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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Glide over cliffs, wildlife and several vegetation zones as this glass-enclosed ride carries you up dramatic mountainsides.

Francis Crocker’s vision for the Aerial Tramway first came about in the mid-1930s, although construction didn’t commence until 1960. Helicopters undertook more than 20,000 missions to deposit materials and workers on the mountain during the 26 months of construction. Since then, this engineering wonder has carried over 12 million visitors to the lofty heights of San Jacinto Mountain.

Although the actual ride from the floor of the Coachella Valley to the San Jacinto Mountain Station lasts just over 10 minutes, exploring this area deserves at least a few hours: the many hikes and views waiting at the top are sublime.

As you make the 5,873-foot (1,790-meter) ascent, the tram car completes two slow revolutions, providing a 360-degree panoramic view of the area. To the east, you’ll see Palm Springs and the Joshua Tree National Park. To the north are San Bernardino National Park and the San Gorgonio Mountain.

When disembarking at the Mountain Station, a viewing platform provides further photo opportunities. On a clear day, you’ll see the Salton Sea to the southeast, and possibly as far as Las Vegas and Mount Charleston to the north.  

For lunch or dinner, make a reservation at the Peaks Restaurant atop the mountain. There are spectacular views and the fine dining menu includes fresh produce sourced from the Coachella Valley below. There’s also a nice children’s menu. For something more informal, grab a coffee and snack in the adjoining Pines Café. 

During the busy warmer months, it’s advisable to buy tickets for the tram in advance from the website. The downside is that tickets are for a specific day and non-transferable, which may not be ideal if the weather is disagreeable.

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Valley Station is a four-mile (6.5-kilometer) drive west of central Palm Springs. Free parking is available. The attraction is open daily (including holidays), with a tram car departing every half-hour.


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Hilton Palm Springs Resort

Hilton Palm Springs Resort

400 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Palm Springs, this spa resort is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza Theatre and San Jacinto Mountains. Palm Springs Convention Center and Palm Springs Art Museum are also within 15 minutes.

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    Palm Mountain Resort and Spa

    Palm Mountain Resort and Spa

    155 S Belardo Road, Palm Springs, CA
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Palm Springs, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of San Jacinto Mountains and Palm Springs Art Museum. Palm Springs Convention Center and Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      Hyatt Palm Springs £143
      Hyatt Palm Springs

      Hyatt Palm Springs

      285 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Palm Springs, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of O'Donnell Golf Club, Palm Springs Art Museum and San Jacinto Mountains. Palm Springs Convention Center is 0.6 mi (1 km) away.

        7 Springs Inn & Suites £73
        7 Springs Inn & Suites

        7 Springs Inn & Suites

        950 N Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Uptown Design District, this condominium resort is within 1 mile (2 km) of O'Donnell Golf Club, Palm Springs Convention Center and San Jacinto Mountains. Palm Springs Art Museum is 1 mi (1.7 km) away.

          Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel £184
          Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel

          Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel

          100 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Palm Springs, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Palm Springs Art Museum and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Palm Springs Visitor Center. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and Big League Dreams Sports Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).

            Lazy C Ranch - Pool, Animals, Desert Ranch Experience
            Lazy C Ranch - Pool, Animals, Desert Ranch Experience

            Lazy C Ranch - Pool, Animals, Desert Ranch Experience

            88 Lazy C Ranch Rd, Palm Springs, CA
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Palm Springs, this holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from San Jacinto Mountains and within 6 miles (10 km) of Palm Springs Visitor Center and Desert Highland Park. Desert Regional Medical Center - ER Ambulance Bay and Ruth Hardy Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).

              Lazy C Ranch
              Lazy C Ranch

              Lazy C Ranch

              88 Lazy C Ranch Rd, Palm Springs, CA
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in the mountains, this ranch is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from San Jacinto Mountains and within 6 miles (10 km) of Palm Springs Visitor Center and Desert Highland Park. Desert Regional Medical Center - ER Ambulance Bay and Ruth Hardy Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).

                Tuscany Vista
                Tuscany Vista

                Tuscany Vista

                2255 N Milo Dr, Palm Springs, CA
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Chino Canyon, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Palm Springs Visitor Center and San Jacinto Mountains. Palm Springs Art Museum is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.