From homesteaders and pioneers to presidents and Hollywood celebrities, Greater Palm Springs has long attracted a wide variety of residents and visitors -- and there's no better way to dig into this SoCal oasis' storied past than with a virtual tour! Explore some of our favorite local museums with Wander List host Anndee Laskoe on this virtual tour of the Coachella Valley History Museum, Cabot's Pueblo Museum and Sunnylands Estate.
Although our destination attractions are temporarily closed, we invite you to enjoy a virtual experience through our Wander List series.
Coachella Valley History Museum
Let's start at the roots of this Southern California oasis with a stop at the Coachella Valley History Museum. Originally built in 1926, this historic site offers glimpses into Greater Palm Springs' past at every turn. Wander through time with Anndee to see historic novelties including a 1909 schoolhouse and the world's only date museum. Learn about the native Cahuilla tribe that originally called the Coachella Valley home, and hear the stories of the pioneers who worked to make Greater Palm Springs what it is today.
Cabot's Pueblo Museum
Speaking of pioneers, no local history tour is complete without a virtual stop to Cabot's Pueblo Museum. Homesteader, innovator and activist Cabot Yerxa is credited with discovering the natural hot and cold water aquifers that run under Desert Hot Springs, and his whimsical homestead remains a town treasure to this day. Take a tour with Anndee as she offers a peek inside this spectacular landmark, from its entirely hand-built pueblo structure to the menagerie of reclaimed odds and ends that fill it. There's nothing quite like this quirky homestead.
Your final stop on this Greater Palm Springs history tour brings you into the later half of the 20th century with a virtual stop at Sunnylands. Known as the "Camp David of the West," this iconic pink-walled estate has hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra and President Barack Obama, with plenty of historic meetings in-between. Take a rare look inside this historic compound as Anndee takes you behind the pink walls and into the heart of the Sunnylands Estate in Rancho Mirage.