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Caliente Tropics Resort
411 East Palm Canyon Drive - Palm Springs, Ca, Us
The Caliente Tropics Resort Is A Tiki And Polynesian Playground. All Facilities Have Been Completely Renovated As Of March, 2001. Included Is A 65 Foot Swimming Pool, Therapeutic Pool and shuffleboard Courts.

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    Palm Springs Area Golf Resorts
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    Palm Springs is popularly known as the winter-golf capital of the world with almost 100 well kept golf courses. Here are a few that we consider to be the best.

    Knott's Soak City USA
    1500 S. Gene Autry Trail Palm Springs, CA 92264l (760) 327-0499;
    Waterpark Website;
    Open: Daily Memorial Day to Labor Day and weekends in May and September; Hours 10AM-6PM;

    Includes wave pool, lazy river ride, several waterslides and shutes. Also children's pool and family funhouse.

  • Tidal Wave Tower - Two 7-stories tall high-speed slides.
  • Sea Snake - One 50-foot dark slithering tube slide
  • Pipeline Point - Three 70-foot tall body slides
  • Surf Rider Rapids - One 60-foot Multi-rider open slide
  • Rip Tide Reef - 800,000 gallon Wave Pool

    Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
    One Tramway Rd. Palm Springs, CA. 92262; (888) 515-TRAM; Tram Website;
    Cars depart at least every half hour from 10 a.m., Monday-Friday; 8 a.m. weekends and holiday periods. Last car up is 8 p.m. with the last car down at 9:45 p.m.

    Since 1963, over 13 million visitors have escaped the heat of the desert floor and ascended up to the pleasant cool atop Mount San Jacinto. The 10-minutes, 2.5 mile ride begins at the Valley Station (2643 ft) and ends at the Mountain Station (8516 ft). See dramatic changes in nature and wildlife as you pass from desert to alpine environments.

    The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens
    1,200 acre wildlife and botanical park in Palm Desert, California, with rare desert plant and animal species. Live animal shows, picnic areas, tram tours, hiking trails; Bighorn sheep, mountain lions, mexican wolves and birds of prey.

    So. California Mountain Ski Resorts
    There are six major ski resort areas operating in the San Bernardino Mountains, less than one hour away from the greater metropolitan area. Activities offer include traditional alpine skiing, snowboarding, family winter fun zones, ski schools and more. Ski season usually runs from December to April. And during the off-season, these mountain areas are also a great place to visit to enjoy suberb scenic vistas.

    California Speedway - Fontana CA
    Two-mile D-shaped oval motorsports racetrack that is 75 feet wide with 15-foot apron and 14-degree turn banking. The grandstand has accumulated a total capacity for 92,100 and includes 28 skyboxes since they opened in 1997 on the site of the old Kaiser Steel mill.

    Nixon Birthplace & Library
    Museum and Historical Site about our 37th President of the United States.

    Tour Palomar Observatory - Mount Palomar
    In the 1930's Caltech scientists began their search for a remote location for an observatory in the Southern California and Arizona mountains. When first installed in 1947 it was the world's largest telescope.

    Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain - Big Bear Lake
    (909) 866-4626; Venue Website;
    Located along SR-18 on the south shore of Big Bear Lake.

  • Winter snowplay area
  • summer slide run
  • Summer waterslides
  • mini-golf and go-karts.

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    Mountain Bear Essentials - Big Bear Lake
    42670 Moonridge Rd, Big Bear Lake, CA; (909) 584-7654; Venue Website;
    For arts and crafts fans - this bear making shop will let you choose, stuff and dress your own teddy bear.

    Historic Old Town Temecula
    Lively collection of shops, attractions and special events.

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    Moonridge Animal Park - Big Bear Lake
    43285 Goldmine Dr, Big Bear Lake, CA; (909) 584-1171; Zoo Website;
    Open Daily 10AM-4PM; Call for info about group tours and zoo camps;
    Located adjacent to Big Bear Mountain Ski Resort and Moonridge Rd on south shore of Big Bear Lake;

    Also known as the Big Bear Zoo, this facility is combination of zoo and animal rehabilitation center that rescues injured or orphaned wildlife that is unable to survive in the wild. Over 80 animal species live at the zoo including bear, wildcats, reptiles, coyotes, porcupine, skunks, deer, bison, eagles, owls and more. This zoo is one of only two alpine zoos in the country.

