While many people associate California with Hollywood’s movie life or San Francisco’s intense fog, there is a side to California that many are not lucky enough to ever see. Take a trip on the Palm Springs Tram and you’ll see why.
If you don’t think it snows in California, you’d be wrong. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will take you to some of the most gorgeous views that California has to offer. The two and one half mile climb aboard the tramway will leave you breathless as you ascend into pristine wilderness.
Trams depart roughly every half hour and there is even onsite parking for $8.00. Talk about easy access. The tram ride takes approximately ten minutes in each direction and rotates as you climb the side of Mt. San Jacinto State Park.
The tram has summer and winter operating hours. In the winter (September 2 to May 23), the first car up leaves at 10:00 AM on Monday through Friday. Saturday, Sunday and Holidays, the first tram up leaves at 8:00 AM.
The last car to return to the station daily is 9:45 PM. In the summer (May 24 to August 31), the first tram up leaves at 10:00 AM on Monday through Thursday. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays, the first tram up leaves at 8:00 AM. The last tram departs at 9:45 on Sunday through Thursday, while the last tram leaves at 10:30 PM on Friday and Saturday.
What to do at the top you ask? Everything you can imagine. Get away from the bustling city life of Los Angeles and take in the serene wilderness that is situated at the top of your two mile commute.
There are multiple campgrounds, hiking trails, guided nature walks, a winter adventure center, cross country skiing, family snow fun, observation decks, snowshoeing, and snow camping.
Permits are required for camping so make sure to plan ahead. Permits cost $5 per person.
A big tip: dress for the weather. With an increase in elevation comes cold. Even a trip up to the mountains in the dead heat of August can sometimes bring temperatures that folks aren’t prepared for. If you think you don’t need that jacket, bring it anyway. The temperatures can drop pretty quickly as you ascend.
The top of the mountain is home to two restaurants and a bar. For an elegant and different dining option, make sure to visit Peak’s Restaurant. Reservations are recommended but you will definitely enjoy the dining room with floor to ceiling windows.
Lookout Lounge is a bar that will give you gorgeous all-around views of Coachella Valley below. A great option for pre-dinner cocktails.
If you are interested in a more grab and go style before you take off on a hike or nature walk, take a visit to Pines Café, where you will find grab and go sandwiches, pizza, and more.
365 Tickets USA has the hook up for Palm Springs Tram tickets for you and your family. Adult tickets run at the price of $22.94 while a child ticket runs at $14.94. Ready to take a trip with a breathtaking view? Book your tickets today.