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Before Coachella Valley became the incubator for modern design that it is today, it was an agricultural center, a major railroad stop, and home to the indigenous Cahuilla people. In 1965, valley residents formed The Coachella Valley Historical Society to preserve each of these eras, and opened the Coachella Valley History Museum nearly two decades later as the embodiment of that mission.

  • Size: the museum campus includes four sprawling outdoor gardens, three buildings, and all the air that surrounds them
  • Eye Catcher: the historic water tower that looms over the outdoor gallery
  • Permanent Mainstay: the 1926 adobe Smiley-Tyler House?this building, once owned by Dr. Smiley and his wife, houses the main exhibits, including a kitchen straight from the 1930s and 1940s
  • Visiting Exhibits: Footsteps in the Sand: The Cultural Heritage of Our Native Americans, which shares the culture and traditions of the five tribes indigenous to the valley through photographs and artifacts
  • Don't Miss: amid the gardens, which surround visitors in working date groves, desert flora, and roses, is Liberty Tree, Coachella Valley's oldest cork tree
82616 Miles Avenue
Indio,
CA
US

Across the nation, the skies are filled with giant, kaleidoscopically colored balloons languidly soaring over snowcapped peaks and green valleys. This is partly due to Balloon Rides Online, whose network of nationwide hot-air balloons paints the sky each day. Employing a FAA-approved basket and a professional pilot who has completed at least 500 flight hours, the company floats passengers over mountains, forests, and streams of caramel for one hour. While gliding with the ease of a cloud, pilots encourage guests to snap photos of sprawling landscapes and capture the moment. After landing, crew members and passengers celebrate with a champagne, mimosa or orange-juice toast?an important tradition in hot-air ballooning and preparing for inevitable hovercraft uprisings. With passengers' safety in mind, Balloon Rides Online also keeps a minimum insurance liability of $100,000 per guest.

950 Madison St.
Indio,
CA
US

On the rolling greens of the Empire Polo Club, the Rhythm, Wine, and Brews Fest unfolds for an afternoon of locally crafted libations and priceless rhythm and blues. Guests saunter into the white cabanas of the wine garden with souvenir glasses in hand, partaking in the fruits of local and national wineries, such as Smith & Hook and Fess Parker, underneath the shade of date palms. The scent of hops and barley drifts through the high-peaked tents of the beer-tasting pavilion, where more than 25 breweries, including Shipyard Brewing Company and Lagunitas Brewing, dispense their handcrafted suds. As daycationing denizens sniff, swish, and savor their beverages, the air buzzes with liquid rhythm and blues from a roster of roots artists.

81-800 Avenue 51
Indio,
CA
US

The annual Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival makes good use of the temperate weather, exciting visitors with sun, rides, and shows in the middle of February. Cotton candy and carnival rides churn stomachs while carnival games challenge hand-eye coordination. Visitors of the 68th annual installment of the festival can take-in one of the camel and ostrich races, hop aboard a ferris wheel, or watch monster trucks compete for the ultimate prize, enlightenment. Throughout the 10-day festival, live music entertains fans from acts such as Daughtry, Kool & the Gang, and Tucanes De Tijuana.

82503 US Highway 111
Indio,
CA
US

Though World Gym has locations the span the globe, the gyms still feel homey. The friendly trainers are experts in their field, and the decor is carefully designed to be welcoming and warm. To accommodate guests of all levels and workout styles, the gyms boast an expansive array of cardio equipment and a variety of classes such as Zumba, yoga, spin, and boot camp.

83240 US Highway 111
Indio,
CA
US