5 Things to Check Out While You’re in Palm Springs
Take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Ascend 5,873 feet up into the San Jacinto Mountains aboard the world’s largest rotating tramcar! At the top, you’ll find Mt. San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness, which offers 54 miles of hiking trails if you’re up for it. If you’d rather just relax, feel free to hang out at the Mountain Station, a three-story facility at the top of the tramway featuring a cocktail lounge, dining facilities, gift shops, and an observation deck to take in the stunning views of the city below.
Check Out the Art Museum
Looking to get your culture on? The Palm Springs Art Museum is probably your best bet. This mid-size museum showcases contemporary paintings, sculptures, art glass, and photography that focus heavily on the cultures and themes of the surrounding desert–think Modernism, Native Americans, and the American West. The best part? Admission is free Thursday evenings from 4-8pm. So it kind of works out!
Or Land at the Air Museum Instead
If art exhibits aren’t your thing, maybe the Palm Springs Air Museum is more your speed. This World War II, Korea, and Vietnam-focused air museum houses more than 40 flyable and static planes across three giant warehouses. You’ll find models ranging from the B-17 flying fortress to the classic F-4 fighter jet. If you want to shell out a few extra bucks, you can also book a flight aboard the C-47 Skytrain ($195) or P-51 Mustang ($1,895) models. Just remember to buckle up.
Explore the Moorten Botanical Garden
If you or a loved one is a sucker for succulents, you’ve got to stop by the Moorten Botanical Garden and pick up a souvenir from its attached nursery. While you’re there, you can marvel at the 3,000+ varieties of desert plants on display within. What’s more, Moorten is home to an assortment of Native American artifacts. Take a stroll, snap some pics, and pick up something to remember your trip by.
See the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens
Voted one of the top 10 zoos in the nation by USA Today, The Living Desert showcases the diverse desert species of North America and Africa, and is home to over 1,200 acres of protected land, 450 wild animals, and 2,000 unique flora and fauna species. Perfect for the family, The Living Desert also offers live animal shows, a kids’ play park, model train exhibit, and plenty of hiking trails.