Travel Matters: Plan Your Staycation in Indian Wells

Residents of Indian Wells know that our City is not only a great place for tourists to visit, but also offers plenty of opportunities for you to plan your very own staycation. Here are some activities for you to try this summer as you take in all our City has to offer:


Have you tried all the staples of Indian Wells cuisine? Here is a sampling of some of the most well-known eateries in our City:

Vue Grille & Bar


Vicky’s of Santa Fe

IW Coffee

Don Diego’s

Frank’s Place

The Pink Cabana

Cafe Italia

The Nest

Kitchen Kitchen




Educational opportunities for all ages are located in and around our City:

The Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Gardens

The Living Desert is the only facility in the world dedicated to studying and preserving a single ecosystem. Voted one of the 10 best zoos in the U.S. by Condé Nast Traveler, the facility offers private safari tours, guided walking and behind-the-scenes tours and an extensive events/activities calendar.

Eisenhower Walk of Honor and Veterans Memorial

The 5,000 square foot exhibit pays tribute to General Dwight D. Eisenhower with a bronze bust set upon a red granite pentagon-shaped base. Five flags represent each branch of the armed services and a wellspring signifies the sacrifice made by all those who served. Two granite walls are inscribed with the names of more than 600 Indian Wells residents who served in the military.

Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert

The 18,000 square foot complex includes 50 interactive exhibits, multipurpose Dinah Shore Center, museum store, covered outdoor amphitheater, horticultural gardens and outdoor play areas.



Whether from the ground or air, view the desert in a whole new way:

Hot Air Balloon Rides

See the desert from an incomparable vantage point with a hot air balloon ride at sunrise or sunset.

 Indian Wells Hiking Trails

The City of Indian Wells has 3.6 miles of paved pathways for walking and biking. You can also enjoy over five miles of scenic paved and dirt pathways within The Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Gardens.



Treat yourself like the tourists do with a trip to one of the City’s many spas:

Agua Serena Spa

Spa services range from traditional massages and body treatments to therapeutic modalities, such as Shiatsu and Thai massage. The spa also offers a wide range of progressive skin care procedures and wellness programs at The Medical and Skin Spa.

Spa Esmeralda

Spa guests can partake in a variety of massage treatments, facial and body therapies and salon services. Special signature treatment includes the Lavender Dreams.

 The WELL Spa at Miramonte

Unique services found nowhere else in the Valley include a Bagno Vino (wine bath), Limon Vitale (lemon vitality) and Bella Body, which uses a warm gauze torso wrap.