So you’re Coachella-bound and don’t have a ticket to the festival, or maybe it occurred to you that you’ll probably need a break from those jam-packed days of unwavering heat, but either way, it’s likely that you’ll find yourself in Indio with a few hours — or days? — to kill. Don’t spend it ALL sleeping in, get out of your hotel or campsite and explore the desert around you. You can nap when you get back home.
See, Do & Eat
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
While your friends are getting sunburned on the massive Empire Polo Field, you can take a relaxing journey above the Chino Canyon cliffs in the world’s largest rotating tramcar.
From Bucket List
Made famous by “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure,” you’ll def want to set aside some time on your way out of the desert to visit this prehistoric roadside attraction (it’s about 40 minutes away from the festival).
From Wikimedia Commons
Cheeky’s Palm Springs
You can’t possibly have grab-and-go breakfast bars the entire time you’re at Coachella — you’ve gotta have at least one proper brunch while you’re there. And if you make it to Cheeky’s, order a flight of bacon (trust us).
From Desert Roadkill
With palable ’60s vibes and minimalist decor, you’ll have no choice but to take it easy at the Ace. Dip in the pool and check out the massive views of the San Jacinto mountain range before reconnecting with your group.
From Condé Nast Traveler
At the intersection of intergalactic and just plain weird, this dome-shaped Joshua Tree mainstay — aeronautical engineer George Van Tassel built it in the ’50s after receiving orders from extraterrestrials (…) — is quite the tourist attraction.
+ What’s your favorite spot to check out in Palm Springs? Let us know in the comments.