The desert oasis of Palm Springs lies at the western edge of the Coachella Valley in California, just under two hours from Los Angeles.

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is dedicated to displaying species from arid environments, the zoo is home to hardy creatures from all over the globe. Watch as the native Desert Bighorn Sheep effortlessly traverse rocky mountain slopes.

Visit Sunnylands Centre and Gardens, where national and global issues are peacefully discussed by world leaders at the onsite conference center.

Delve deeper into the history of Palm Springs, by visiting Indian Canyons. Admire the thriving fan palms, whose fruit once provided rich sustenance for the area’s earliest inhabitants, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. The clan also wove the leaves into huts, baskets and sandals.

Make your way to Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium, which is home to over 3,000 species of prickly, spiky and furry desert plants.

Take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway up into the misty wilderness of Mt San Jacinto Peak. From here, travelers have access to 50 miles of scenic hiking tracks.

Wander the exhibits at the Palm Springs Art Museum and discover the creativity that this spring-fed city continues to inspire.

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