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» Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Whisk­ing you to another world as it re­volves through 360 de­grees, the tram climbs more than two miles to the moun­tain sta­tion at 8,516 feet el­e­va­tion. Go for the sen­sa­tional ride, or to es­cape the sum­mer heat and hike the pleas­antly cool pine for­est. In win­ter the moun­tain is usu­ally swathed in snow—per­fect for ex­plor­ing on cross-coun­try skis or snow­shoes. The moun­tain sta­tion’s gourmet restau­rant tempts you to linger for a can­dlelit din­ner over­look­ing the sparkling lights of the val­ley far be­low.

› pstramway.com

» Palm Springs Mod­ern

The city claims one of the most im­por­tant con­cen­tra­tions of mid-20th-cen­tury Modernist ar­chi­tec­ture in the world. For a fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into how Palm Springs be­came Mod­ernism’s place in the sun, ex­plore with ex­pert guide Robert Im­ber, who will ex­plain the in­spi­ra­tion for such icons as the Steel Houses, the “House of To­mor­row” and the Rom­champin­spired Bank of Amer­ica build­ing. He may even take you in­side one or two celebrity homes.

› palm­springsmod­ern.com

» Palm Springs Art Mu­seum

Ac­claimed as one of Cal­i­for­nia’s top re­gional art venues, the mu­seum houses a stun­ning col­lec­tion span­ning pre-columbian and Na­tive Amer­i­can art to works by clas­sic western Amer­i­can mas­ters, plein air art on a desert theme, and con­tem­po­rary Cal­i­for­nia artists. Much of the art­work was do­nated by lo­cal res­i­dents such as au­thor Sid­ney Shel­don and ac­tor Kirk Dou­glas. It oc­cu­pies a strik­ing Modernist build­ing with a sunken sculp­ture gar­den.

› psmu­seum.org

» Joshua Tree Na­tional Park

Span­ning 1,240 square miles, this park pro­tects one of the most spec­tac­u­larly scenic of desert re­gions and is named for the pe­cu­liarly-shaped Joshua trees, which grow here in abun­dance. Fan­tas­ti­cal rock for­ma­tions draw clim­bers, and a spi­der­web of hik­ing and moun­tain bike trails lace the park. Be sure to call in at the Vis­i­tor Cen­ter and Keys West, a look­out with panoramic views over Coachella Val­ley, with the San An­dreas Fault clearly vis­i­ble be­low.

› nps.gov/jotr

» Liv­ing Desert

De­spite the siz­zling heat and lack of wa­ter, wildlife abounds in the desert. Most desert denizens hide by day, es­pe­cially in sum­mer. To see them, head to Liv­ing Desert Zoo & Park, which dis­plays fauna from arid en­vi­ron­ments around the world. Lo­cal crit­ters in­clude desert tor­toise, moun­tain lion and bighorn sheep, while ex­otic wildlife in­clude oryx, gi­raffes and Mex­i­can wolves. More than four miles of in­ter­pre­tive trails weave through the sur­round­ing wilder­ness.

› liv­ingdesert.org 2018

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