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A day in Palm Springs in August

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A day in Palm Springs in August


Got a day in August in Palm Springs in August with the missus and daughter 15, son 11

We want to do the aerial tramway , and need to be in San Diego by about 8pm

Should we

- try to do something early - what ??? Then go up the PSAT ( we are likely to be up early as still getting used to USA time having arrived 3 days earlier from the UK )

- just do the PSAT as not really enough time to do anything else - maybe set off for San Diego early enough to do sunset at la jolla ?

- maybe PSAT and a bit of mall shopping in PS ?

- someone has suggested a walk to the coachella valley oasis - apparently a mile each way from visitor centre - but will it be just too hot ( even in morning ? ) to walk even that far ?

- something else ?

All suggestions welcome


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1. Re: A day in Palm Springs in August

if depends how sensitive you are for heat - -- but in general in August most visitors stay in air conditioning or in the swimming pool during day light hours and then go out at night (but you are in San Diego by then).

Arial tram is fine to do - it will be cooler at the top than lower elevation due to the altitude gain.

I would probably suggest considering the Living Desert if you want to see something in Palm Springs proper before doing the arial tram....


and try to have a date shake before leaving town.

Edited: 8:46 pm, March 05, 2014
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2. Re: A day in Palm Springs in August

Plenty of great places to stop between Palm Springs and San Diego, the Ontario Mills Shoppertainment Mall is at the intersection of the I-10 and I-15 freeways. The largest indoor Mall in California, and focuses on Outlet Stores, though there are some regular shops too.

So maybe do the Living Desert (only open in the morning in August due to the heat), the Tramway, then head to San Diego.

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3. Re: A day in Palm Springs in August

In August , many of the sights are on summer schedule, like the indian canyons and Living Desert and have morning hours or certain days of week.

The Coachella Preserve visitor center would probably be closed but the area would be open for hiking.

Given the choice of indian canyons or preserve, I would pick indian canyons(if open that day)Plus its closer to the tram.If you want to hike, do it up in the pines where its cool,unless you get to the canyons right when they open, then leave before it heats up too bad.

On the way from PS to San Diego, you can go all interstate (10/60/215/15) or do the more scenic route of 74/371/79/15. Goes up thru the mountains and ends near the wine region of Temecula. Some nice metal sculptures near Vail Lake of the horses jumping the road and the wagon train.PS to SD is about 2-2.5 hours.

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4. Re: A day in Palm Springs in August

Ontario Mills? It isn't on the way from PS to SD. And one would be driving by the Cabazon outlets anyways if heading back west.

I would not count on doing any hiking in the Valley. August very often is too hot and humid even in the am.

If you want to take back roads between Palm Desert and San Diego, be sure no one is susceptible to car sickness. If this is the case. you can go backward toward LA and take one of the turnoffs around Beaumont/Moreno Valley, eventually hooking up with the 15 Freeway.

Edited: 3:34 pm, March 07, 2014
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