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  • Friends of Moonridge Zoo - The zoo's lease expires in 2009 and this group is raising funds to move the zoo.

    Pharaohs Lost Kingdom - Redlands CA
    Pharaoh’s, home of the world’s tallest enclosed waterslide, is an amusement park, water park and family entertainment center located in Redlands, California. Park attractions include 27 waterslides, 36,000 s.f. arcade center, Pharoah's Go-Cart Speedway, 16 midway rides, miniature golf, ferris wheel, carousel, and the 65-foot Screaming Mummy Roller Coaster.

    Blue Angels - Winter training home of this famous Naval performance flight group is located on the western side of the Imperial Valley. They are based out of NAF El Centro.

    Palm Desert Shadow Mountain Resort Shadow Mountain Resort & Club - Palm Desert CA
    Totally secluded...clean, fresh air...stunning views of the majestic San Jacinto Mountains in every direction...towering palm trees...starry desert nights...unforgettable desert sunsets. Resort facilities include golf, tennis and four heated swimming pools.

    The Lodge at Rancho Mirage

    239-room exclusive full service desert resort in a secluded setting offering. Panoramic views while close to the finest golf shopping and dining available in the palm springs area. Wayport high-speed wireless Internet hotel. All rooms are non-smoking, however, designated smoking areas are located throughout the hotel. Facilities include tennis, spa, croquet lawn, wedding gazebo and casual dining at La Mirada Restaurant.

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    Palm Springs Art Museum
    101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs, California 92262; (760) 325-0189; Gallery Website;
    Open: Tues-Sun 10AM-5PM (Oct-May) / Wed-Sun 10AM-5PM (Jun-Sep) / All Thurs 12PM-8PM;

    Founded in 1938, this Museum's permanent art collection features contemporary California art, classic western American art, Native American art; Precolumbian art, Mexican art, and European modern art; glass studio art, American mid-twentieth century architecture, and American photography.
    Annenberg Theater - an eclectic calendar from ballet to modern dance, opera to jazz, and comedy to drama.
    Albert Frey House - one of the most important modern architects of our time, lived and worked in Palm Springs since 1934.

    Palm Springs Air Museum
    745 North Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, CA 92262; 760-778-6262; Museum Website;
    Open : Daily 10AM-5PM (Exc: Thanksgiving & Christmas);

    This museum exhibits the role of the World War II combat aircraft and the role the pilots and American citizens had in achieving this great victory. It features One of the world's largest collections of flying World War Two warplanes.

    Aqua Caliente Cultural Museum
    219 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs CA 92262; (760) 778-1079; Museum Website;
    Open : Summer (10PM-5PM) Fri-Sat / Non-Summer (10AM-5PM) Daily / All Sundays (Noon-5PM);
    Location : At the Village Green Heritage Center in the heart of downtown Palm Springs.

    This museum preserves the nature spirit of the Aqua Caliente Band of the Cahuilla Indians. Exhibits include the Tahquitz Canyon Archaeological Collection with over 50,000 artifacts from the oldest and largest village site and is one of the most extensive excavation projects in California.

    Gen. Patton Memorial Museum
    Exhibits include real tanks and artillery.

    Imperial Valley Swiss Museum
    1585 E. Worthington Rd, Holtville, CA; (760) 356-1183;
    Tours by appointment only.

    SDSU Art Gallery
    720 Heber Ave., Calexico, CA ; (760) 357-5536;
    Open: Daily 8AM-Noon/ 1-5PM by appointment;
    Located in the SDSU Campus Administration Bldg.

    Planes of Fame Air Museum
    Located at Chino Airport, 4.5 miles south of SR-60 on Euclid Ave. Displays restored American, British, German and Japanese military aircraft. Collection of early aircraft includes a 1896 glider. Also included are P-59 and F-104 jet fighters.

