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10 Palm Springs Vacation Ideas that won't break the Bank   by Chad Rutt

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This California town is quickly becoming a favorite for vacationers in all seasons, so no matter if it's winter or summer, or if your budget is large or small, these Palm Springs vacation ideas will save you money and maximize your time. 

East coast dwellers don't worry, with the money you can make up for some of the money that is spent to get out to this sunny spot with some very inexpensive and many free activities and events. Enjoy the surrounding sites and locations just like the locals do and save your money for an extended and relaxed stay. 

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Below are some of the best and most cost effective things to do in Palm Springs: 

1. Try a walk out to Palm Canyon. This is a great hike in the winter especially and is, not to mention, totally free. Get your exercise done in a scenic environment and enjoy a romantic walk with your special someone or a family outing that is sure to get your heart pumping. 

2. Witness the rare wildlife of the Coachella Valley Preserve. This 20,000 acre property is home to many rare species that cannot otherwise be seen. 

3. Take in the sights and smells of the Moorten Botanical Garden. You can see tons of different flowers and cacti as well as stroll your way through the scenic trails. Learn about the different species of plants while seeing prime specimens. 

4. Dive into the unique culture of the area while learning about the Cahuilla Indians that are native to these lands. The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum outlines the history of the specific band of this Indian tribe that once roamed the lands. 

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5. Slowly take your car through Palm Canyon Drive and make an evening out of the views and maybe stop in at some of the famous stops on the way. Bring a meal and picnic in the car as you witness scenery that beats the pants of off television. 

6. Try out the Palm Springs Art Museum for a taste of the local natural science, paintings, and even performing arts. There are so many different types of creative displays there is something to appeal to every preference. 

7. It may not be Hollywood but the Palm Springs Walk of Stars is the spot where you can get in on less known stars of today and yesteryear. You can see the stars named incased in the outer walk way of the Canyon Drive location. 

8. Big Morongo Canyon Preserve and Trail. This nature centered location is great for viewing rare species of birds while walking the incredible trails. 

9. Visit the Aerial Rotating Tram. The tickets are fairly reasonable for the experience and the view is to die for. 

10. Newport Landing is the ideal spot for fishing and whale watching. See some of the largest creatures in the entire world in their natural habitat. Get the most out of your vacation with these money saving Palm Springs vacation ideas!

