Spending time in Palm Springs? Insider Tips: Must Dos

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Who knows Palm Springs better than the men and women who own and operate or manage the city’s boutique hotels?  Here are a few recommendations on must do activities and places to see during your trip.

Kathy Friedle, owner of The Monkey Tree Inn:

“The Moorten Botancial Garden is so cute, and if you’re not from this area and haven’t seen cactus life, go there. You can spend 10 minutes or an hour. If you’re in town for longer than three days, go to Joshua Tree and Salvation Mountain, which is only an hour from here. There’s also so much vintage shopping to do here, and I have my favorite stores I tell guests about.”

Kevin Miller, owner of Orbit In:

“Most of our guests come out here because they really like architecture — they are artists, designers, photographer, and architects who wants to see mid-century stuff. We usually give them a map of mid-century homes so they can drive around and see them, and we always suggest they visit the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Architecture Design Center.”

Felipe Castañeda, owner of Los Arboles:

“At the Palm Springs Air Museum, you can look at the planes, and if you’re lucky, some of the servicemen who flew them hang out at there and when they see you are interested, they approach you and start telling you stories. It’s really a fun place to take kids, and anyone who is interested in flying and the history of planes.”

Francisco Garcia, general manager of the Skylark Hotel:

“I always recommend the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the Whitewater River hike, or riding the Buzz bus downtown.”

Karina Castañeda, assistant manager of Los Arboles:

“Palm Springs has a little bit of everything for everyone. If you’re the outdoorsy type, there are a lot of trails, like the Indian Canyon and Museum Trail. Joshua Tree is less than 40 minutes away, and it’s a nice drive up to explore that area. People who enjoy arts and culture can go to the Palm Springs Art Museum, it’s constantly rotating really cool art, and there’s the Palm Canyon Theater. On Thursday nights, local vendors and artists come out to main drag, and you walk through and see what they have.”

Robert Hunt, general manager of Alcazar:

“Take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and go on one of the hiking trails up there. If you have time to take a day trip, go to Joshua Tree.”