A must for any Palm Springs visit is to board the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway , the world’s largest rotating tramcar, and experience a breathtaking journey up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon.  It begins with the 10 minute ride at the Valley Station – elevation 2,643 feet and ends at the Mountain Station – elevation 8,516 feet. Visitors will see the entire Coachella Valley, gain access to 50 miles of hiking trails and more. This is a one-of-a-kind experience that makes Palm Springs like no place else.

[Did you know? The mountain climb traverses five climate zones.]

[Tip: For an easy leg-stretch through the pines, try the 3/4-mile Discovery Trail loop or the 1.5-mile Desert View Trail, offering sweeping vistas of the Coachella Valley way below.]

Go on safari…right here in Southern California at The Living Desert Zoo And Gardens which has a remarkable zoo and botanical garden representing the desert environments of North America and Africa, The Living Desert offers over 1200 protected acres, 450 wild animals, live animal shows, kids’ play park, tranquil gardens, model train exhibit, hiking trails, tram rides and more. Visitors experience true oasis of family fun and education of the Western US deserts.

Cool down at Wet ‘n’ Wild Palm Springs water park, a great option for families. Filled with 13 refreshing water rides and attractions, Wet ‘n’ Wild is a 16-acre oasis that offers family fun for a full day.

When driving into the beautiful Coachella Valley, one of the most striking sights you will see is the vast array of wind turbines that sprout from the desert floor. Schedule a tour of these iconic windmills and get an introduction to the weather and geology of the area, learn why windmills were built in California, and why the wind blows the way it does in this mountain pass. Your guide will even explain how some of the native plants were used by the local Cahuilla Indians.

For the adventurous, see the sites in an open air Jeep. Best of the Best tours and Desert Adventures offer all-inclusive tours that includes the Indian Canyons, celebrity homes of Palm Springs, and a windmill tour. 

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