Top Things To See & Do When Heading to Coachella

by Madeleine Borgersen

Lucky enough to be heading to Coachella this year? Here are the top things to see and do while you’re at it.

Top Things To See & Do When Heading to CoachellaIf you’re one of the thousands of Coachella-goers lucky enough to have scored a ticket you’ll want to make the most of your trip. Here are the top things to see and do in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley to really beef up that iconic trip.

Experience the outdoors

No trip to California is complete without experiencing the diverse countryside it’s known for. Think hiking through Joshua Tree, visiting the Cholla Cactus Gardens at sunset (perfect instagram filler!) or head to the Keys View lookout to take in the view of the Coachella Valley.

Be inspired by history

  • Salvation Mountain is a man-made mountain covered in gallons of paint. The folk art
    masterpiece has been growing over the last 28 years. Be warned, it’s in the middle of
    nowhere so make sure you have plenty of food and the car’s fuel tank is full.
  • Fulfil childhood dreams by visiting gigantic dinosaurs. Located approximately 40 minutes from Coachella Valley, visitors come face to face with Dinny the Dinosaur and Mr. Rex. The fake 150-ton Brontosaurus and 100-ton Tyrannosaurus Rex are iconic landmarks of the
    Californian roadside culture.
  • Visit the Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway on Palm Springs, the location that Elvis and Priscilla
    Presley spent their honeymoon. For travellers hoping to visit ‘heart break hotel’ (see what we did there), book a tour in advance or attend one of the specially organised events to celebrate the honeymoon, life and death of Elvis Presley.
  • For art lovers, there is no better place than Palm Springs Art Museum. An eclectic mix of Native American collections, regional art and contemporary sculptures, this hidden gem also offers music, dance and theatre performances.
    Shop and eat like a local
  • Attendees of the Coachella Music and Arts festival are known for their Woodstock-esque fashion, bohemian vibes and eccentric outfits. Embrace the Coachella vibe by visiting some of the favourite local hot-spots for op-shop finds.
  • Gypsyland is every op-shoppers dream. Filled to the brim with vintage treasures and unique one-off pieces, festival-goers will be sure to find their Coachella outfit at Gypsyland.
  • Every Thursday night the Palm Springs Village Festival street fair is held on Palm Canyon Drive. Three city blocks are filled with street entertainment, art, food and shopping.
  • For true American food visit King’s Highway Diner. Described as ‘refined diner fare with a desert flare’, experience local delights such as corn fritters, black lentil soup and a delicious key lime pie.

Festival reminders

  • Camping – It’s popular to camp onsite. If you’re going to camp, remember not to leave
    valuable items in the tent. Carry important items such as passports, phones and cameras on
    you at all times.
  • Essentials – The festival is located in the desert so remember to pack lots of water and any
    other essential items that may be needed such as sunscreen, earplugs, tissues (the toilet paper always runs out at festivals) and camping gear.
    The Indian Canyons are a nature lover’s dream, featuring more than 160 kilometres of
    hiking and horse trails, panoramic views and a huge 18-metre waterfall. Plus, the canyons
    are only a 30-minute drive from the Coachella Valley.
  • Insurance – With Coachella Music and Arts festival just around the corner, don’t forget to invest in comprehensive travel insurance before embarking on a trip. It is also advised that travellers take a copy or two of their insurance policy details and ensure emergency contact numbers are accessible throughout the trip – just in case you need it!