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Palm Springs Modernism Week: What to do when you get into town

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A tourist looks up the skirt of a massive Marilyn Monroe statue in downtown Palm Springs, Calif. Grant Slater/KPCC

Modernism Week kicks off this Thursday in Palm Springs. The 10-day celebration of mid-century architecture and design features more than 100 events from home tours to a vintage travel trailer exhibition.

Our friend Charles Phoenix is a part of the festivities with a slide show celebrating Palms Springs wackier attractions. But he's got a list of great, unusual things you can see and do once you arrive. 

Moorten Botanical Garden

"They have cactus, cactus, cactus EVERYWHERE!" says Phoenix. "The Cactorium is off the charts. It's basically a 1940's Quonset hut that is full of cactus."

(Credit: Flickr/Shoot into the sun)

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

"It's still like super-fun scary," says Phoenix. "It's one of those moments where you go, like, 'Are we going to die, here?'"

(Credit: Flickr/Kansas Sebastian)

Tonga Hut Palm Springs

"I'm very, very excited because Palm Springs is getting a new tiki bar," says Phoenix. "It's an offshoot of the Tonga Hut, which is in North Hollywood. I believe they're opening the night of the 15th."

(Credit: Tonga Hut)

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