5 Totally Cool Spots to Visit During Your Trek to Coachella

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.
palm springs tramway
From Bucket List

Cabazon Dinosaurs
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).

Cheeky's Palm Springs
From Desert Roadkill

Ace Hotel
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.
ace hotel palm springs
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.
From Integratron

+ What’s your favorite spot to check out in Palm Springs? Let us know in the comments.

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1 Comment

  1. Susan 04/08/2014 at 10:35 am #

    Any & all thrift stores! Desert thrifting is the best 🙂

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