From the star-studded action on court at the BNP Paribas Open to the luxurious shopping and dining of El Paseo Drive, Indian Wells has all the makings for a perfect getaway. There's an unbeatable number of golf courses, tennis courts and scenic hikes for the more adventurous visitor.
One must-see attraction for any trip to the California desert is the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. It's the world’s largest aerial tramway, taking visitors up the San Jacinto mountains of the Coachella Valley, offering stunning views of the desert oasis and hiking trails for outdoor enthusiasts.
For even more beautiful scenery in the desert mountains, travelers can go for an early morning hike up the Bump and Grind Hiking Trail.
There is more fun for fans of the outdoors as the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in Palm Desert offers an up close and intimate zoo experience with over 1,000 different species, including many animals native exclusively to the desert.
There are countless resorts offering many amenities to visitors such as golf, tennis, spa treatments and pools. Some standout resorts in the Palm Springs area are the La Quinta Resort and Club, a favorite of the players at the BNP Paribas Open and the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa.
The California desert attracts thousands of visitors in April each year for the world-famous music festival Coachella, a two-weekend event featuring some of the biggest names in music and bringing many young people to the region.
For any tennis fan, the BNP Paribas Open is a bucket list tournament to attend. With its unique status as the unofficial “Fifth Slam” and award-winning ATP Masters 1000 and a WTA Premier Mandatory, the players love their time in the California desert and so do the fans. Spectators are able to get up close and personal with the stars at practice courts and near the the warm-up soccer field.
The fan experience at the BNP Paribas Open includes fine dining available on-site, with Spago by Wolfgang Puck and Nobu overlooking the courts on Stadium 1 and 2, respectively. There's also everything from hamburgers and fires to tacos and poke bowls around the grounds.
Fans and players also get to soak up the beauty of Tennis Paradise in Full Bloom, as the tournament has dubbed its efforts to add even more flowers and greenery to the site. There's no lack of action all day long with two huge stadiums and seven intimate outside match courts, complete with unbeatable, sunny weather.
It's not hard to see why tennis players and fans enjoy their annual visits to Indian Wells so much.