Southern California remains one of the nicest destinations in America, attracting millions of tourists each year to incredible cities, fascinating deserts, and endless hours of pure sunshine. But in March it also plays hosts to one of the nation’s most prestigious tennis tournaments, the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells (Click here for tickets!). Here is a first timers guide to some of the area’s attractions.


Indian Wells, home to great tennis and natural beauty! – (Photo Credit: © Carl Grant)

Play a round of pristine golf – The Coachella Valley is home to many fabulous golf resorts. For sports enthusiasts looking for the ultimate courses, look no further than here. Because of the great and consistent weather, golfers can head to Indian Wells with the knowledge that they’ll find a perfect course to enjoy!

Joshua Tree National Park – Complete with some of the most incredible desert fauna on the planet, this park is the perfect escape into nature! Visitors can hike, camp, or even just drive through the 1,200 square mile park that captures the true essence of the desert.


One of the many Joshua trees in the park! – (Photo Credit: © Paraflyer)

The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens – A nearby way to embrace nature in the Palm Desert lies in this wonderful zoo, featuring a plethora of fantastic animals like bobcats, bearded dragons, coyotes, and other fascinating creatures that roam the desert. Set in beautiful gardens and plants, this is a wonderful window in which to view the area.

Visit Salvation Mountain – One of the neatest things in the area is this artistic creation roughly 1 hour away from Indian Wells. With a brilliant decoration adoring the mound, the site has become one of folk art’s greatest creations. While Christian in its design, the attraction has become a haven to those seeking inspiration and unique, alternative forms of creative art.


The art of Salvation Mountain – (Photo Credit: © Scott Lowe)

Take a day trip to one of California’s major cities – The Palm Desert is just a few hours’ drive from both San Diego and Los Angeles, two of the greatest cities in America. One could go on for hours describing these locations, but designating a few days of your trip to exploring such a place is usually a splendid idea.  Famous beaches, top notch shows, championship-winning sports teams, and big city culture; the possibilities are endless!


The sites of Hollywood are just two hours west of Indian Wells! – (Photo Credit: © Rupert Ganzer)

Embrace the shopping – Because it attracts so many retirees and travelers, the area is also home to some amazing shopping! Widely known areas like the El Paseo Shopping Center, Old Town La Quinta, and The River at Rancho Mirage will ensure that you’ll be leaving BNP Paribas with some exciting new items and a world class experience.  Great dining also pervades these picturesque malls…


Shoppers at Desert Hills Premium Outlets – (Photo Credit: © LA Times)

Visit Cabot’s Pueblo Museum – Built with an Indian-inspired design in the 1940’s by Cabot Yerxa, this incredible home is now a museum of art, local history, and beautiful architectural design. This is a wonderful way to get a taste of the local and historical Palm Springs culture!


The splendor of Cabot’s Pueblo! – (Photo Credit: © Don Graham)

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Nicholas Spiller

Nicholas Spiller

Nicholas Spiller has enjoyed the sport of tennis for many years.An enthusiast who covers all major sports, he finds tennis to be one of the most pleasant and inspirational games around to watch. He also spends his time as a musician in Los Angeles.
Nicholas Spiller

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