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“Breathtaking views”

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Ranked #1 of 118 things to do in Palm Springs
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Owner description: Climb 8,000 feet from the desert to the San Jacinto Mountains, in less than 15 minutes, by tram.
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London
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155 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“Breathtaking views”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

You have to go past the visitor centre and drive about 5 minutes up the road to get to the car parks for the tramway. This may seem obvious, but our sat nav didn't make this clear, and I wondered if we should have waited at the visitor centre to get picked up by a bus...
We booked online the day before and managed to get on a car 20 minutes before our allotted time which was handy!

If I am honest I didn't take in the views a huge amount on the way up. I am getting more scared of heights as I get older and this is a bit of a scary one, particularly when you go past the metal pylons, where the car lurches quite dramatically.

The mountain cafe etc is really old fashioned and looks like a ski lodge from the 70s. They could do with updating the whole cafe and the dishes they offer. For example we went up at 3pm and all that was available was pizza. Perhaps it is just because I am British, but I would have expected tea, coffee and various cakes available in the afternoon.

The views are super, and it is worth going up before the mountain casts a shadow all over the valley. Also get a UV filter for your camera if you don't already have one, as the mountains are pretty hazy from that height. The snow everywhere was a lovely touch particularly when we had been sunbathing at our rental property just 30 minutes previously!

We are not walkers, so we spent just over 40 minutes up the top of the mountain looking at the views and taking photos. We went to watch the movie (18 minutes) thinking it was all about how the made the tram, but it was just cheesy 70s style documentary of how great the wilderness was - UGH!!! We left after 10 minutes of it.

Do go if you have more than 4 days in Palm Springs, but actually I think the mountains look more beautiful from the valley floor!

Visited January 2013
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Yorba Linda, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Snow!”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

We enjoyed the trip on the tramway. It was expensive for a family of 5 and you end up quite closely crowded together on the tram but the trip is short and over quickly. Once there, you have the mountain to enjoy. We had lots of fun sledding, having snowball fights, and playing in the snow. It was sad to see how much litter people left behind in what is a state park. As a family, we did a litter pick-up before we left and we easily stuffed a gallon-sized ziploc. Hard to understand how people could come to such a beautiful place and leave so much trash.

Visited January 2013
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New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Beautiful ride”
Reviewed January 8, 2013

It's worth the price of admission to ride the tramway. Breath-taking views all around; you're even looking down on huge pine trees. It's an added thrill when two cars pass in mid-air, as you can feel the whoosh of air gently sway your car.

Visited November 2012
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St Albans, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Awesome views!”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

A not to be missed attraction on your trip to Palm Springs! Either go up just for the views, or take your walking boots and spend the day up in the mountains. Unmissable!

Visited November 2012
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Chandler, Arizona, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Awesome Views!!”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

This is an incredible experience! Riding the aerial tram up to 8516 feet is breathtaking and worth while. Buy your tickets online or you could find yourself waiting up to two hours if you purchase the tickets the day of. It was 28 degrees on top of the mountain. So bring your snow gear---hats, gloves, sleds, snow shoes--it is a winter wonderland in the desert!

Visited January 2013
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