The Obamas skipped out to Palm Springs, CA, following the inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20. Warm weather, clear skies and serenity made Palm Springs an ideal place to unwind after eight years as leader of the free world. You may not have the weight of Western Democracy on your shoulders, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t use some rest and relaxation under the desert sun. Here are 5 things to do on your trip to Palm Springs (Barack and Michelle sightings not included).
1. Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs may be a small town, but their art museum rivals those of major cities. You’ll get to see works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Ansel Adams. The reason? In addition to an active donor program, wealthy patrons in Palm Springs also use the museum to store their art work, where it can be climate controlled and securely monitored while they’re out of town.
Spot wildlife from Africa, the Americas and the Australian Outback in this 1200 acre property. The park boasts 450 animals, including cheetahs, camels and giraffes. The zoo also hosts family-friendly activities such as live shows, feedings, and activities that promote conservation.
Admire the breathtaking views of Palm Desert from 5,783 feet in the air. Once your reach the mountain peak, you can go hiking or cross-country skiing (yes, there’s snow in the winter), enjoy cocktails in the lounge or a meal in the restaurant, and of course, snap photos from the observation deck. The tramway rotates 360 degrees as it ascends, which sounds scary, but rest assured: it’s slow enough where you’ll be able to snap your scenic photos and barely feel a thing.
Take in the Salton Sea, Mount San Jacinto, the All-American Canal and Coachella Valley during your 4 hour guided bike tour through the San Andreas Fault zone. You’ll see the best of Palm Desert during this 20 mile, easy-to-moderate bike ride. Bike, helmet, water and snacks are all provided.
Not feeling a two-wheeler? Hop into a 4×4 and see where the earthquakes come from during this family friendly jeep tour of the San Andreas Fault. The desert landscape and canyon walls, along with abundant plant and wildlife will stun you with their beauty.