Palm Springs Travel Blog: It’s Day Three, getting physical and loving it!

There’s more to Palm Springs than sunbathing in the nude at a Warm Sands gay men’s resort or dining out in downtown. If you like the great outdoors, the mountains and desert nearby offer hiking, off-roading and much more.

Tuesday proved to be our day for being outdoors. What a cardio workout I got, collecting my targeted 10,000 daily steps with no problem!

Our party of four visited the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which attracts half-a-million visitors per year. The two tram cars hold up to 80 visitors each, whisking them up Chino Canyon from an elevation of 2,643 feet to 8,516 feet above sea level … in a breathtaking 10 minutes while the gently rotating cars provide a panoramic view of the Coachella Valley all the way down to the Salton Sea. Be prepared for the temperature and wind shock: It was about 90 degrees in the city, but about 54 degrees and windy at the top of San Jacinto Mountain. I was ready with a fleece vest, but our friend from Madrid, Spain was freezing in a tank top. Our guide from the Palm Springs Visitors Bureau kindly bought him a sweatshirt.

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