Sightseeing in Palm Desert

Up to 67% Off from Borrego Jeep Photo Tours

Borrego Jeep Photo Adventures

Anza-Borrego State Park

$220 $99

Explore the desert from within a climate-controlled Jeep Rubicon with photo-taking guidance from a professional photographer

66% Off Wine Tour from Uncorked Tours

Uncorked Tours

Temecula Wine Country

$229 $79

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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.

60% Off Four-Hour Group Wine Tour

VIP Temecula

Temecula

$199 $79

Up to 62% Off Horse-Drawn Trolley Winery Shuttle

The Temecula Carriage Company

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 55% Off Tastings at Bel Vino Winery

Bel Vino Winery

Murrieta

$77.85 $35

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Private tastings highlight award-winning and rare wines; guests are treated to domestic and imported cheeses or chef-prepared tapas

Up to 52% Off Wine Tasting for Two or Four

Masia de Yabar Vineyard and Winery

Temecula

$24 $12

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

Up to 56% Off from Panorama Balloon Tours

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 Balloon Flight or Winery Tour

Uncorked Tours

Temecula

$438 $219

Drink a champagne toast on a 45- to 60-minute flight with receptions before and after, or tour three wineries in a limo coach with snacks

51% Off Winery Tour and Tasting in Temecula

Leoness Cellars

Temecula

$75 $37

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

Up to 47% Off Chauffeured Wine Tour

DeVine Tours

Temecula

$140 $79

All options include a chauffeur and tastings

50% Off Balloon Ride

Sunrise Balloons

Temecula

$471 $235

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Sightseers float over wine country before enjoying decadent chocolates and a glass of crisp champagne

Up to 75% Off Winery Tour and Tastings

Europa Village

Murrieta

$108 $29

More than 30 acres of vineyard nourish French, Spanish, and Italian grapes; a vineyard tour guide leads each guest through 12 tastings

Up to 42% Off Winery Excursion

Legendary Tours of Temecula

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

Longshadow Ranch Vineyard and Winery

Temecula

$40 $19

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

Up to 51% Off Hot Air Balloon Ride with Breakfast

Adventure Balloon Rides

Perris

$260 $129

Help set up and launch the balloon for a 30- to 45-minute flight before touching down for breakfast at Bomb Shelter Cafe

Up to 59% Off Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

California Balloon Rides

Perris

$260 $109

Become the envy of the earthbound masses on a sunrise flight that affords panoramic views of the ocean and desert

Up to 56% Off California Wolf Center Membership or Tour

California Wolf Center

Palomar-Julian

$40 $20

Wolf Recovery Today program includes observation of wolf packs; membership includes program admission, newsletter, and wolf picture and bio

Up to 47% Off Gold Mining at Julian Mining Company

Julian Mining Company

Palomar-Julian

$18 $11

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After a lesson, participants pan through ore from a Banner Creak ore pile and collect gold and other findings in a vial

Up to 56% Off Camping or RV Parking at The Oaks at Sacred Rocks

The Oaks at Sacred Rocks

Boulevard

$20 $10

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Enjoy stunning high altitude desert views or explore 163 acres of trails

Up to Half Off Urban Dare Adventure Race for Two

Urban Dare

Hennessy's Tavern

$90 $45

Fast-paced competition challenges teams of two with trivia, photo hunts, and mental and physical challenges

Museum of Making Music – Up to 50% Off for 2 or 4

Museum of Making Music

Carlsbad

$16 $8

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Interactive activities and exhibits showcase innovations in instrument construction and popular music through the 20th century

44% Off Restaurant Tours

Carlsbad Food Tours

Carlsbad

$150 $84

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Free Flight – Up to 51% Off Visit or Membership

Free Flight

Del Mar

$10 $5

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Among palm trees and koi lagoons, visitors interact with birds such as blue macaws and neon-green parrots and learn more about them

Mission San Juan Capistrano – 50% Off Visit

Mission San Juan Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano

$18 $9

Built by missionaries more than 200 years ago, the mission features 10 acres of living history, artifacts, and original architecture

Up to Half Off to Planes of Fame Air Museum

Planes of Fame

Chino

$22 $11

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More than 150 aircraft and displays—including an N9MB Flying Wing—fill the aviation museum

Up to 41% Off at Yanks Air Museum

Yanks Air Museum

Chino

$32 $19

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More than 200, mostly American-made aircraft take museum visitors on trips through different eras of flight

Up to 54% Off a Whale-Watching Cruise

Dana Wharf Whale Watching

Dana Point

$25 $12

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Experienced crew guides sightseers on two-hour evening tours to catch views of scenic seascapes and blue and gray whales

Up to 52% Off Wine Tasting and Harbor Cruise for Two

OC Ocean Adventures

Dana Point

$98 $49

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A 63 ft. catamaran glides through Dana Point Harbor during 90-minute cruises as a convivial host serves snacks and The Organic Cellar wine

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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

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: Journey of a People: A History of the Cahuilla & Chemehuevi Tribes in the Coachella Valley, which includes artifacts from the five tribes indigenous to the valley
  • 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 Ave
Indio,
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