5 star rating: Highly Recommended 137 Reviews

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  • Location: Palm Springs, California
  • Duration:  Flexible
On a hot summer's day, one of the best things to do in Palm Springs is to take a ride from the dry desert floor with the Aerial Tramway, 5,873 feet up into the cool climate of the San Jacinto Mountains. Come and ascend into a pristine wilderness aboard the world's largest rotating tramcars! Truly one of the greatest experiences in Southern California!

Highlights

  • Tram Palm Springs
  • Take the Palm Springs tramway up 5,873 feet up into the cool climate of the San Jacinto Mountains
  • Spectacular views from the world's largest revolving cable car
  • At the top watch an 18-minute film on the history of the history and construction of the Tramway
  • The Mountain Station 3-story facility has a cocktail lounge, dining facilities, gift shop and observation decks

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What You Can Expect

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

The world's largest rotating tramcars carry visitors from an elevation of 2,643 feet to a Mountain Station located at the 8,516-foot level of Mt San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness. It has the steepest vertical cable rise in the U.S. and the second steepest in the world. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is truly one of the greatest experiences in Southern California.

What is remarkable about the ride, aside from the breathtaking views of the valley, is the change in temperature. At the bottom of the tram route, the temperature on the desert floor can reach 120 degrees. Rising up through mountain canyons and chimneys, you arrive in an arctic-alpine forest with giant Ponderosa pines. The thrilling vertical ascent gives you views of the Chino Canyon and the San Jacinto Mountains from the front of the car, while the Sonoran Desert is splayed out below from the rear of the car. Look to the top of Chino Canyon, snap a few photos, then look behind and below as you move from one ecological zone to another.

At the Mountain Station, you can walk from the car into the large, 3-story facility which has a cocktail lounge, dining facilities, gift shop and observation decks. The station theater features "Building on a Dream", an 18-minute film on the history of the history and construction of the Tramway. At the top you can also explore the 14,000-acre Mt. San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness Area, which has 54 miles of hiking trails, rustic campgrounds, and granite outcroppings providing clear views of the cities below.

During the winter months “mid-November to mid-April” you can strap on snowshoes or cross-country skis and head into the packed powder of a winter wonderland at the Top of the Tram. There are so many ways to enjoy the snow in the San Jacinto Mountains but snowshoeing is perhaps the most exhilarating family adventure. The Tramway’s Adventure Center (snow conditions permitting) is open for snowshoe and cross-country ski rentals.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

VERY BREATH TAKING

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Had an AWESOME time on the tramway. I'm afraid of heights so the glass surround and moving floor was a bit challenging for me but the views were absolutely amazing! So glad I did it. Make sure you set aside some time and hike some of the trails and explore nature at it's finest. Incredibly impressed!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great views and experience for very little price. A must do if you are in Palm Springs.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Me and my fiancee had a great time!Pleasant trip all in all.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

It was awesome. Went on May 8 and it was snowing. Was not too prepared but loved it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

While in Palm Springs, I went on the aerial tramway which is always a great experience. I also visited the Art Museum and Air Museum, both of which was well worth the visit. Since I like to gamble, I also visited the casinos in the Palm Springs area.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

I would recommend this tramway ride to everyone. I should be one of the marvels of the world, everyone needs to see.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very interesting and beautiful!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Really awesome. Well worth it!

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