    Lincoln Memorial Shrine
    125 W. Vine St, Redlands, CA; (909) 798-7565; Museum Website;
    Open Daily: 9AM-Noon / 1-5PM (Exc Mondays and Holidays);
    Open for special events on Lincoln's Birthday.

    The largest collection of Lincoln memorabilia west of the Mississippi - honest! Open since 1937 in a limestone-faced building in a grassy park, this museum showcases a large collection of Lincoln and Civil War memorabilia.
    A.K. Smiley Public Library - adjacent to Lincoln Shrine
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    March Field Air Museum
    March A.F.B., Perris, CA;
    Packed with memorabilia from the Korean War and World War II. Museum dates to early 1900's when it was an aviation training camp. Check ahead for "open cockpit days."

  • Curtiss P-40 Warhawk - WWII fighter plane
  • Grumman HU-16E Albatross - USCG seaplane
  • Freedom Shrine - Wall plaques of 20 important documents (i.e. Emancipation Proclamation and more)
  • F-14 Tomcat flight simulator

    The Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum
    15650 Seneca Rd, Victorville, CA; (760) 243-4547;
    Open Daily: 9AM-5PM (Exc: Major Holidays); Admission;

    Exhibits of memorabilia from these famous Western stars.

    The Mall of Victor Valley
    I-15 and Bear Valley Rd, Victorville, CA;
    JCPenney, Mervyn's and Sears.

    Victor Valley Museum and Art Gallery
    11873 Apple Valley Rd, Apple Valley, CA (760) 240-2111;
    Open: Wed-Sat 10AM-4PM; Admission: $3

    Exhibits featuring life, art, culture and history of the Mojave Desert. Includes Native American handicrafts and artwork. Also artifacts from early settlers and pioneers of the desert mining industry and George AFB.

    Maturango Museum
    Las Flores Ave and China Lake Blvd, Ridgecrest, CA; (760) 375-6900;
    Open Daily: 10AM-5PM (Exc: Major Holidays); Admission: $2;

    Exhibits protraying life in the Upper Mojave Desert, including ancient American Native petroglyphs, art gallery, and children's exhibits.
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    Hi-Desert Nature Museum
    57166 TwentyNine Palms Hwy (SR-52), Yucca Valley, CA; (760) 369-7212;
    Open: Tues-Sun 10AM-5PM (Exc: Major Holidays); Donations;

    Exhibits protraying life in the Lower Mojave Desert, including ancient American Native artifacts, mineral collection, and mini-zoo featuring small desert animals.

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City of Roses Tour
Best known for the Tournament of Roses Parade and Bowl Game. Tourists may also enjoy visits to Old Town Pasadena which featuresa huge variety of choices of restaurants, shopping centers, night clubs, bars, and movie theaters, and 'Paseo Colorado,' which features a unique collection of retail stores, fine and casual dining and garden promenades.

    Mesquite Mine Overlook Trail
    (760) 352-6541;[ Gold Mines ]
    Located 3 miles north of SR-78 on GFOC Road. A one-mile trail leads to an overview of the second largest gold mine in California.

    Old Plank Road
    Located by Grays Well Road alongside I-8. Portions still exist today of a big wood plank wood build across the sand dunes in 1916 for early motorists.

    Fossil Canyon
    Located about four miles north of Ocotillo at the end of Painted Gorge Rd. Scenic area noted for its multicolored canyon walls caused by the weathering of copper, iron and sulfur in the rock. The upper part of the gorge contains marine fossils. (Fossils )

    Oyster Shell Beds
    Located along BLM Route Y1945 are remnants of ancient Lake Leconte, which covered most of the Imperial Valley over 6 million years ago. Fossilized oyster shells are all about. (Fossils )

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    Amboy Crater
    The Amboy Crater and Lava Field is an extinct North American cinder cone that lies California's Mojave Desert just sits 2.5 miles west of the town of Amboy on historic U.S. Highway 66.

