Sightseeing in Palm Desert

Single or Family Membership at Coachella Valley History Museum (50% Off)

Coachella Valley History Museum

Indio

Sprawling museum that includes four outdoor gardens and three historic buildings traces the history and heritage of Coachella Valley

$50 $25

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$20 for Admission for Two Adults to the Palm Springs Air Museum ($31.90 Value)

Palm Springs Air Museum

Palm Springs Air Museum

Three hangars staffed by expert volunteers let you get close to dozens of still-flyable WWII aircraft and other memorabilia

$31.90 $20

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Two-or Three-Hour Borrego Jeep Photo Adventure for Two or Four from Borrego Jeep Photo Tours (Up to 67% Off)

Borrego Jeep Photo Adventures

Anza-Borrego State Park

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

$220 $99

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Four-Hour Group Wine Tour for One or Two from VIP Temecula (60% Off)

VIP Temecula

Temecula

$199 $79

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Private Wine Tasting for Two with Take-Home Bottle at Bel Vino Winery (Up to 55% Off)

Bel Vino Winery

Murrieta

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

$77.85 $35

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$39 for a Signature Winery Tour and Wine Tasting at Leoness Cellars in Temecula ($75 Value)

Leoness Cellars

Temecula

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

$75 $39

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Sunrise or Sunset Hot Air Balloon Tour for Two or Four from Panorama Balloon Tours (Up to 56% Off)

Panorama Balloon Tours

Multiple Locations

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

$460 $230

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Wine Tour with Tastings for Six from A Vineyard Tour of Temecula (Half Off)

A Vineyard Tour of Temecula

Old Town Temecula

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

$1,159 $579

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$219 for a Sunrise Balloon Flight for Two or Four-Hour Winery Tour for Two at Uncorked Tours ($438 Value)

Uncorked Tours

Temecula

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

$438 $219

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Chauffeured Wine Tour for One, Two, or Four with Tastings from DeVine Tours (Up to 54% Off)

DeVine Tours

Temecula

All options include a chauffeur and tastings

$140 $65

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Hot Air Balloon Ride for Two on a Weekday or Weekend from Sunrise Balloons (50% Off)

Sunrise Balloons

Temecula

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

$471 $235

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Credit Toward Wine at Longshadow Ranch Vineyard and Winery (Up to 53% Off)

Longshadow Ranch Vineyard and Winery

Murrieta

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

$40 $19

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Horse-Drawn Trolley Winery Shuttle for One, Two, or Four from Temecula Carriage Company (Up to 62% Off)

The Temecula Carriage Company

Temecula

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

$75 $30

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Hot Air Balloon Ride for One or Two with Breakfast and Champagne from Adventure Balloon Rides (Up to 51% Off)

Adventure Balloon Rides

Perris

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

$260 $129

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Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride for 1 or 2 from California Balloon Rides (Up to 59% Off). 4 Options Available.

California Balloon Rides

Perris

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

$260 $109

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Wolf Recovery Today Tour for Two or Four or One-Year Membership for Four at California Wolf Center (Up to 56% Off)

California Wolf Center

Palomar-Julian

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

$40 $20

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Two Nights at Stagecoach Trails RV Park and Resort (Up to 59% Off). Six Options Available.

Stagecoach Trails RV Park and Resort

Julian

Wilderness adventures during the day and a stunning night sky at this resort nestled among plenty of water-based and dry-land attractions

$74 $30

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Botanical Garden Admission for Two or Four to Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens (47% Off)

Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens

Fallbrook

18 acres of flowers and plants organized into three themed gardens, complete with ponds and waterfalls

$15 $8

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Guided Tour for 4 or 8, Private Tour for 2, or Halloween Party for 2 at Wild Wonders, Inc. (Up to 50% Off)

Wild Wonders

Bonsall

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

$90 $49

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Two or Four Days of Tent Camping or One or Two Days of RV Parking at The Oaks at Sacred Rocks (Up to 56% Off)

The Oaks at Sacred Rocks

Boulevard

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

$20 $10

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Visit With a Feed a Big-Cat- or Bear-Feeding Experience for One or Two at Lions Tigers & Bears (Up to 39% Off)

Lions Tigers & Bears

Alpine

Visit over 50 animals at a no-breed, no-kill, no-sell sanctuary for rescued exotic animals and learn responsible animal care along the way

$130 $89

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Oceanside Museum of Art Visit for Two or Four (Up to 47% Off)

Oceanside Museum of Art

Townsite

Explore a wide variety of art forms from the 20th and 21st centuries, including a new special exhibition of quilts

$16 $9

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Museum of Making Music Visit for Two Adults, or Two Adults and Two Children (Up to 50% Off)

Museum of Making Music

Carlsbad

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

$16 $8

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Admission and Petting Zoo Food, Feeding Tour, or Boo at the Zoo Admission at Hesperia Zoo (Up to 53% Off)

Hesperia Zoo

Hesperia

Tigers, lemurs, and other rare and endangered species from six continents living on a 10-acre zoo in the heart of California’s high desert

$20 $10

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30- or 60-Minute Discovery Flight and 20-Minute Video at Apus Air (Up to 44% Off)

Apus Air

El Cajon

Instructors accompany students as they take to the air over downtown San Diego

$159 $89

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Guided Goldmine Tour for Up to Four or Six People from Julian Gold Expedition (Up to 61% Off)

Julian Gold Expedition

La Mesa

Groups can choose four- or eight-hour outings, during which they hike or drive to historic mines and pan for gold

$375 $148

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Admission for Two or Four to Planes of Fame Air Museum (Up to Half Off)

Planes of Fame

Chino

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

$22 $11

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VIP Admission for Two or Four or a One-Year Individual or Family Membership at Yanks Air Museum (Up to 41% Off)

Yanks Air Museum

Chino

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

$32 $19

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Wine Tasting and Harbor Cruise for Two or Four on Friday or Sunday from OC Ocean Adventures (Up to 52% Off)

OC Ocean Adventures

Dana Point

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

$98 $49

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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: 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 Ave
Indio,
CA
US

There are no ropes at the Palm Springs Air Museum?all the better to get close to one of the world's largest collections of operational World War II-era aircraft.

  • Size: three air-conditioned hangars totaling 65,000 square feet, where a display of 28 vintage planes, ranging from the WWII-era Grumman F6F Hellcat to the more modern F-4 Phantom, as well as occasional visiting displays outside tarmac with more vintage aircraft
  • From the Press: CNN Travel named this one of the World's 14 Best Aviation Museums.
  • Permanent Mainstay: Vintage Warbirds, a documentary theater, and a library with 8,700 volumes
  • Don't Miss: Conversing with the museum docents?many of them served in World War II and other conflicts.
  • Hidden Gem: Artist Chris Demarest, who paints soldiers and citizens from the WWII era, can often be found at work in the European hangar.
  • Hands-On Activity: the flight simulator and interactive kids area
  • Special Programs: flight exhibitions and Saturday programs
  • Pro Tip: Go ahead and bring your dog?the museum welcomes friendly pets.
745 N Gene Autry Trl.
Palm Springs,
CA
US

Castelli Art Framing

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