A luxurious lifestyle meets a playful landscape in Rancho Mirage. Several past U.S. Presidents, including Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, and Barack Obama, have unplugged here, finding peace amid the palm trees and earning the city the nickname “playground of presidents.” And it truly is a playground. Kids can explore more than 80 hands-on exhibits at the Children’s Museum of the Desert; couples can reach for the stars at the city’s new state-of-the-art observatory, where a research-grade CDK 300 telescope allows visitors to gaze into distant galaxies; and families can shop, dine, and catch a flick all in the same day at Greater Palm Springs’ only waterfront shopping and entertainment hub, The River.
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Rancho Mirage hotels and resorts are equally playful. Zip down a 100-foot waterslide at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, or channel your inner kid with miniature golf at Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa. For dinner with a view — one of the best in the Coachella Valley — book a table at The Edge Steakhouse. The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage restaurant is perched on the edge of a cliff and enveloped in glass. And Sunnylands is a must for history buffs. Tour the historic estate, which has welcomed world leaders and even royalty since the 1960s, or wander through the adjacent Center & Gardens, where some 70 species of native and arid-adapted plants adorn the lushly landscaped grounds and create a super chill setting for walking or meditating.
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