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Check out the views aboard the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Drive in a few minutes onto Tramway Road right off the 111, as you roll into Palm Springs and you’ll come across this amazing gondola ride. Board a rotating car inside an angular 1963 station and after 10 minutes and a double-digit temperature drop, you’ll find yourself facing the entirety of the Coachella Valley below. Stay a while at the top and stop at the mountaintop restaurant, café or lounge, or hike deeper into the San Jacinto Mountains.

Stop at the Palm Springs Visitors Center when you enter on the 111.

You must stop at the official Palm Springs welcome center, this distinctive spot a great place admire retro architecture. The Space Age structure opened in 1965 as a gas station. When Albert Frey and Robson Chambers’s retro design was slated for the wrecking ball in the ’90s, it was saved and turned into a visitors center.

Feed a giraffe at the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

The zoo looks just like a living slice of the Sonoran Desert. Located a couple of miles outside of Palm Springs, the largely outdoor locale is broadly split into North American and African environments. Explore the grounds to find an assortment of wild cats and hoofed mammals, as well as giraffe feedings ($7) and camel rides ($6).

Hike to a waterfall oasis at Tahquitz Canyon

This is an amazing site to see. You will not believe the flowing water in the middle of the desert. This his two-mile loop leads to a 50-foot waterfall tucked into Tahquitz Canyon. The falls are located within the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians reservation, so you’ll need to pay a $12.50 admission fee. On the plus side, the fee keeps the trail impeccably maintained, unlike many of L.A.’s graffiti-filled waterfalls. Ranger-led hikes are also available.

Explore the massive estate at Sunnylands

Sunnylands, the former winter retreat for the wealthy Annenberg family and a popular summit space for decades of presidents, resides on a 200-acre plot of irrigated desert in Rancho Mirage. Though much of that space is occupied by a nine-hole golf course, 12 acres have been dedicated to public gardens and a visitor center with a rotating selection of artwork from the Annenberg collection. Tours of the mansion are available but regularly sell out months in advance.

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