17 Things to Do in Palm Springs
Palm Springs is a huge destination for people in California and around the United States with lots of good food, adventures, and activities to explore. I have been going to the city for years, so I figured I would make this video to show you some of my favorite things to do in Palm Springs. Let me know what I left off in the comments that you love doing.
Items in this list:
1. Palm Springs Tram
2. Palm Springs Air Museum
3. Moorten Botanical Garden
4. Downtown Palm Springs / Walk of Fame
5. Ruddy's General Store
6. Palm Springs Art Museum
7. Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway
8. Sit by the Pool
9. Tahquitz Canyon Waterfall
12. Joshua Tree National Park
14. Elmer's Restaurant
15. Starbucks Reserve
16. Bill's Pizza
17. Great Shakes / Lappert's Dole Whip
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California. Interesting Facts about California
California is one of the most desired places to live for many. Lets take a look at what it has to offer. #california
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Road Trip 2017 (Part One)
My 2017 spring vacation to the desert southwest. See details in the contents list below.
0:00:13 My flight from Indianapolis, Indiana to Phoenix, Arizona
0:25:08 Gila Bend, Arizona
0:32:12 I drive from Gila Bend, Arizona to Ajo, Arizona
0:42:03 Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
1:09:07 Ajo, Arizona
1:18:18 I drive from Ajo, Arizona to Yuma, Arizona
1:25:29 Yuma, Arizona
1:29:45 I drive from Yuma, Arizona to Joshua Tree in California
1:41:51 Joshua Tree National Park
2:04:36 Yucca Valley, California
2:06:37 I drive from Yucca Valley, California to Palm Springs, California
2:11:20 Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
2:27:58 Palm Canyon Drive (Palm Springs)
2:36:41 Banning, California
2:38:24 I drive from Banning, California to Big Bear, California
3:06:01 I drive from Big Bear, California to Death Valley
3:35:04 Death Valley National Park
4:47:58 I drive from Death Valley to North Las Vegas, Nevada
4:53:10 Red Rock Canyon
5:07:49 Las Vegas Boulevard
5:21:16 Valley of Fire State Park
6:13:38 Lake Mead National Recreation Area
6:19:52 Las Vegas Boulevard at night
6:47:22 I drive Las Vegas, Nevada to Boulder, City Nevada
6:54:41 Hoover Dam
6:58:43 Lake Mead Overlook
6:59:45 I drive Hoover Dam to Kingman, Arizona
7:11:43 Kingman, Arizona
7:31:05 I drive Kingman, Arizona to Jerome, Arizona
7:43:07 Jerome, Arizona
8:02:33 Sedona, Arizona
You can find part two of the video @
April 8, 2017 Road Report
Recorded April 8, 2017
Dashcam video from day #4 of my Desert Southwest vacation. Today I travel a total of 135 miles driving from Yucca Valley, California to Big Bear Lake, California via Palm Springs. Be sure to watch my video of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway @ which is NOT included in this video. This video includes...
00:15 Leaving Yucca, Valley, California on Highway 62
04:32 Palm Springs Aerial Tramway (
08:14 I drive down Palm Springs' Palm Canyon Drive
13:13 Palm Springs' Indian Canyon Drive
14:49 Merge onto Interstate 10 leaving Palm Springs
17:07 Lunch in Banning, California
18:58 San Bernardino Mountains
44:01 Best Western Big Bear Chateau
California Coastal Highway (West Coast Trip 1989 Part 10)
Our 1989 trip to the West Coast. This is the portion of the California Coastal Highway south of San Francisco. The original photos were 35mm slides which I digitized and edited. The music is Ventura Highway by America.
Should I Move to Utah?
Is it a good idea to move to Utah if you are not a Mormon? What is Utah like for Non-Mormons? Where is the best place to move in Utah?
What about Provo, Ogden or Salt Lake City? Which is the best county: Davis, Weber, Salt Lake or Utah counties?
Should I move to Utah?
Why? You didn't become Mormon, did you?
