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Palm Springs Modernism Week: Where to stop along the way




The Coachella Valley Savings and Loan #2, a landmark of mid-century architecture. Designed by E. Stewart Williams in 1960, the building is now occupied by Chase Bank. 
The Coachella Valley Savings and Loan #2, a landmark of mid-century architecture. Designed by E. Stewart Williams in 1960, the building is now occupied by Chase Bank. 
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The 10-day celebration of mid-century architecture and design known as Modernism Week kicks off  this Thursday in Palm Springs.

The festival features more than 100 events from home tours and lectures to double decker bus tours and a vintage travel trailer exhibition. One of those events is a slide show celebrating Palms Springs' wackier attractions hosted by none other than regular contributor, Charles Phoenix.

He's got some advice on what to do and see before you even get out there.

The Cabazon Dinosaurs

"If you stop there and you go in," says Phoenix, "you can actually go inside both of them. So if you know a five-year-old who loves dinosaurs, you have the perfect place to stop."

(credit: Flickr/slworking2)

Hadley Fruit Orchards

"Hadley's is THE oldest roadside attraction between Palm Springs and LA," says Phoenix, "Everybody loves their date shakes so much!"

(credit: Flickr/kthread)

(credit: Flickr/kthread)

Shields Date Farm

"That's the place where they have the famous little show in the little theatre, it's called, "The Romance and Sex Life of the Date," says Phoenix. "It's like a little video that they show that shows how Mr Shields and Mrs Shields hybridized dates."

(credit: Flickr/Nemo's great uncle)