24 hours in Rancho Mirage

Rancho Mirage library, observatory, architecture

Maybe your short trip is deliberate, or maybe you’re just stopping in for a quick stay en route elsewhere, or you’re here in greater Palm Springs but with work to do. Palm Springs, California and the surrounding areas have endless things to do, so it isn’t hard to plan a fun 24-hour getaway. Below are some suggestions on how to spend 24 hours in Rancho Mirage.

24 hours in Rancho Mirage

Also southeast of Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage is another excellent little area to spend 24 hours in. Less cluttered than other regions, there are plenty of great views and things to do in this quaint area.

Take a Driving Tour of Rancho Mirage’s most famous buildings: Rancho Mirage architecture tour

Outstanding examples of modernist architecture and marvelous mid-century designs all on open display in the “secret” architectural hot spot of Rancho Mirage.

While Palm Springs gets much of the attention when it comes to architectural marvels and celebrity homes, Rancho Mirage has nearly as much prestige! Take in outstanding examples of modernist architecture, marvel at the mid-century designs, and see some of the celebrity homes that are on display by taking Modern Tours Palm Springs’ Rancho Mirage Driving Tour.

Hike, run & enjoy the outdoors

Hikers and runners visiting Rancho Mirage can enjoy the Chuckwalla Trail, which is a short 2.1-mile hike that provides an excellent view. Early morning visits are better since the desert heat can be brutal in the afternoon, but this trail is great because you can go as far or as short as you would like. If you’re looking for a more difficult hike, the Bump and Grind Trail is 4-miles long and is usually more crowded than the Chuckwalla Trail.

Shop The River

The River at Rancho Mirage, also known as the River Mall, houses not only several restaurants and stores such as Bath and Body Works, but also entertainment opportunities including an escape room and a Cinemark movie theater.

The Children’s Discovery Museum is absolutely worth a visit if you’re traveling with children, as it meshes fun with learning through exhibits that vary throughout the year.

Rancho Mirage library, observatory, architecture

Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory

See the architecture of the Library & Observatory

The Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory is a great place for both children and adults, as it is much more than just books. It also hosts conferences, social functions, tours, and viewing sessions at the observatory. It’s worth a short walk around the property just to see the beautiful building and how it interacts with the desert environment. It’s a fun stop for photography buffs.

There are plenty of restaurants around, but if you’re craving classic American fare, Shame On The Moon Restaurant is one of the most loved places in Rancho Mirage because it is priced fairly and has a very friendly environment. It also serves up classic fare made with time-tested recipes. While the decor might be a little dated, the food is outstanding.

ritz carlton rancho mirage

Sunset at the Ritz Carleton

Sit, Sip, Sunset: drinks at the Ritz

If you’re feeling fancy, you can stay at the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage after seeing a show at the Desert Rose Playhouse or the outdoor Rancho Mirage Amphitheater. Not so flush with cash? Drive up the winding road to the Ritz Carleton anyhow and head inside for drinks at one of the hotel’s bars. Sit, sip and watch the sunset before all the twinkling lights of the valley start to sparkle.



Palm Springs Traveller Staff