No, I didn't. It is a growing state, and so many companies are relocating there that I want to know if I should move to Utah.
If you won't want to be immersed in Mormonism, live in Salt Lake City or Park City. Don't live in Utah County or Davis County.
Isn't Salt Lake City their spiritual center?
While Salt Lake City is the heart and soul of the Mormon church, it is also home to the largest percentage of non-Mormons in the state because of all the big employers.
I've heard that Mormons are dry, dull, boring and have no recreational opportunities.
The Tabernacle Choir is amazing. The Ballet West is one of the best ballets in the western United States.
I'm not big into the arts.
Utah has tons of national parks, five of them, and they aren't looking at banning ammunition or guns or hikers like California and Colorado. They're getting a lot of businesses fleeing California.
Why would businesses move there?
Utah gets high marks as being business friendly. Even Twitter is building a data center in Utah.
Where else could I get a job?
There are nationally recognized employers in Utah, such as a Delta Airlines hub, Qwest Communications, Novell and Wells Fargo. Manufacturers like L3 Communications, Autoliv and ATK Systems are based there.
Who else could I work for?
Many of the largest employers in Utah are educational, like Brigham Young University, Utah State University and the University of Utah. Or work at Hill Air Force Base or the IRS.
What about the weather there?
Winters around Salt Lake City are in the 20s, just below freezing; that's why the Winter Olympics were held there in 2002.
I'm afraid of getting overloaded there.
Mormons try to love bomb you to pressure you to join the church. Of course, it is better than Muslims actually bombing you ... barely.
A Walk Up The Crescent, Avalon, Catalina Island
Avalon is the only incorporated city on Santa Catalina Island of the California Channel Islands, and the southernmost city in Los Angeles County. The population was 3,728 at the 2010 census.
From the late 19th century to the early 20th century, several different developers tried to develop Avalon into a resort destination community, but most went bankrupt. In 1919, William Wrigley, Jr. gained control of Avalon. Wrigley oversaw much of the development of Avalon, including the construction of the landmark Catalina Casino.
The city remains primarily a resort community. Most of the waterfront is dominated by tourism-oriented businesses. The older parts of the town on the valley floor consist primarily of small houses and two and three-story buildings in various traditional architectural styles. Avalon attracts about 1 million visitors a year and is frequently visited by cruise ships.
The City of Avalon is oriented around Avalon Bay, with the harbor and beaches forming the center of the town's activity. The Cabrillo Mole, located at the south end of the harbor, acts both as a breakwater and the main docks for the cross-channel passenger boats. Many of the commercial businesses dedicated to serving visitors are located along the Crescent Street pedestrian mall, which runs just behind the three main beaches of Avalon Bay. The pedestrian walkway is adorned throughout with decorative pavers, fountains, palm trees, and a decorative serpentine seawall. Many of these features were introduced to Avalon during an extensive re-design undertaken by Philip K. Wrigley in 1934. Extending out into the center of the harbor is the green Pleasure Pier. The north end of the harbor is dominated by the Catalina Casino. Built in a style described as a cross between Art Deco and Mediterranean Revival, the Casino serves as Avalon's most distinctive landmark.
Hampton Inn & Suites Banning/Beaumont in Banning CA
Prices: . . .. .. ... . . . . . . . . . Hampton Inn & Suites Banning/Beaumont 6071 Joshua Palmer Way Banning CA 92220 Near I-10, this Banning hotel is 7 miles from the Desert Hills Premium Outlets shopping center. Each room offers a 32-inch flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi. Hampton Inn & Suites Banning/Beaumont serves a continental breakfast. Guests can also enjoy the indoor pool or gym. Services at the Banning Hampton Inn & Suites include coin laundry and a 24-hour front desk with multilingual staff. Downtown Palm Springs, offering golf, hiking and horseback riding, is within a 30-minute drive of the Hampton Inn.
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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway - 1080HD - Hiking and Family Fun - Palm Springs, California
Palm Springs Aerial Tram website:
Took the family up the Palm Springs Aerial tram. Very nive day hiking, you can also rock climb, have fun with the family when it snows, snow shoeing, plus see all the wildlife and a lot of different hiking trails.
