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  1. tahquitz canyon/indian canyons
    very chill hikes at the base of the san jacinto mountains. a lot of opportunities to learn about the local agua caliente cahuilla indians who first settled in the area. don't hike these in the summer. you will die.
  2. cheekys [622 n. palm canyon]
    you can expect to wait in line, but the brunch is worth it. bacon flights! it closes at 2 so try to rally because it is a+ hangover food. birba next door is a good place to grab a cocktail while you wait.
  3. mid century modern architecture tour
    you can either sign up for a guided tour or download the app provided by the ps tourism board. if you are into MCM and want to ogle some lautner and neutra while you're on vacation, i can't recommend this enough.
  4. the ace hotel [701 e. palm canyon dr]
    so this one is a given, but even if you're not staying here, the ace has a ton of good events that go on year round: yoga classes, pool parties, live music, dance parties in the amigo room, drag bingo, trivia nights, the list goes on.
  5. palm springs art museum [101 n. museum dr]
    the building alone is worth taking a look at, but this place has a surprising amount of rad modern art considering where it is. its sister spot in neighboring palm desert is also good.
  6. las casuelas terraza [222 s. palm canyon]
    solid mexican food spot with a patio that sits on the PS strip. i still think about the fried ice cream at least once a month. if you have a car, i would recommend las casuelas nuevas in rancho mirage. better patio and less crowded most nights. watch yourself with those margs, though.
  7. normas [inside the parker palm springs]
    upscale brunch that looks exactly like you imagined brunch in palm springs would look like. FUN FACT: even if you are not staying at the parker, you can very easily sneak in and abuse their pools/bocce ball courts/bars/fire pits/hammocks (easier to do at night/during the offseason). when you enter, take a left at the breezeblock wall and then a right. there should be employee parking in the back. act like you've been there before, you'll do great. if you get caught, i don't know you.
  8. lapperts ice cream [130 n. palm canyon]
    look, it gets hot as hell in palm springs. sometimes it feels like you are straight up sitting inside of an oven. to combat this you have to drink and eat as much cold shit as possible. lapperts is great because it has a lot of hawaiian flavored ice cream and dole whips(!), which i am pretty sure you can't find anywhere else except disneyland and maybe hawaii itself.
  9. apple store [73445 el paseo, palm desert]
    without fail, the number one thing people text me about while vacationing in palm springs. it's almost as if google doesn't exist. maybe you went too hard at splash house and dropped your phone in the pool or it's still on the floor of the gobi tent, idk. here it is, with all of its little geniuses and gadgets intact, just like at home.
  10. the fine art of design [73717 hwy 111]
    started by a bunch of local desert kids, this is a great vintage shop/record spot/bookstore that has been pretty incredibly curated and has a grip of high end designer clothing. worth a stop in on your way out to indio on a slow coachella day.