The Indian Canyons are a series of hiking trails through beautiful valleys owned by the Agua Caliente Band of Mission Indians. There's hiking, picnicing, and horseback riding, as well as a really cool trading post where the tribe sells their wares and you can learn local history from any of the friendly people hanging around.
This is a great place to stop on a hot desert day. The iced treats are perfect and refreshing, and preiced really well. This is a great alternative to ice cream shops in the area.
Smack in the heart of Palm Springs is Heminger's, who sell a dizzying array of homemade confections. This is a great store to stop by for a quick treat while you're looking through all the shops on Palm Canyon, and it has something for every different taste.
Now called the Morongo Travel Center, this is a large gas station with decent prices and a very nice minimart. It caters to truckers, so it has a big selection of drinks, foods, sundries and souveniers, plus slot machines for gaming. Very clean and affordable.
My husband likes this cigar store for its casual atmopshere, knowledgeable staff, and huge array of cigars, pipes, and accessories. There's a sit down area with comfy couches where patrons can relax, read a magazine, and enjoy their cigar in the company of fellow afficcionados.
Devoted to WWII aircrafts, the Palm Springs Air Museum has one of the largest collections of fighter jets in existence, plus displays of artwork, uniforms, and memorabilia. The coolest thing about the museum is that they have volunteers there who participated in the war and add a first hand experience of the conflict. Prices are good, and kids and adults will find this museum interesting and fun.
Called "the Rodeo Drive" of the Coachelly Valley, The Gardens On el Paseo is an upscale, open air shopping center featuring establishments like Saks Fifth Avenue and Tiffany's. Beautifully landscaped, and sometimes featuring live music, The Gardens have top of the line stores and restaurants, which are fun to browse through even if you don't buy anything.
While this store is almost entirely targeted at tourists, I still had fun looking through and trying on their various styles of sunglasses. A lot of them look really close to the originals, making it a good place to buy a pair of sunglasses if you're short on money.
Celebrity Books has a huge selection of new, used, and author autographed books on all things celebrity and Palm Springs. The coolest part is that every Thursday night at Village Fest, they set up a booth in front of their store and have author signings. With past authors including Ray Bradbury, the booth and store are definitly worth visiting.
A popular hang out with the college and tourist crowds, the Village Pub is a fun, bright sports bar/ pub. It suffers, however, from your typical sports bar pitfalls: rowdy, noisy crowd, high bar prices, and not enough seating. Fun for tourists, while locals will seek a more low-key, unusual place.