Training: Module 6 of 9


DowntownNestled along palm-lined drives and intersecting side streets, Palm Canyon Drive and downtown Palm Springs is where visitors find numerous designer shops, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, museums and one-of-a-kind stores. Stroll them all, as they are within walking distance of one another, and dine alfresco under a sunny clear blue sky.

Sign up for a walking tour. The architecture of Palm Springs tour will focus on the standout examples of Mid-Century Desert Modernism as well as Spanish Colonial Revival styles and the "Starchitects" of these designs. Learn the evolution of these divergent styles, how they coexist and are being preserved.

VillageFest transforms downtown into one of the valley’s most popular events every Thursday. A diverse array of artisans, entertainers, and purveyors of fresh fruits and veggies, flowers, jewelry, snacks, and sweets replaces traffic on the charming main street.

For a taste of Hollywood, visitors weave their way throughout the downtown corridor where they will find over 330 sidewalk stars honoring various show business celebrities, pioneers, civic leaders, and humanitarians at the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.

Uptown Design District is one of Palm Springs fastest growing shopping areas. Enjoy a relaxing day walking along Palm Canyon Drive where visitors can explore modern art, fashion, design, and so much more. Here visitors will find exclusive clothing boutiques, vintage home design, and original art galleries. It’s a day full of inspiration for the modern enthusiast.

Explore the streets and neighborhoods and see one of the largest concentrations of mid-century modern architecture in the world. Since the 1920’s, visionary modernist architects have designed sleek, modern homes that have embraced the desert environment. The dramatic geographic surroundings of the Coachella Valley inspired a design aesthetic in the middle of the 20th Century now called Desert Modernism.

[Tip: A great way for visitors to see and experience Palm Springs modernism is on one of our guided tours or pick up a map at the Visitor Center and drive the route yourself.]

For the high rollers, head over to the Spa Resort Casino for some slot and table game play - They are always open for  fun and entertainment. Become a new club member and earn free slot play…it’s fast, free and fun. The casino boasts a buffet that will satisfy anyone’s appetite.

Long established in beautiful Palm Springs since 1938, Moorten Botanical Garden, just south of downtown, is a private arboretum created to share with everyone the beauty and extraordinary varieties of desert plants from around the world. Featuring desert trees and cacti from miniatures to giants, it offers a classic collection of more than 3000 varieties of plants designed in concentrated habitats along a natural trail.

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