tramway1Have you ridden a tramway lately? The first activity I did with my son in Palm Springs, California was the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. It is the world’s largest rotating tramcar. It begins at 2,643 feet and reaches 8,500 feet in 11 minutes! It is unlike anything I’ve ever done.

The tram itself is circular and floor rotates 360 degrees; allowing you to see views in all directions. As you ride up you get an up close view of Chino Canyon. You can also see all of Palm Springs and the surrounding areas.

tramway2Once at the top we explored the pristine mountain wilderness of Mt. San Jacinto State Park. Although they have over 50 miles of hiking trails including guided nature walks. We did an easy self guided nature walk along a ¾ mile loop. I was worried about hiking alone with my son, but once I got there I realized there was nothing to be worried about. The trails were clearly marked and easy to hike. The trail going down was handicap accessible. It was also much cooler up there; only in the seventies!

Also at the top is a visitor center with multiple gift shops, restaurants, exhibits and a theater. The cost of going is Adults – $23.25, Children – $16.25, Seniors – $21.25. Children under three years old are free. Watch their website for military appreciation days when military receive free admission.

Meagan is the Military Traveling Mom. You can also find her blogging at Mommy Travels. She has a passion for family travel, including maximizing military travel options. For more of Meagan’s adventures find her on facebookMommy Travels, or follow her on twitter @MommyTravels.