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Discover all that Palm Springs has to offer, including stunning desert scenery, luxe celebrity homes and high-end shopping, during this 12-hour day trip from Los Angeles. Ascend into the mountains above town on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, enjoying the amazing landscape below. Then check out the unique flora and fauna at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Finish your day by admiring the exclusive celebrity homes along El Paseo and search for a few designer bargains at the Desert Hills Premium Outlets. Your trip also includes transport by air-conditioned coach, a guide, Palm Springs city tour, and entrance fees.


  • Day trip from Los Angeles to Palm Springs
  • Take a narrated city tour of Palm Springs with your guide
  • Enjoy a scenic aerial tram ride for amazing views of the desert and mountains
  • Pass homes of Hollywood stars in El Paseo, the Rodeo Drive of Palm Desert
  • Shop for great bargains on your favorite designers at Desert Hills Premium Outlets
  • Transport by comfortable air-conditioned coach

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What You Can Expect

Palm Springs and Outlet Shopping Day Trip from Los Angeles

Enjoy Spectacular Views from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Explore the unique desert landscapes, unexpected city sights and plentiful shopping available in Palm Springs during this full-day trip. It’s a fun chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles and explore the slower pace of life and wealth of amenities available in this desert city.

Begin your Palm Springs trip in the morning from either the Los Angeles Farmer’s Market or the Four Points by Sheraton in Culver City. Settle in to your seat on the air-conditioned coach that will drive you the 120 miles (193 kilometers) east out of the city of Palm Springs. 

You’ll start your day in this desert town with a guided sightseeing trip, covering local landmarks including the city’s many golf courses and the one-time homes of celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Barbara Streisand. Continue next to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. This sky-high attraction ascends nearly 6,000 feet (1,828 meters) from the desert floor, providing stunning aerial views of Palm Springs and near-vertical cliffs of nearby Chino Canyon.

After your time above the city on the Tramway, proceed to the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, a public zoo and botanical garden that provides insight into the wild diversity of life that inhabits the world’s driest places. Observe animals including mountain lions, coyotes, giraffes and zebras, plus less well-known creatures like the Fennec fox, which uses its uncharacteristically large ears to help cool down. 

Climb back on board your coach after the zoo and gardens, heading to El Paseo. This upscale street, known by many locals as the “Rodeo Drive” of Palm Desert, is known for its high-end shopping and secluded mansions home to various Hollywood celebrities. Enjoy a break for lunch amidst the the fancy retail offerings in this swank location.

Finish your trip at the Desert Hills Premium Outlets, offering 130 high-end brand name stores at bargain prices. Shop until you drop for brands like Gucci, Dolce and Gabbana, Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren, Versace, Prada and Last Call by Nieman Marcus. After scoring a few bargains, hop back on your bus for the ride back to Los Angeles.

Customer Reviews

Valeria M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The tour was very interesting and Giovanni made it really fun and exciting for us. We learned the history behind the Palm Springs area and got great pictures and landscape sightseeing from the mountain tops. As we were a small group, he even let us a while longer at the mall in the afternoon to enjoy our shopping time before going back to LA. Highly recommendable if you want to enjoy an interesting and unique place as Palm Springs!

Julie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Fantastic day. The zoo and the tramway were awesome and Giavanni was the perfect guide. He had Lots of knowledge of the area and made the journey so interesting. Will definitely recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

One of the most amazing sight in LA. My tour guide Richard and Guivanni were informative and friendly. Worth going to Palm Springs for its view.

jewel f

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This tour was the highlight of our US trip! Palm Springs is breath taking ! And this tour was great value for the quality. The tour guide Richard was great ! Extremely informative, never a dull moment on this tour... Just so much Beauty to admire. Great job Richard and driver Sam. I will book again

Lady Di

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Absolutely wonderful, our driver was helpful and very attentive, full of brilliant information.

The sights were out of this world and the shopping a must.

Rebecca M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was an amazing trip! The tour guide was amazing, so friendly and personal - and I made two great friends on the trip!

I was happy to sight see on my own as and when we got to places, but they took me under their wing and I had a brilliant day. The Zoo was amazing and very hot! and I loved driving around seeing some of the spectacular houses, plus the Aerial Tramway was something else - the views are a must see!

Whilst we were on the day trip it was lovely and hot, but there had recently been a fire so the views were different but still amazing!

And who doesn't love ending the day with an outlet mall shopping trip!

Terry E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

great trip, personal and interesting. the small tour and very experienced leader was fantastic

Marilyn L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great Day from start to finish. Only myself and my Daughter took the tour our guide was perfect picked us up on time. Very knowledgeable, tour was tailored to what we wanted to do most. The Aerial Tram was amazing. We got to see most of the animals at the zoo as we arrived quiet early in the morning when it was still quite cool. The shopping outlet was very busy as it was Memorial weekend we were able to pickup some really good buys. Highly recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

Vanessa C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Our tour guide was great. Really enjoyable day!

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