Guide to Palm Springs

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Sites To See

Joshua Tree National Park
74485 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277-3597
1.760.367.5500
http://www.nps.gov/jotr/index.htm

You cannot visit Palm Springs without taking a short day trip to the Joshua Tree National Park. The massive, twisted rock formations and trees amongst the desert landscape makes for a most bizarre and stunning sight. The drive from Palm Springs to Joshua Tree is about 35 miles / 45 minutes. Don’t miss it! 

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
One Tram Way
1.888.515.8726

Built in 1963, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is a 80-passenger rotating carriage that ascends 2 1/2 miles up to the top of the San Jacinto Peak, with spectacular views along the way. With the elevation at the Coachella Valley floor at 2,643 feet, and 8,516 feet at the mountain top, make sure to dress for the winter-like temperatures that will greet you upon disembarking the tram. Take my advice and skip out on the disappointing restaurants at the top. It’s all about the ride and the views!

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Salvation Mountain
Niland, CA 92257

In addition to the plethora of gorgeous national parks, California is home to many of America’s oddest offerings, including the mind-boggling Salvation Mountain. In short, a very free spirit named Leonard decided to channel his love for God via a mountain in the middle of nowhere, and set about painting his “salvation mountain” with the gigantic words “God Is Love,” quotes from the scripture, and pretty lil’ sunshines, waterfalls, and trees. Salvation Mountain lies 1 1/2 hours south of Palm Springs. The site attracts hippies + the enigmatic from all over the globe.

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