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    The Village Green Heritage Center

    by Yaqui Written May 9, 2009

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    This little gem of history is tucked right down in the middle of town. It has the McCallum Adobe and the Cornelia White House with memorabilia of Palm Springs pioneers and Ruddy's 1930's General Store Museum and the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum. What also is wonderful is many historical markers , bronze sculpture, and a beautiful fountain of native pottery that are the center piece. Just so lovely.

    Hours:
    Wednesday and Sunday: Noon to 3pm
    Thursday through Saturday: 10am to 4pm
    Open mid October through May

    Admission:
    General: $2
    Children: Free with Adult
    Members: Free

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    Hiking Mount San Jacinto State Park #2

    by Yaqui Updated May 15, 2011

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    PERMIT REQUIRED (FREE)
    Wilderness Trails: A number of excellent opportunities for more challenging day hikes or camping are beyond Long Valley. Please check in at the Ranger Station for a Wilderness Permit, and to inquire about current conditions. SO SIGN IN PLEASE, this is so they know when and who for YOUR safety.
    760-325-1449

    Recorded information: 760-325-1391

    Aerial Tramway

    9:45 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m weekends and holidays. Cars depart at least every half hour. Last car.

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    THE FABULOUS PALM SPRINGS FOLLIES

    by Yaqui Written May 9, 2009

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    I overheard many locals that highly recommend when you come to Palms Springs looking for some wonderful entertainment that the follies’ is a wonderful source of entertainment. It is located in the historic Plaza Theatre. It originally opened December 12, 1936, for the world premiere of the now-classic motion picture Camille. It entertained for many years until it went into decline due to other sources of entertainment and it closed in 1987, but not before suffering the like many other theatres in having a wall built down the center and becoming a twin auditorium as to show more movies. But 1991 one of Palms Springs city father retired television producer Riff Markowitz came up with a wonderful idea to keep this wonderful establishment alive. Thus, the follies were born.

    Tickets may be purchased by calling the Box Office at 760 327-0225 or online.

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    PALM SPRINGS VILLAGE FEST

    by Yaqui Written May 9, 2009

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    A coworker told me about this, but unfortunately we were leaving Thursday and would miss this. Yet, the next time we come we are surely going to check this out, but wanted to share this event with you. Every Thursday evening, Downtown Palm Springs streets are closed off so people can roam safely. They transform the street into a festival with all kinds of artists, artisans, entertainers, and vendors that offer fresh fruits and veggies, flowers, jewelry, snacks and sweets. Plus you still have all the wonderful the great shops, restaurants, clubs, and entertainment venues located all along Palm Canyon Drive - and Village Fest is dog friendly too!

    October - May 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM June - September 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

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    See President Abraham Lincoln on the mountain

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Their is a look nook of a shoping area off the main street, there are lots of these little mall areas. This one is called Henry Frank Arcade.

    You will see this wooded sign that says FREE Historic Sight Sign, so follow it and it will take you towards the front of Siddhi Tree Jewelry. Here you will see another wooded sign and this pipe, which if you view it through it at a certain time you are suppose to see a shadow that looks like President Abraham Lincoln on the mountain. Not sure if it is true, but it looks like fun if your in this area during sundown.

    Best time to view is at sundown.

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    Palms Springs Official Visitor Center

    by Yaqui Updated May 9, 2009

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    This was the former Tramay gas station and now makes a wonderful visitor center. It is at the base of the Chino Canyon where the Tram is located. The staff was friendly and helpful. The center has loads of information regarding Palm Springs accommodations, dining, shopping, museums, attractions and events. Lets not forget they have a really neat gift shops with publications, souvenirs and cool Palm Springs-logo apparel for sale. Contact them via email at: visitors@palm-springs.org.

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    The Man Who Dressed Marilyn Monroe

    by Yaqui Written May 9, 2009

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    Located downtown, is a museum with the exhibition of William Travilla, the man whose dresses were created especially for Marilyn Monroe and many other Hollywood elite. The Its called, “Travilla: The Man Who Dressed Marilyn Monroe,” and it will benefit the local Alzheimer’s Association, and will be on display at 125 N. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs.

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    Palm Springs Walk of Stars

    by Yaqui Written May 9, 2009

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    There are 320 stars and the criteria to have a star placed is to be in show business who have distinguished themselves as actors, producers, directors, playwrights, cinematographers, musicians, either on Stage, Radio, Film, and/or Television, as well as persons who have otherwise become prominent in the field of Entertainment, and have greatly contributed to the worldwide prominence of Palm Springs.

