Today is the day you fully connect with the great outdoors of Palm Springs. Even though you're in the desert there's more to see than prickly cacti and rolling tumbleweed. Before you delve into any activities, grab some lunch at Jensen's Finest Foods. They've got some tasty sandwiches to fill up on before your journey.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Get ready to take in the sights as you climb to the summit of Mount San Jacinto on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Poised in the backdrop of the desert, and featuring over 8,500 feet of mountainous magnificence, this is easily the most popular attraction in all of Palm Springs. You'll realize why as soon the incredible desert views surround you on the way up. At the top there are hiking trails, camping spots and even snow trails for a bit of cross-country skiing during the winter months. Be certain to bring warm clothes even in the summer because that alpine climate is far chillier than the desert ground.
The Living Desert - Palm Springs Zoo
Once you've descended Mount San Jacinto, its time to explore the Palm Springs Zoo, also known as the Living Desert. The mammals and birds living here are indigenous to deserts from Africa and North America including gazelles, zebras, cheetahs, bobcats, warthogs, leopards, aardwolfs and reticulated giraffes. (Reticulated? These giraffes have a brownish coat separated by white lines that form distinct polygon-like shapes.) If you're traveling with the kids, they're sure to enjoy the Gecko Gulch playground, featuring a variety of desert-oriented activities.
If you'd like to pursue something a little more adventurous, off road jeep tours bring you way out to Joshua Tree National Park or the San Andreas Fault. Then again if you'd rather stay in town, El Paseo Shopping District has over 300 boutiques and shops, along with a few choice art galleries to explore.
Dinner & the Palm Springs Pavilion
When you start getting hungry, Copley's offers enticing Hawaiian inspired dishes rich in flavor. For steak and seafood lovers the Falls Prime Steakhouse is a fine choice. After dinner, check out Cirque Dreams at the Palm Springs Pavilion. This acrobatic bonanza will have your eyes wide-open with wonderment. If you're still eager to keep the evening flowing, you could always head back to Fall's Steakhouse and choose from over a dozen scrumptious martinis.