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A DESERT DESTINATION RICH IN EXPERIENCES

The area near the hotel is filled with opportunities for exploration. The 8,516-ft. climb above sea level in the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is rewarded with valley views and beautiful hiking trails. Vegas-style gaming is the main draw at Agua Caliente Casino. The two courses at Desert Willow Golf Resort balance challenging and relaxing play. And the city’s history of Hollywood glamour and architecture is told through engaging walking tours. 

SUNNYLANDS CENTER AND GARDENS

Open late September through early June – Just a short drive from the hotel.  It is the former home of ambassadors, entrepreneurs and philanthropists Walter and Leonore Annenberg.   Both of the Annenbergs were devoted to making our world a better place.  It has hosted presidents, world leaders and kings of industry. 

Contact: (760) 202-2222 | Distance: 3.3 miles / 7 minutes | Website

PALM SPRINGS ART MUSEUM

A truly world-class museum and well worth a visit offering rotating exhibits.  The Architecture & Design Center (closed Wednesday) specializes in mid-century modern architecture and design.  Admission to the Architecture & Design Center is free of charge.

Contact: (760) 322-4800 | Distance: 8.8 miles / 19 minutes | Website

PALM SPRINGS AIR MUSEUM

One man’s collection of vintage World War II, Korean Conflict and Vietnam era aircraft.  Tour a B-16 bomber.  Veteran docents offer their insights into their service and important battles.

Contact: (760) 778-6262 | Distance: 7 miles / 12 minutes | Website

McCALLUM THEATRE

Named for a pioneering desert family, this is Palm Desert’s state-of-the-art performing arts center.  The McCallum offers Broadway-style plays, concerts and live events in a small, intimate environment.

Contact: (760) 340-2787 | Distance: 5.7 miles / 10 minutes | Website

PALM SPRINGS HISTORICAL WALKING TOURS

The Palm Springs Historical Society offers seasonal walking tours of the many neighborhoods that make the “village” of Palm Springs come alive. Celebrity history and architecturally significant building become the “stars” of these tours. During the hot summer months private tours are offered by appointment. Regular weekly walking tour season will resume again in October.

Contact: (760) 323-8297 | Distance:  9.4 miles / 23 minutes | Website

BMW PERFORMANCE CENTER

The BMW Performance Center in the nearby city of Thermal lets you experience the thrill of pushing your driving limits to the max. With the guidance of professionals, participants can learn how to harness the power of some of the most dynamic cars from the BMW collection.

Contact: 1-888-345-4269 | Distance: 32 miles / 40 minutes | Website

PALM SPRINGS AERIAL TRAMWAY

Experience the incredible journey from the desert floor to an elevation 8,516 feet above sea level. Ride the world’s largest rotating tram car and marvel at the valley below as you enter Mt. San Jacinto State Park. Here you can hike along miles of trails and enjoy this mountainous terrain all while never leaving the desert. The Tramway will be closed for annual maintenance from September 10th through September 30th, 2018. Tentative re-open is Monday October 1st.

Contact: (760) 325-1449 | Distance: 15 miles / 30 minutes | Website

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

For those seeking hiking trails, rock-climbing, camping or simply gorgeous desert terrain, Joshua Tree National Park is certainly a destination to experience while visiting the Palm Springs Valley. A short drive from Rancho Mirage, this world-famous National Park is an unforgettable California treasure.

Contact: (760) 367-5500 | Distance: 42 miles / 42 minutes | Website

THE LIVING DESERT ZOO AND GARDENS

Less than 20 minutes from Rancho Mirage, The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens welcomes children and adults alike. With a focus on conservation and education, this spectacular local experience is a great way to explore, learn and acquire an extraordinary appreciation for desert plant and animal life.

Contact: (760) 346-5694 | Distance: 8.6 miles / 16 minutes | Website

JW MARRIOTT DESERT SPRINGS RESORT & SPA GOLF CLUB

Designed by legendary course architect Ted Robinson, our two 18-hole championship golf courses, The Palm and The Valley Course, feature creative, challenging holes and a remarkably picturesque setting in Palm Desert.

Contact: (760) 341-2211 | Distance: 6.9 miles / 13 minutes | Website

DESERT WILLOW GOLF RESORT

Offering two of the valley's most playable courses. Test your skills against the natural hazards and water features of the challenging Firecliff Course or play a smoother, more relaxing round on the magnificent Mountain View Course.

Contact: (760) 346-0015 | Distance: 7.6 miles / 14 minutes | Website

AGUA CALIENTE CASINO

True Las Vegas style gaming located just minutes away from The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage.  Test you luck at their table games or multi-denomination slot machines or enjoy multiple lounges offering entertainment and dancing.

Contact: (888) 999-1995 | Distance: 6 miles / 11 minutes | Website