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Palm Springs Tram

Palm Springs Tram

Palm Springs TramPalm Springs is a little desert oasis a couple of hours east of Los Angeles. While most people visit Palm Springs for the golf courses or as a pit spot during Coachella, the town is also one of the best places to view the beautiful deserts and seas (yes, seas) of southern California.

Palm Springs Tram

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The ride up the tram is absolutely beautiful but also a little terrifying. It takes about 10 minutes to get from the Valley Station (elevation = 2,643 ft.) to the the Mountain Station (elevation = 8,526 ft.). The ride offers incredible views of the surrounding valleys, seas, and mountains. While the ride might be a little scary if you're afraid of heights, the view at the top is absolutely worth it. I promise

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Once you get to the top of the tram, you can go explore miles (50+) of hiking trails throughout the Mount San Jacinto State Park. The park is home to San Jacinto Peak, which is the second highest point in Southern California. The peak is so high that you can see Las Vegas at night and Catalina Island on a clear, smog-free (ha!) day. If you get hungry you can grab some foo dat the restaurant at the top of the Mountain Station. Or, there are also picnic and BBQ areas up at the top if you're looking to snack while you check out the vistas.

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I highly recommend taking the tramway if you visit the city. The park offers both winter (sledding!) and summer (hiking!) activities and is only about $24 for a roundtrip.

Have you been visited Palm Springs or taken the Palm Springs Tram?

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Nicole is a treasure hunter and pup mama located in Seattle, Washington. Loves travel, politics, lifestyle, TV, & wine. She's an unapologetic SJW & feminist AF.

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  1. Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons
    3 years ago

    Albuquerque, New Mexico has a really similar tram that I used to love taking when I was younger! x

  2. Laura @ Laughter is Catching
    3 years ago

    i’ve been to palm Springs but never ridden the tram. Im back in San Diego again from Monday for a month so I might have to take a few days out for a trip!

  3. Megan Thudium
    3 years ago

    I’ve done this! It was a fun experience, but I enjoy visiting the other side of Mt. Jacinto where Idyllwild is.

  4. Megan MacNee
    3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. I grew up only about 50 miles from there but have never actually made it up the tram. I think I might have to change that the next time I go home. I love the desert. I think it’s one of the most beautiful places, especially those rocky hills they have out there.

  5. Elizabeth Mayberry
    3 years ago

    so beautiful!

  6. Food Booze & Baggage
    3 years ago

    Very cool!! I’ll have to see if I can talk P into it (he hates heights)…I’m not a fan either but it doesn’t bother me as much if it is enclosed. Palm Springs is on my California travel list!!

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