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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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The Riviera Palm Springs, a Tribute Portfolio Resort $107
The Riviera Palm Springs, a Tribute Portfolio Resort

The Riviera Palm Springs, a Tribute Portfolio Resort

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    3.5
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    The Riviera Palm Springs, gives you easy access to many activities and things to do in Palm Springs, including magnificent hiking, unique jeep tours, museums and world-class shopping. While visiting, choose from many area Palm Springs attractions and shopping malls. Play golf on several nearby championship golf courses.

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    285 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs
       
      4.0
      of 5, from 1,814 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      On Palm Canyon Drive, this all-suite hotel is within 2 blocks of Palm Springs Follies, Palm Springs Art Museum, Spa Resort Casino, shopping, and near over 40 restaurants and nightclubs.

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      Palm Springs Inn

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      2525 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs
         
        3.3
        of 5, from 456 reviews
        2.0 out of 5.0

        Situated near the airport, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Palm Springs Visitor Center and Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. San Jacinto Mountains and Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        Ivy Palm Resort & Spa $70
        Ivy Palm Resort & Spa

        Ivy Palm Resort & Spa

        2000 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs
           
          3.5
          of 5, from 973 reviews
          2.0 out of 5.0

          The budget-friendly Ivy Palm Resort & Spa is within 2 miles of downtown Palm Springs and the convention center. The Palm Springs Aerial Tram is about 4 miles away, and 9 golf courses are within 5 miles.

          Quiet Lovely Condo/apartment. The City of Palm Springs ID # is 3455
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            4.6
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            Located in Palm Springs, this beachfront property is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Palm Springs Visitor Center and Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. San Jacinto Mountains and Desert Highland Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            Chic Condo Moments from Downtown by RedAwning
            Chic Condo Moments from Downtown by RedAwning

            Chic Condo Moments from Downtown by RedAwning

            2857 N. Los Felices Road, Palm Springs
               
              3.5 out of 5.0

              Situated in Palm Springs, this condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Palm Springs Visitor Center and Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. San Jacinto Mountains and Desert Highland Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Luxury for Less! NEW End Unit-mountain & Pool Views! Cable & Wi-fi!
              Luxury for Less! NEW End Unit-mountain & Pool Views! Cable & Wi-fi!

              Luxury for Less! NEW End Unit-mountain & Pool Views! Cable & Wi-fi!

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                4.3
                of 5, from 16 reviews
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                Palm Mountain Resort and Spa

                Palm Mountain Resort and Spa

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                  3.8
                  of 5, from 2,061 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in the heart of Palm Springs, this resort is adjacent to Palm Canyon Drive, the city's main cultural and shopping thoroughfare.