    Tumco Mines
    Located on Gold Rock Ranch Rd, 9 miles north of I-8, 1 mile east of County Hwy 35, 4.5 miles NEof Ogilby in the Cargo Muchacho Mountains. Tumco was an early gold mining town.

    Calico Early Man Archaeological Site
    15 miles NE of Barstow via I-15 and Minneola Rd; (909) 883-3787;
    Excavation begun in 1964 by Dr. Louis Leakey. Over 12,000 stone tools dating back possibly 200,000 years, makes this one of the oldest such sites in the Western Hemisphere. Guided Tours, Active digs and exhibits.

    Calico Ghost Town Regional Park
    Ghost Town Rd, 11 miles NE of Barstow via I-15; (800) 862-2542;
    Open Daily: 9AM-5PM; Admission: Adult $6 / Child (3-15) $3;

    Old Calico recreats mine tours, train ride, mystery shack, gunfights, saloons and shops of the mining era. Canyon campground. The mines here produced over $13 million in silver ore 1881-96.

    Rainbow Basin National Natural Landmark
    8 mile north of Barstow via SR-58 on Irwin Rd, then Fossil Bed Rd; (760) 252-6000;
    Rock walls in shades of red, brown, green and white hold fossils and minerals over millions of years old. Four mile loop tour features views of scenic rock formations.

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    Death Valley National Park
    3.3 million acre preserve of the most inhospitable and also scenic terrain in the continental United States. Many historical landmarks and several species of plant and fish unique only to the parkland.

    Joshua Tree National Park
    Large 870 square mile scenic preserve of desert wildlife. Abundant camping, picnic grounds and hiking trail opportunities.

    San Bernardino National Forest
    Abundant camping, picnic grounds and hiking trail opportunities.

    The Living Desert
    47-900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA; (760) 346-5694;
    Admission: adult $7.50 / Child (3-12) $3.50; Open Daily 9-4:30 Sept - June; Summer hours vary;

    1,200 acre wildlife and botanical park with rare desert plant and animal species. Live animal shows, picnic areas, tram tours, hiking trails; Bighorn sheep, mountain lions, mexican wolves and birds of prey.

    Salton Sea
    Very large inland salt water lake serves as both a national wildlife refuge and state recreation area - numerous outdoor adventure opportunities.

    Tour Lower Colorado River
    The lower stretch of this great river of the American Southwest meanders slow and easy past a number of recreation and wilderness areas.

    Tour Imperial Valley Dunes
    Eastern rim of Imperial Valley - Wildlife viewing area and home to several unique species of plants and animals. Very popular area for offroad vehicle activity.

    Mojave National Preserve
    1.4 million acres of historic and natural desert wonders protected since 1994.

    Astronomical Society of the Desert - Rancho Mirage Desert Astronomy Club
    US Bureau of Land Management - California Desert District
    California Turtle & Tortoise Club - Desert Turtle Preservation
    Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy - State agency preserving natural open space

    Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
    P.O. Box 780 ,11055 East Drive, Morongo Valley ,CA 92256; (760) 363-7190; Preserve Website;
    Big Morongo Canyon is one of the 10 largest cottonwood and willow riparian (stream) habitats in California. The upstream end of the canyon lies in the Mojave Desert, while its downstream portion opens into the Colorado Desert.

    Santa Rosa and San Jacinto National Monument
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    Bighorn Institute
    P. O. Box 262; Palm Desert, CA 92261-0262; (760)346-7334; Website;
    Conducts research into the ecology of wild sheep populations with particular emphasis on Peninsular desert bighorn native to California. The facilities, which include an office, laboratory, biologists' residence, and pens for the captive herd and bighorn rehabilitation, are located on nearly 300 acres of land.

    Rim of the World Drive
    Highly recommended scenic drive on SR-18. 40-mile road winds through Big Bear Lake and other scenic mountain resort communities interspersed with high-elevation panoramic views of the Southern California.

    Cleveland National Forest
    420,000 acres woodlands and mountains with many camping sites and hiking trails.

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