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Top 7 Things to Do in Palm Springs

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If you're looking for the best things to do in Palm Springs, these are our choices.

Palm Springs Tram (Aerial Tramway)

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One of the most popular things to do in Palm Springs ever since it opened, the tram provides a natural "high," speeding visitors to the top of Mount San Jacinto in just a few minutes.

Once you're up there, you can go hiking, have a meal and spend most of the day. It's a great escape from summer heat, but may be snow-covered in winter, even when it's hot enough to put down the convertible top in downtown.

It's Your Fault: Go See It

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If you take the San Andreas Fault Adventure tour with Desert Adventures, you can do something very few people have: stand right in the middle of the San Andreas Fault.

You'll also visit a real desert oasis (created by the fault) and get a chance to find out all kind of fun things about Mother Nature's escapades in the Colorado Desert.

Nothing

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The Palm Springs tourism bureau says that "nothing" is the thing most often cited by visitors as one of the top items on their list of things to do in Palm Springs.

In truth, it probably means "very little" and might include sunbathing, hanging out with friends or a round of golf. We think it's a great idea in concept, and many of the local resorts are set up to encourage you to do as little as possible. In fact, visitors at Two Bunch Palms resort in Desert Hot Springs often wear their bathrobes all day long, even to dinner in the restaurant.

Palm Springs Windmill Tours

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You can't miss the "windmills" - giant wind-powered, electricity-generating turbines - that line I-10 on the way into Palm Springs.

This interesting and informative tour will help you discover what they're all about, how they work and why they're there. It's fun for the technically inclined, but equally interesting if you don't know a watt from volt.

Casinos

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You'll find a number of Indian-owned casinos in the Palm Spring area, including one that's right in the middle of town.

Palm Canyon Drive

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The "main drag" is a good place for a stroll, a little shopping or a bite to eat.

Palm Springs Follies

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This vaudeville revue and stage show features an admirable and enthusiastic bunch of performers who are all more than 50 years old, although you'd never know it by looking at them.

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