California just gets cooler by the minute: we were in Palm Springs earlier this month with family, and it was a total blast. Since moving out West, I had heard nothing but good things about this little desert gem, full of mid-century charm and old Hollywood glam. And yup, I did adore it. The downtown area was fun and quirky; the mountains, palm trees, and vacation atmosphere definitely won me over.
However, my favorite part of this desert town wasn't the desert at all. Don't get me wrong, I will always have a soft spot for cacti and arid terrains, but finding and exploring an alpine forest 8,500ft above see level was the highlight of the weekend.
|Palm Springs Tramway Valley Station|
BEFORE YOU GOBuy tickets in advance. You can purchase them online up to 24 hours prior to the visit, and avoid standing in line at the ticket counter. Later in the day and weekends in general tend to get pretty busy, since only two tram cars transport everyone up the mountain. Adults: $24.95, children: $16.95 (ages 3-12) and seniors: $22.95 (65+).
Check the weather (at the top of the mountain). When we went, it was 98F in Palm Springs, and 55F up there. Breathing fresh and crisp mountain air in the middle of the summer was nothing short of amazing. It was sunny and gorgeous, and our light sweaters definitely came in handy.