My dad will be visiting me in Palm Springs for two weeks, and he's kind of grumpy. He doesn't like music, drinking, dancing, restaurants, art, or too much activity, so showing him a good time is always a challenge. Here's what I came up with so far for this upcoming trip.
  1. Salvation Mountain
    It's risky to put my dad in the car for two hours just to go to a folk art display in the middle of the desert, but ultimately I think the "God is love" message will win him over. Salvation Mountain is so surreal and amazing, one of those places you have to see to believe.
  2. Joshua Tree
    We've been to Joshua Tree together before, but we've only scratched the surface of the park.
  3. The Palms in Wonder Valley
    Again, this is another trek out to the middle of the desert, but not even my dad will argue with a platter of steak and eggs for $5.50.
  4. Amboy
    Amboy is one of my favorite places on earth. The once-bustling Route 66 stop is now a town with a population of 4. It feels like a modern ghost town.
  5. Salton Sea
    My dad does like farmland and canals, so I think he'll be interested in learning about the creation of the Salton Sea and the impending ecological disaster of it.
  6. Sunnylands
    One thing my dad does love is his grandson, so he'll definitely enjoy watching my son play at Sunnylands. Every Sunday the visitor center at this gorgeous estate puts out toys and blocks on the large, manicured lawn, and my child can't get enough of it.
  7. Palm Springs Air Museum?
    I'm a dad, and this isn't my kind of thing, but a lot of older Dad types love old airplanes? And museums?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  8. Statue of Lucille Ball?
    This is more my speed. I'd go see this!
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  9. Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway!
    Now we're talking for this dad. Palm Springs Architecture tours!
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