb inside and explore an operational Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Additionally, there is an ever-changing display of 29 planes from one of the world\'s largest collections of operable WWII air crafts.

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