Located just outside Palm Springs, California this is a scenic day trip. You can also camp overnight.
Small gift shops and the top and bottom facilities. At the top there is a full restaurant and a small gist shop as well, just really expensive for the food. A vending machine that has soda and water, no food vending machines.
Take a trip up there, it's worth going.
PALM SPRINGS, CA - The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway constructed in the rugged Chino Canyon on the north edge of Palm Springs did not just happen. It required foresight, planning, financing and most of all vision.
As a young electrical engineer, Francis Crocker’s dream began in 1935 while he was on a trip to Banning, California, with newspaper publisher Carl Barkow. Mopping his brow in the heat of the day, Crocker gazed on longingly at the still snow-capped peak of Mount San Jacinto, 10,834 feet high and longed to “go up there where it’s nice and cool” At that moment, “Crocker’s Folly,” as it was soon dubbed by one newspaper woman, was born – a tramway up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon.
Enlisting the aid of desert pioneer and co-manager of the famed Palm Springs Desert Inn, O. Earl Coffman Crocker’s dream became a plan.
Even though the enthusiasm for the tramway idea was high locally, political roadblocks caused numerous disappointing setbacks. Twice a tramway enabling bill passed the California State Legislature, only to be vetoed by then Governor Culvert Olson. With the outbreak of World War II, the plans were shelved.
However, Crocker’s vision of a tramway to scale those cliffs to the coolness of the San Jacinto Mountains never died. Years after the original plans were shelved, they were dusted off and the battle begun anew.
In 1945, a new tram bill was passed and Governor Earl Warren signed the measure creating the Mount San Jacinto Winter Park Authority. Coffman, who had labored long and hard to see the vision realized, was named the Authority’s first chairman and Crocker was named the first secretary.
By 1950, technicians were moving ahead on designs for the tramway, spending more than $250,000 solving riddles of road and tower construction. Funds for the construction of the Tramway were raised by the sale of $8.15 million in private revenue bonds. Culver Nichols, who donated the land for the Valley Station and parking lots, helped stretch the funds raised. Not one cent of public funds were used for either the construction or operation of the tramway. The 35-year bonds were successfully paid off in 1996.
The Korean War was to cause another delay, but the ambitious project began to take form in July 1961.
Construction of the Tramway was an engineering challenge and was soon labeled the “eighth wonder of the world.” The superlative was earned because of the ingenious use of helicopters in erecting four of the five supporting towers. Twenty-years later, the Tramway was designated an historical civil engineering landmark.
The first tower is the only one that can be reached by road. The helicopters flew some 23,000 missions during the 26 months of construction, hauling men and materials needed to erect the four other towers and the 35,000 sq. ft. Mountain Station.
Francis Crocker’s dream was completed in 1963; the inaugural ride occurred on September 12th of that year with local and state dignitaries and celebrities on hand.
Crocker rode the Tramway numerous times and fellow passengers often would receive a narration from him as they rode up to “where it was nice and cool.” Francis Crocker died in 1992.
In 1998 the Tramway announced that it was embarking on an ambitious modernization program that would see the construction and installation in 2000 of new cars and updating of its facilities. Beginning in September 2000, passengers rode the world’s largest rotating tramcars constructed.
Since 1963 nearly 18 million people have traveled the 10-minute, 2.5-mile ride, which begins at the Valley Station – elevation 2,643 feet and ends at the Mountain Station – elevation 8,516 feet.
A Culinary Experience Above the Clouds. The chefs have created a menu featuring a variety of fresh vegetables and greens from the Coachella Valley, dry aged meats and poultry along with fresh breads from local bakeries. Additional selections will include market fresh seafood and pastas. Children's menu available. Reservations are recommended. Call (760) 325-4537.
The Lookout Lounge
A full cocktail bar offering a variety of alcoholic beverages and appetizers and is located on the same level as the restaurants.