Diamond Resorts Palm Canyon Resort
Diamond Resorts Palm Canyon Resort is located in Palm Springs, California. This area boasts great local art, history, and a connection to Hollywood that most visitors love to find out more about.
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Day One Travel & Arrival at Diamond Resorts Palm Canyon Resort
I flew into the area and this resort is very close to the airport and all things you want to do in Palm Springs. Until my last trip to the area, I did not get all the hype about Palm Springs. But on that trip I learned about its rich historical connections to Hollywood, especially old Hollywood. In the years before air conditioning was available, many escaped to this area to relax in the pools and enjoy golf and other outdoor activities.
My 1 bedroom villa was nicely sized, equipped, and appointed.
- Cable TV
- Coffee Maker
- Ice Maker
Then the resort itself offers all of these options.
- Free WiFi
- Outdoor Pools
- Business Center
Great resort! They have lots of activities for the whole family and lots of drinks and food. The pool has two hot tubs and two fun slides! There are also a ton of places to just lay out and relax by the pool. This place is not on the main palm springs street, but it’s close enough. The rooms were clean and lots of towels were available
Basketball, a perfect pool size, a water slide that will crack your back but your kids can slide down it another 100 times with 2 lifeguards watching…win, win! Bring your own drinks and they also have a bar with great food there too. I would come back with or without kids. Chill, clean rooms, and great people set in a beautiful canyon. I will be back for sure.
Stayed for just the weekend, however this place is so nice! Our room with the balcony view of the mountains was beautiful. The pool area was awesome! We will definitely be going back.
This is an amazing resort, with the pool being the focus. We had a great time!! Make sure you to get drinks from Carlos the bartender by the pool. Such a cool guy and made the best drinks (sorry everyone else lol)
I’ve been here several times. The location gives beautiful mountain views, proximity to DTPS, without being in the thick of it. Pool is large with a grotto and slide. It’s simply appointed, so would not consider it luxury.
Wonderful!! Loved it. love palm springs. Very comfortable elevators to take you to your floor.
Day Two Palm Spring Art
Every art fan should check out the second Palm Springs Art Museum in Downtown Palm Springs. In 2011, the museum purchased the Santa Fe Federal Savings and Loan Building designed by E. Stewart Williams back in 1960. Located in Downtown Palm Springs, it was reopened as the Palm Springs Art Museum, Architecture and Design Center Edward Harris Pavilion back in 2014. The hub of the museum exploration includes architecture and design features related to exhibitions and educational programs.
And the third Palm Springs Art Museum is located in the Palm Desert.
In 2012, the museum established the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden in Palm desert. It features 14 significant sculpture works, and it’s surrounded by beautiful landscape gardens. And while we’re here in downtown Palm Springs, there are lots of things to check out, so let’s make Palm Springs Downtown our fifth place to see. Downtown Palm Springs is a great place to walk around.
There’s lots of interesting shops to explore, including restaurants the Agua Caliente casino, and even the new Agua Caliente Cultural Museum. The Palm Springs historical society has some great museums also, and offers walking tours of Palm Springs historical neighborhoods. And you can enjoy our own walk of stars where you can see over 400 stars that have been honored here in Palm Springs. And of course, no trip to Downtown Palm Springs would be complete without a photo of you and the forever Marilyn Monroe statue.
Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve
Next I wanted to see the Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve, which is a part of the Coachella Valley Preserve system. It’s a unique place where the San Andreas Fault lies just beneath the surface and provides water and much more. The preserve also protects endangered species, has walking trails, is home too many native plants, birds and animals. There’s really a lot of cultural and geological history here. Place number seven, it’s the Tahquitz Canyon, very close to Downtown Palm Springs.
Tahquitz Canyon is one of the most beautiful and culturally sensitive areas of the Agua Caliente Indian reservation. Tahquitz Canyon is home to a spectacular 60 foot seasonal waterfall. Also, you can find rock art, an ancient irrigation system, native wildlife and plants. The canyon is sacred to the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.
Spending time in the canyon is an excellent way to take care of yourself.
And it’s hard to believe that is just a few blocks from Downtown Palm Springs. Place to see number eight, the Moorten Botanical Garden Cactarium and Nursery. Established in Palm Springs back in 1938, this privately owned arboretum was created to share the beauty and extraordinary varieties of desert plants with everyone who visits. The feature desert trees, plants, and cacti come from around the world, and they range in size from miniatures to giants. The Moortens are desert plants specialists.
The Moorten Botanical Gardens is a living museum of desert lore. It has something of interest for everyone, with glistening crystals, colorful rocks, ancient fossils, and pioneer, and gold mining relics. The classic collection on display are composed of more than 3000 varieties of plants designed in concentrated habitats along a nature trail. In the world’s first cactarium, a name coined by the Moorten’s, visitors will discover a special exhibition of rare plants seen nowhere else.
Cactus castle, the Moorten’s Mediterranean style home, also sits on the Palm Grove Oasis and has often been described as a haven of tranquility which has steeped in the charm of old Palm Springs.
Day Three Elvis in Palm Springs
I am a fan of the King. He died when I was still very young, but in my early teens I was a bit odd and even in the 1980s I would listen to 50-60s rock-n-roll. Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry and so many more all spoke to me with the words in music you could still understand.
Palm Springs has the honeymoon site of Priscilla and Elvis. Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway.
It’s a 5,000 square foot mid-century modern path. It’s where Elvis and Priscilla Presley periodically stayed during the years of 1966 in 1967. It’s also where they spent their honeymoon following their May 1st, 1967 wedding. Besides the home’s connection to one of the most iconic rock stars of all time, its futuristic design has also made it a Palm Springs landmark. Built in 1960 by Robert Alexander, well-known Palm Springs mid-century modern home builder, its architecture consists of a number of different shapes and structures.
In fact, the property was dubbed Look Magazine’s 1962 House of Tomorrow due to many of its advancements, such as backend ports for cleaning, indoor kitchen grill and wall mounted radios.
Elvis did actually owned another home here in Palm Springs in Chino Canyon that he purchased from Dick McDonald, who is one of the McDonald’s brothers that founded the McDonald’s Hamburgers Train. Place to see number 10, well it’s actually not a place, but the Mid Century Modern Architecture that Palm Springs is famous for. Palm Springs is a modernism Mecca for mid-century architecture and design. In fact, you really can’t avoid seeing it and experience it when you’re here in the Palm Springs area.
This was kind of like stopping on a National Lampoons Vacation stop seeing the largest ball of twine, or a giant frying pan. But it was a cool thing to see quick and move on with your vacation day.
The Living Desert Zoo is home to over 500 animals representing over 150 species and welcomes over 500,000 visitors annually. Situated in the Sonoran Desert of the Coachella Valley in the Santa Rosa Mountain foothills, the Living Desert is set on 1200 acres, with 80 being developed as the zoo and gardens.
You can feed a giraffe, learn about the endangered species, enjoy nature and hiking trails, take private behind-the-scenes tours and really have an animal adventure.
I think kids would love this zoo. There is something about it that has a nice level of engagement and activity. It is one to put on your list if the kids are with you, or if you want to let the child inside out for a while to have fun.
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