Palm 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.
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
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.
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.