Sightseeing in Palm Desert

40% Off Membership to Big Bear Alpine Zoo

Big Bear Lake

$75 $45

Animals include bears, wolves, owls, bobcats, and mountain lions; the zoo is a safe haven for injured, orphaned, and imprinted wild animals

50% Off Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight

Temecula

$471 $235

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Sightseers float over wine country at sunrise as they enjoy a box of chocolate and crisp champagne

Up to 62% Off Horse-Drawn Trolley Winery Shuttle

Temecula

$75 $30

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Vintage horse-drawn trolleys roll down wine-country roads, pausing for tours at four wineries and vineyards

Up to 52% Off Wine Tasting for Two or Four

Temecula

$24 $12

Guests taste five wines in an earth-toned tasting room with a stone fireplace and wine-barrel tables

54% Off Wine Tour from Uncorked Tours

Temecula

$179 $89

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Four-hour tour of 3 wineries aboard a limo coach includes 5-6 tastings, 50 digital photos, and complimentary champagne and appetizers.

Up to 56% Off from Panorama Balloon Tours

Multiple Locations

$460 $230

Sprawling estates and vineyards appear beneath balloons as the sun slowly settles into the Pacific or rises from its depths

Half Off a Wine Tour for Six

Old Town Temecula

$1,159 $579

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Up to four wine tastings include chocolate and gourmet cheese on a five-hour wine tour in a limo van with surround-sound and satellite radio

Up to 42% Off Winery Excursion

Frangipani Estate Winery

$119 $69

A prototype jeep-style Hummer limo transports visitors to two area wineries to sample 10-12 wines and enjoy a picnic lunch

Up to 53% Off a Wine Tasting

Temecula

$40 $19

Tasting of five premium wines is enhanced by panoramic views of Temecula Valley at a rustic, Western-influenced winery

51% Off Winery Tour and Tasting in Temecula

Temecula

$75 $37

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On a two-hour tour, guests learn the processes of traditional winemaking while sampling its fruits

Up to 51% Off Hot Air Balloon Ride with Breakfast

Perris

$260 $129

Help set up and launch the balloon for a 45-minute flight before touching down for breakfast at Bomb Shelter Restaurant

Up to 52% Off at California Balloon Rides 

Perris

$260 $129

30-45-minute hot air balloon ride includes a post-flight breakfast at The Bomb Shelter Restaurant at the Perris Valley airport.

Up to 50% Off Wine Tasting

Ramona

$20 $11

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Hand-picked grapes form the basis of different varietals that guests can sample in the tasting room alongside chocolates

Up to 51% Off Tour or Camp at Wild Wonders

Bonsall

$80 $40

Interact with exotic animals, from adorable foxes to enormous centipedes, under the supervision of zoologists and trainers

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At The Living Desert, a dedicated conservation team tends to plants and animals populating more than 1,800 acres of desert—1,000 of which remain in their natural, undisturbed state. In addition to protecting the Colorado Desert's native population of birds, wolves, reptiles, and minotaurs, The Living Desert houses bighorn sheep, cheetahs, striped hyenas, leopards, and parrots from arid regions throughout the globe. Through annual contributions, members of the nonprofit organization help preserve the Colorado Desert and bolster the population of endangered desert species. Members also gain unlimited access to the park, discounts in the gift shop, and invitations to special events, such as the annual member-cheetah race.

47900 Portola Ave
Palm Desert,
CA
US

Yelpers give Palm Springs Air Museum a 4.5-star average, TripAdvisors give it a 4.5 owl-eye average, and it has more than 800 fans on Facebook.

745 N Gene Autry Trl
Palm Springs,
CA
US

Castelli Art Framing's master craftsmen continue a more than 25-year tradition of conserving and displaying prized artwork of all shapes and sizes. Small photographs, large portraits, and record-breaking speeding tickets all earn wall-worthiness while donning custom frames assembled out of thousands of moldings and a variety of matting and mounting styles. Castelli's museum-quality conservation frames ensure delicate or valuable pieces can emerge from their protective casings undamaged. The multitalented staffers can also build unique frames for 3-D objects such as medals, sports jerseys, and a baby's first pair of shoes. Gilding and leafing services performed by artisans with more than 20 years of experience embellish plain wooden surfaces with thin sheets of gold or silver shinier than a freshly polished glass eye.

1570 S Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs,
CA
US

In 1913, Cabot Yerxa re-discovered Desert Hot Springs' eponymous springs while digging for water on his 160 acres of homesteaded land. In 1941, the pioneer decided to build a Hopi-inspired pueblo on this land using materials he reclaimed or found in the desert. The result is now known as Cabot's Pueblo Museum, and it encompasses 5,000 square feet.

The building, which rises four stories above the desert and utilizes the Venturi Effect for air conditioning, is constructed out of adobe-style sun-dried brick that Cabot made himself in his courtyard. Cabot also used materials from cabins abandoned in the 1930s. Visitors can wander through his pueblo's 35 rooms, peer out of the 150 windows, and stage elaborate Scooby-Doo chases through the 65 doors.

67616 Desert View Ave
Desert Hot Springs,
CA
US

More than one million fossils and artifacts were unearthed during the construction the Diamond Valley Lake reservoir in Hemet. These time-swept relics make their home in the Western Science Center's museum complex, creating a bridge between ancient eras and the scientific advances of the future. The campus itself is steeped in advanced design tactics, making it the first museum in California to earn a Platinum LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. A rooftop covered with 3,000 solar panels provides more than half of the museum's power needs, and a combination of heat-resistant windows and forced-air circulation keeps the interior cool while spending less energy on air conditioning and ice sculpture maintenance.

A journey through the ages begins from the moment visitors step from the parking lot and under the Life on Earth Timelime, a 156-foot corridor of geologic time rings from Pre-Cambrian to Holocene that leads to the museum lobby. Inside, they explore permanent and temporary exhibits, including "Max," the largest mastodon skeleton found in the Western United States and the Discovery lab highlighting the tool contemporary architects use every day. Crowds can take a seat in the immersion theater with a 270-degree screen to watch a pair of short films about the time when giant creatures roamed California and how the region was excavated and preserved.

2345 Searl Pkwy
Hemet,
CA
US

Diana Lefort frolicked with horses as a child on her family's Arizona ranch, developing a passion that led to her owning and caring for several of her own quarter steeds as an adult. Now with 30 years of professional equine experience, she welcomes every opportunity to blend her two passions: horseback riding and the gorgeous scenery of the Temecula Valley's wine country. She and her team begin their stallion-studded tours at various wineries in the region, where experts demonstrate the incantations used to summon tears from grapes and participants tipple seasonal fermented juices from at the chosen winery. The team then saddles participants on well-seasoned steeds with gentle temperaments and good credit ratings for tours through lush vineyard trails as the morning dew evaporates under the rising sun or as daylight slowly unspools around them into a glorious sunset. Many tours include a gourmet meal from local farmers at the Creekside Grille at Wilson Creek Winery.

39460 Hilt Rd.
Temecula,
California
US