Experience Our Wide Variety of Palm Springs Attractions and Tours
If you can pull yourself out of our pristine hotel pool, take a couple minutes to allow us to assist you in filling out your “to do” list with some sights and sounds that make Palm Springs a remarkable and memorable destination. You’ll find it both helpful and fun.
DINING IN PALM SPRINGS
Fabulous restaurants and street cafes are the highlight of many visitors to Palm Springs. We take pride in offering recommendations to our guests to meet the selection of their choice, from arranging their reservations to driving them in style in our guest limousine. Visit our Dining in Palm Springs Page for a highlight on many of our favorites.
For advance reservations to your visit with us contact our front desk. For more dining information, click here.
Arts and Entertainment
PALM SPRINGS VILLAGE FEST
Dry off on Thursday evenings* and make your way to Downtown for Village Fest. Much of South Palm Canyon becomes a “pedestrian only” thoroughfare filled with live performances, art and food. And here’s a tip… the Palm Springs Art Museum is one block away and the admission is free.
• Except Thanksgiving
THE FABULOUS PALM SPRINGS FOLLIES
Their season opens October 2011 and goes through May in the downtown historic Plaza Theatre. It’s the music and dance of the 30’s and 40’s… with a very agile cast old enough to have lived it! It is high-stepping fun at its best. You’ll love it no matter how young you are.
PALM SPRINGS WALK OF STARS
You can find out which Hollywood celebrities lived and played in Palm Springs by searching for their “stars” embedded in the sidewalk of Palm Canyon Drive. Discover the stars of Bob Hope, Ginger Rogers, Liberace, Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor, Harpo Marx, Connie Stevens, Michael Dante, Kaye Ballard, Marilyn Monroe, Mickey Rooney, Dinah Shore, Howard Keele, Sonny Bono, Leslie Nielsen, Sandler and Young , Merv Griffin, Keely Smith, Jerry Vale, Elvis Presley, President Gerald Ford, Buddy Hackett and many, many more. Actor, Dane Andrew also known for owning Rascal, “The World’s Ugliest Dog” received the 284th star on 5-5-07 at 200 S. Palm Canyon Drive.
SHOPPING IN PALM SPRINGS CA
Very few places in America can seriously point to their shopping options as attractions. We do. Only one mile away, our downtown Palm Springs awaits with its small shops, personal service and eclectic mix of goodies. A few miles east lies the internationally famous Rodeo Drive of the Desert…. El Paseo in Palm Desert. And travelling west from our hotel will take you to the Cabazon Outlet Shopping Center. Over one hundred of America’s top name-brand retailers are here. And don’t miss the two huge dinosaurs… they’re worth a snapshot or two.
GOLF AND TENNIS IN PALM SPRINGS
Palm Springs and the entire Coachella Valley is home to some of this country’s most beautiful and most challenging courses. For over half a century the valley has been host to hundreds of top PGA and celebrity golf events. We can arrange tee times at nearly 100 courses that will match your level of play as well as your budget.
PALM SPRINGS AERIAL TRAM
Conde Nast has called the Palm Springs Aerial Tram “one of the top ten scenic views in America”. We couldn’t agree more. In 15 minutes you will travel from the desert floor to the top of one of the most beautiful mountains around… San Jacinto. 360 degree breathtaking views from the world’s largest rotating tram. Numerous hiking trails. And if you go in winter…. snow awaits you.
HIKING AND ROCK CLIMBING IN PALM SPRINGS
There are many mountain and canyon hiking trails to explore in and around Palm Springs. Joshua Tree National Park is a serene sanctuary and about an hour drive from the hotel. It is pristine and a favorite of hikers, rock climbers and photographers alike. It offers something for anyone who wishes to experience the desert as it was thousands of years ago. Near the hotel also is Tahquitz Canyon and Indian Canyon. Take a ranger tour… you will be amazed at what you see and learn.
PALM SPRINGS THE LIVING DESERT
Cats, wolves and giraffes… oh my. Plus botanical gardens, an African village and petting zoo. It’s all at The Living Desert. Stroll, hike and dine within 1,200 acres of scenic trails and educational exhibits.
MOORTEN BOTANICAL GARDEN
Over 60 years ago the Moorten family began gathering, growing and displaying what today is one of the world’s most diverse collection of desert plants. Walk through the “World’s First Cactarium”, see specimen cacti that defy imagination and speak with one of this area’s most knowledgeable experts on the desert and its amazing vegetation. And the best part? You can ride one of our cruiser bikes over there. Its 3 blocks away.
RELAXATION AND SPAS IN PALM SPRINGS
If massage, relaxation, soaking in natural mineral water hot springs is your desire, Palm Springs and surroundings offer a wide variety of Day Spas to fill every whim. We are proud to have on staff at the Desert Riviera Hotel truly fine In-Room Spa services for our guests that wish to enhance their stay with a selection from our carefully chosen offerings. Our therapists are well trained, licensed and insured. They will treat you with the same attention that we do as your hosts.
AQUA CALIENTE SPA AND CASINO IN PALM SPRINGS
Just minutes from your door is one of the most modern and fun gaming facilities around. Built next to the historic spa, it is a terrific place to play and relax. Great daily and Champagne Sunday Buffets.
ELITE LAND TOURS
Palm Springs tours to magnificent unspoiled, remote locations. Experience a sense of adventure and discovery with an unexpected twist – luxury! We’ll take you to breathtaking locations in air-conditioned comfort in the world’s best-in-class all-terrain HUMMER H2 with knowledgeable, expert guides.
PALM SPRINGS ARCHITECTURAL TOUR
One of our greatest treasures is the fact that Palm Springs is the un-disputed Mecca for ground-breaking mid-century architecture. The second most important residence in America… right behind Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Waters… is just two miles away from the hotel…the 1947 Kauffman Residence designed by architect Richard Neutra. This masterpiece sits atop a list of literally hundreds of architecturally important homes, hotels and businesses.
PALM SPRINGS CELEBRITY TOUR
And really… what would Palm Springs be without its history of our famous visitors from the movie and entertainment business. Pictured to the right is Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s honeymoon house. They came for some of the very same reasons you will. Sunshine. Golf. Food. Fun. See where they lived and still live.
PALM SPRINGS WINDMILL TOUR
Over 4000 of these modern technological giants harness the wind to provide electricity. See up-close the future of wind power and its benefits. Visit the website of Elite Land Tours for a wonderful opportunity to tour the beautiful windmills.
PALM SPRINGS OFF-ROAD TOURS
Discover the desert’s beauty from ground level. Cactus in bloom. Wildlife like no other. Geological formations hundreds of thousands of years old. Native American history. It is a piece of the valley that is truly unforgettable. The good folks at Elite Land Tours and Big Wheel Tours are both great guides and knowledgeable adventurers.
PALM SPRINGS ART MUSEUM
Conceived and constructed in the 1970’s, the Palm Springs Art Museum is a modern museum with on-going special exhibition of western art and culture. It is also home to one of the more important art glass exhibitions.
PALM SPRINGS AIR MUSEUM
Just a short drive from the hotel is one of the largest collections of World War ll aircraft. The many indoor and outdoor exhibitions and photography galleries come alive via the personal experiences and tales of its docents.
THE AQUA CALIENTE CULTURAL MUSEUM
Every visitor comes away with a greater understanding and respect for our valley’s original settlers. The harshness of the land and the beauty of their life and art is vividly on display.