Looking to beat the California desert heat? The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is the best way to do so!
How can you beat that?
Being from the Rocky Mountain region, I wasn’t sure what to expect of this area of the California desert. Needless to say we were not at all disappointed by our experience on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway or the natural environment it led to.
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Not only does a trip up the tram offer a major temperature reduction, but it also offers a great change of scenery and pace.
Because we visited Palm Springs in the middle of summer, we were able to enjoy the smaller off-season crowds. Our trip up the tram was at the tail end of a busy holiday weekend. However, the lines were still manageable and service was friendly and prompt.
The trams move quickly up the face of the mountain, taking just 10 minutes to reach the top. The coolest thing is that the trams continually rotate 360 degrees during 2.5 mile journey. This super smooth movement allows for amazing views of the Coachella valley and mountainside.Love mountains? Take the @pstramway where you can literally revolve around them! The world's largest rotating tramway transports you to a whole other level! @palmspringsCA @visitCA Click To Tweet
Feeling the temperature drop is one thing, but the view from the top is out of this world!
The first thing greeting you when you arrive at the Mountain Station are the impressive views and cool mountain air. Equally impressive are the height of the trees making up the San Jacinto Forest. This is a great change of scenery from the barren desert landscape below.
Concrete ramps give way to earthy trails, taking visitors out into the woods. Moderate walking throughout these various nature trails provides great outdoor activity and exercise.
The trails also take you to 5 notches which provide amazing views, but number 3 was definitely our favorite. What a beautiful spot to sit and ponder for a bit!
This area is the perfect place to connect with nature for a few hours. During our hike, we saw plenty of people practicing yoga, working on art, or getting ready to rock climb. They also offer guided nature walks twice daily.
Did I mention you can cap off your adventure with everything the stations have to offer?
If all that walking causes you to work up an appetite, there are dining and beverage services at both tram stations. But really the view from the top is the best to enjoy a little drink followed by some souvenir shopping.
What to wear
I was surprised at some of the attire I saw at the top of the mountain, particularly flip flops and high heels. If you are planning on going on one of the nature trails, I recommend shoes with decent traction. Be sure to wear dark colors as the trails and many of the perches with sweeping views are dusty spots. We did fine in short sleeve tops, you may want to also bring a light jacket as it can be about 20 to 30 degrees colder or more at the top of the mountain. Be sure to check the forecast. Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat are also highly recommended.
So what are you waiting for?
Now is the perfect time to add the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to your travel itinerary. With close proximity to so many major cities in the desert Southwest, a trip to Palm Springs is the perfect getaway for a long weekend!