• Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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

Michelle R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

What a wonderful experience! I was the only person on the tour, and thought it would be cancelled but no, I had a very enjoyable trip all to myself! Jacob was certain to fit in as many sites as possible. The tour included more activities than I expected, it was fantastic value for money!

JULONG ZHAO China

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Very well organised, our tour guide Richard as shown in the picture was very friendly and resourceful, and the driver made all of us feel absolutely safe and enjoyable!
They really treated us as their friends, they absolutely went extra miles to do their jobs much better than expected. Mercedes Business Van was used for this trip, which was really comfortable with the authentic leather seat cover.

All 6 of us truly appreciated their service.

Julie J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Palm Springs tour was awesome. What a great experience in the air tram at Mt. San Jacinto. There were only two of us plus tour guide on the tour. Now that was too cool. It was almost like a private tour. The zoo was a lot of fun too. I took the opportunity to feed the giraffe and have pictures taken. Extremely enjoyable.

If someone has trouble walking, make certain you take advantage of the tram at the zoo 6. It does not tour the zoo, just takes you to certain stops that will save you a few steps and you can get on and off as much as you like. At beautiful Mt. San Jacinto you can walk a paved trail and it is a bit steep going up and down. On the sky tram at the mountain, passengers stand and if you don't have great balance there are a couple of short benches for someone to sit. It is a little difficult to hold on to the railings because the floor rotates.

Overall this was an outstanding tour. and I highly recommend it.

Lyle W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Jacob did a great job as tour guide with a vast knowledge of Palm Springs. Was a great day trip. Tramway and Living Desert Park were two highlights. Highly recommended.

FELIX S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Awesome drive with Giovanni!

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.

xinlinggg

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.

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