Palm Springs

A playground in the desert? That’s how the city of Palm Springs, California, thinks of itself. This resort and retirement community at the western end of the Coachella Valley is 110 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Although many residents spend the more than 350 sunny days a year golfing, playing tennis and sunbathing, the city offers a myriad of other attractions, both natural and manmade.

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway offers a visual overview of the area on the world’s largest rotating tramcars. The 10-minute, 2.5-mile trip is one of the top Palm Springs attractions for kids. The ride begins at the Valley Station, ascending more than 5,800 feet up the sheer face of Chico Canyon and…

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