    So when you stroll down Palm Canyon, make sure to look down and all around, because you never know what you may find.

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    Indian Canyons: In the footsteps of the Cahuilla

    by Martinewezel Updated Apr 17, 2008

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    This excursion was one of the highlights of our trip!

    At the entrance gate we received a trail guide with a trail map and a lot of hiking suggestions. Also warnings such as " Know your limitations", "carry as much water as you can" and "Beware of rattlesnakes". Enough to scare off a couple of European tourists who didn't feel the heat of the sun since more than a year (way of speaking).

    So, contrary to what we are used to, we decided to do what most tourists in this area do: walk a mile or so along the river in the oasis.

    What a surprise! Such a beautiful place! Waterfalls, giant rocks, palms, sun, shade, flowers...
    Paradise on earth!

    Starting at the Trading Post, we walked to the West Fork Falls and hiked a small part of the Murray Canyon Trail without seeing any snakes.
    BUT, we were lucky to see another typical inhabitant of the area: a Granite Spiney Lizard, at least 8 inches tall (see 4th photo).

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    Palm Canyon (Indian Canyons)

    by JanPeter74 Written Apr 19, 2004

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    Indian Canyons is a group of oasis located just outside the town of Palm Springs at the end of the South Palm Canyon Drive.

    The most important is Palm Canyon, which is a very nice oasis in the middle of the rocky desert. Another one which is equally beautiful is Andreas Canyon, only a 10 minute drive from Palm Canyon.

    Filled with palm trees, both places are a great opportunity to hike a bit along streams and in the shadow of the trees. It really is a strange experience to find water and groups of palm trees in the dead surrounding landscape.

    Definitely worth a visit, when in the neighbourhood. Take 2-3 hours to visit them both. And again, bring lots of water.

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    Cornelia White House

    by Basaic Written Feb 20, 2013

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    The Cornelia White House was built of railroad ties in 1893 and is part of the Palm Springs Historical Society. Displays include Miss Cornelia's bible collection and the first telephone in Palm Springs. It too is located in the Village Green Heritage Center.

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    THE SAN ANDREAS EARTHQUAKE FAULT JEEP TOUR

    by RyanSings Updated Aug 5, 2005

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    100% off-road four-wheel drive Jeep Tour in the Desert. We drove Into the magnificent San Andreas Earthquake Fault and was a great way to experience the rugged beauty and the exquisite solitude of the California Desert Badlands.
    The geologic wonder was formed by the earths massive Pacific Plate movement. Your naturalist Guide will tell you all about the Fault, the desert plants, the unusual desert animals and how the Indians survived here for over 3000 years. In addition, We visited a beautiful natural Palm Oasis with hundreds of Palm Trees, bubbling springs of water and over two hundred species of plants and animals. What a great time we had and well worth the the price. On a scale from 1 to 10 This Family gives FIVE STAR ADVENTURES a 10.

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    Indian Canyons (Palm Canyon)

    by Robachu1 Updated Oct 26, 2006

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    Indian Canyon offers its visitors a truly unique opportunity to visit the desert but also view enormous palm trees thriving there. There are many hiking trails throughout the canyon area but the heat can be oppressive so be sure you have enough water.

    Adults.....................$8.00Seniors (62+)...........$6.00
    Children (6-12)..........$4.00
    Equestrians..............$10.00
    Students & Military....$6.00

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    Do the Walk of Stars along Palm Canyon

    by marinarena Written Apr 2, 2008

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    Just as Hollywood has its Walk of Fame, so does Palm Springs. See sidewalk tributes of town favorites such as Sonny Bono, Elvis, Bob Hope and Phyllis Diller (last three pictured). Surely, this is a very trite thing to do but you know that you're a sucker for cheesy stuff sometimes!!!

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    Palm Springs Villagefest

    by jumpingwithnorman Updated Jul 13, 2009

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    This is one of the best street festivals around with music, local handicrafts, toys, soaps, etc. And lest I forget, there's food galore: from gyros to fresh kettle corn, refreshing lemonade to fajitas to everything you could possibly want. A lot of the shops on Palm Canyon Drive are also open for business. EVERY THURSDAY ONLY From October to May, the festival is open from 6pm to 10pm and from June to September, it's open from 7pm to 10pm. Leashed dogs are welcome to come to this festival too. Challenge is in finding street parking but since the festival is open late, you're sure to find one.

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