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Photograph: Courtesy Marion Brenner/Sunnylands

Time Out says

Sunnylands, the former winter retreat for the wealthy Annenberg family and a popular summit space for decades of presidents, resides on a 200-acre plot of irrigated desert in Rancho Mirage. Though much of that space is occupied by a nine-hole golf course, 12 acres have been dedicated to public gardens and a visitor center with a rotating selection of artwork from the Annenberg collection. Tours of the mansion are available but regularly sell out months in advance.



Address: 37977 Bob Hope Dr
Rancho Mirage
Price: Free; house tour $48
Opening hours: Thu-Sun 8:30am-4pm
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It's free to park and wander at the gardens, and definitely worth it. There are plenty of shaded benches that are perfect for hunkering down with a good book amidst some of the desert's most beautiful, and well-manicured, flora. If you want to take a tour of the house, make a reservation in advance - otherwise there's no planning needed.