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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

1. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

From top to bottom, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway delivers a scenic and educational journey as you travel through 5 transitional zones. Some have compared it to taking a ride from Mexico to Alaska in just 10 minutes. See for yourself as you ride up to the top, where spectacular views await! The 2.5 mile (4 kilometer) ride from the Valley Station (elevation 2,643 feet, or 805 meters) to the Mountain Station (elevation 8,516 feet, or 2,596 meters) transports you from the warm desert sands to cool mountain air, with temperatures that are generally 30-degrees cooler than on the ground. The tramway is the threshold of the 14,000-acre Mt. San Jacinto State Park, a natural place with some of the last pristine wilderness in Southern California. In the winter, try cross-county skiing or snowshoeing. Rental equipment is available at the Adventure Cether, snow conditions permitting. During the summer months, camping, guided nature walks, and 54 miles (87 kilometers) of hiking are available. There are 2 dining options at the Mountain Station: Peaks Restaurant offers upscale contemporary cuisine with a spectacular view of the desert floor, and Pines Cafe is a cafeteria-style restaurant that offers a casual dining experience. Also at the top are gift shops, a Natural History Museum, and 2 documentary-style movies on the history of the tramway and the Mt. San Jacinto State Park.

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What people are saying about Palm Springs

The experience was breathtaking. Especially now that there's snow on top. The views where amazing. BUT.. I would recommend using the original website since your website didn't provide a time that we can choose from. The wait was going to be 4 to 5 hrs since we didn't have an assigned time. Lucky for the staff onsite they were able to accommodate us because we had driven over 3 hrs to this site.

Just a neat ride up on the tram and were rewarded with so really beautiful views. Also the way the schedule was set up there was never a feeling of being rushed. Just a bit of a surprise that we were stuck with an $8 parking fee on top of a $27 tickets.

When you get up to the top, you are able to stay from 10-8pm either hike, eat at the restaurant, gift shop, theater and is beautiful.

The mountain views were amazing. The elevation was much higher than anticipated but worth it. We were extremely pleased.

It is a definitely must do the views are amazing and the experience is one of a kind