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Palm Springs Sightseeing, Shopping, Food

Shopping

Desert Hills Factory Outlet Mall
Prada, Miu Miu, Armani, Gucci and more.  Don't forget to check out prices online before you go so that you know whether you're getting a good deal.

Trina Turk 891 N. Palm Canyon Drive
This famous designer has opened one of two boutiques (the other is in LA) on North Palm Canyon Drive.  This beautiful store has more of the Trina Turk collection than you're likely to find elsewhere, though it's focused mostly on warm weather apparel.  The store also showcases Trina Turk's hard to find accessory collection and a number of great accessories by other designers that work well with the clothing line.

Studio one 11 2675 N Palm Canyon Drive
Featuring fine mid-century modern furnishings and accessories, this is a great place to browse or shop.  Drive along Palm Canyon Drive to find a variety of other shops featuring mid century modern originals and reproductions of varying quality.

Sublime 402 N Palm Canyon Drive
This bookstore has a great selection of offbeat choices and books about modern architecture and modern design.  It's also a great place to pick up a map of modern architecture in Palm Springs.

Restaurants

Citron 415 S. Belardo Rd
Serving California French Modern food, this small but lively restaurant has a delicious menu.  You won't be suprised to see salads and lighter fare featured on the menu (the Charred Raddicchio & Spinach Salad is delicious) but dishes like Rack of Venison and Steak Frites are equally delicious and perfectly prepared.

Normas at the Parker Meridian 4200 E Palm Canyon Drive 760.770.5000
I admit to being skeptical about Norma's, I'm rarely a fan of hotel food, it's new, and because the hotel was fairly empty, so was the restaurant.  Additionally, I'm always skeptical about places that say "we're just as good as our NY branch"  After walking by for a few days & seeing the dishes on people's tables, I decided to give Norma's a try... I'm lucky I did!  I ate one of the best breakfasts I've ever had (and ended up there a second time the next day).  With dishes like "Seared Rock Lobster and Asparagus Omelet" and "Light and Lemony Griddle Cakes" everyone will be happy at the end of the meal

Sherman's Deli and Bakery 401 Tahiquitz Canyon (760) 325-1199
Recommended for breakfast or lunch.  This old standard has your favorites, including delicious baked goods, hot pastrami sandwiches, stuffed cabbage, and matzo ball soup and blintzes

My Favorite Tourist Activities

50's Architecture
The Palm Springs Modern Committee (PSMODCOM) has created a great map of modern architecture in Palm Springs.  Pick up a copy at a local bookstore & take a drive!

Sky Tram (760) 325-1449
This is not a sedate ski lift ride to the top of a hill. Rising over two and one half miles to Mt. St. Jacinto State Park, each of the sky tram's two 80 passenger cars revolve slowly, giving you 360 degree views as you travel up the side of the mountain.  The ride can literally be breathtaking as the tram dips a little while transitioning between towers and the elevation gain is quite large.  Expect to be a little lightheaded when you step off!  Once you're up top, the views are beautiful and there are 54 miles of hiking trails and campgrounds to enjoy.

Palm Springs Desert Museum
Over the years, a number of Palm Springs residents with high quality art collections have made donations to this museum, leaving it with an impressive collection.  The collection also includes more modern and living artists than are usually featured in bigger museums.

Joshua Tree
Nearby Joshua Tree is an amazing day trip from Palm Springs.  It's difficult to believe that this landscape exists on earth.  Even if you're not a hardcore hiker or rock climber, be sure to spend some time hiking around and looking at the landscape close up - there's a lot more life there than meets the eye from the roadside.

Questions and Answers

Where is the Living desert Zoo?

anonymous
The address is: 47-900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert, CA 92260. Their phone number is 760-346-5694
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