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About the Author - Chad Rutt is the Director of Marketing for the online lodging site and the Managing Editor of its accompanying Vacation Blog.
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7 Springs Inn & Suites Palm Springs
The 7 Springs Inn & Suites is a boutique-style hotel located less than one mile from shopping, world-class restaurants, nightclubs and casinos in Palm Springs, Calif. The Ruth Hardy Park, featuring lighted tennis courts with bleachers, a playground and water-spouting turtle features, is two blocks away. This hotel is set against the backdrop of the San Jacinto Mountain Range. The hotel's renovation, completed in 2003, transformed the property from a 1960s-era motel to 21st-century lodging. Two grassy courtyards surrounded by gardens offer barbecue grills and tables with umbrellas. Complimentary wireless Internet access is offered in the lobby, and fax and photocopy services are available. A centralized tropical courtyard features a heated pool and lounge chairs. The inn also offers spa tubs and a sauna.
Caliente Tropics Hotel Palm Springs
Caliente Tropics Resort - RoomCaliente Tropics Resort Palm Springs is one of the last fully preserved and greatest examples of the classic Polynesian-styled hotels of the 1960s! Our Polynesian and Tiki Playground feature upscale, boutique-styled guestrooms with custom furnishings. Our exterior has been made over to celebrate the original mid-century look when the resort opened in 1964 - a true Palm Springs icon. Our Polynesian personality is reflected not only in our architecture, but in the accouterments as well. Caliente Tropics offers a great opportunity to lounge in the pool and spa area, or enjoy the Palm Springs sun. 
Palm Court Inn Palm Springs
Located on world-famous Palm Canyon Drive at the foot of the San Jacinto mountains, this hotel is one mile from Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, downtown shops, galleries, restaurants and casino. Palm Court Inn features fabulous mountain views. The property has an outdoor pool and spa tub. This hotel provides complimentary Continental breakfasts of pastries, juice and coffee. The hotel features meeting rooms and a restaurant. All 108 rooms feature cable television. Select rooms include views of the pool, balcony or mountains. 
Palm Mountain Resort & Spa Palm Springs
In the heart of Palm Springs, California is the Palm Mountain Resort - an intimate, charming retreat at the foot of the snow-capped San Jacinto Mountains. These mountains shelter the resort from the warm desert breezes and provide a striking backdrop to the hotel. Palm Mountain has the perfect location, casual elegance, select amenities and attentive service. With all the activities in Palm Springs, none surpasses sunbathing. The hotel's palm tree-lined pool terrace is the focal point of Palm Mountain. This oasis of sun, fun and color has comfortable sun loungers and a spa. For the fitness- minded, Palm Mountain is located in an area of Palm Springs that's great for a morning walk or jog. day in Palm Springs is made better by visiting the sights: the Desert Museum, Soak City Water Park, Indian Canyons and, of course, the breathtaking Aerial Tramway. 
Palm Springs Travelodge
Renovated in 2008, the Travelodge Palm Springs, stands just two miles from downtown Palm Springs . Palm Springs Art Museum is two miles away and just one-half mile further, is the Palm Springs Convention Center. Palm Springs International Airport is three-and-one-half miles from the hotel. This property features two pools and a spa tub. On-site amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access. Complimentary continental breakfasts and on-site recreational activities are also available. The Travelodge Palm Springs has 157 remodeled guestrooms with modern furniture, tables, desks and chairs. Rooms include refrigerators. This pet-friendly property allows two pets weighing less than 35 pounds apiece. 
Parker Palm Springs
Set amidst palm trees and landscaped gardens, Le Parker Méridien Palm Springs is an oasis set in the majestic desert. Pioneered by Hollywood stars from the 1930s to 1970s, Palm Springs remains a major cultural hub with iconic architecture and stimulating artistic venues. The guest rooms and private villas reflect the hotelís unique topography in one of the worldís most scenic deserts. The hotel is just a short distance from some of the celebrated sites of Palm Springs, including the Agua Caliente Indian Canyons and the Palm Springs Desert Museum. With two indoor and two outdoor pools, clay tennis courts, and Pilates and yoga classes, Le Parker Méridien Palm Springs is ideal for the active guest. The hotelís Palm Springs Yacht Club offers massages, hydrotherapy treatments, and other spa services.
Riviera Resort & Spa - A Noble House Resort Palm Springs
The Riviera Resort & Spa in Palm Springs draws from the best Palm Springs resorts of all genres to create a theater of relaxation, rejuvenation and indulgence amid world-class golf, shopping and vistas. Strut or lounge like nowhere else, in a tented oasis of cool sparkling pools, intimate fire pits and themed gardens, catered to by eager, international service personnel who anticipate desires. Plucked from the stuff of dreams, this is nirvana for meditation, celebration, celebrity sightings, and bride-and-groom bliss. Whisk your senses to the four corners of the world in a California spa resort, both in the exotic and Indonesian-, Thai-inspired SpaTerre and through a signature and redefining fine dining experience that elevates tastes and entertains the spirit.
Royal Sun Inn Palm Springs
The Royal Sun Inn, in Palm Springs, Calif., is located two miles from the convention center in downtown Palm Springs and three miles from Palm Springs International Airport and the aerial tramway. Amenities include complimentary continental breakfasts, a heated pool and complimentary public wireless Internet access throughout the inn. Guests can grill in the picnic area, work out in the fitness center and receive limited-hour front desk services. Corporate travelers can appreciate the inn's business conveniences including fax and photocopying services. This three-story inn has a non-smoking policy that applies to all 62 non-smoking guestrooms and four suites.
Viceroy Palm Springs
Set at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains in the heart of Palm Springs, a distinctive boutique hotel and spa. Designed in a modern interpretation of the Hollywood Regency style, the Viceroy Palm Springs features private villas, artistically manicured grounds and three refreshing pools. The resort is perfect for a luxurious spa getaway, special event or intimate wedding celebration. The hotel is located minutes from all the activities in downtown Palm Springs and the Palm Springs Airport.
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