Road trips from Southern California: California deserts
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( Los Angeles Times )
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Distance: 105 miles one-way
Since 1963, this 2 1/2-mile ride has connected the dry desert (altitude 2,643 feet) and frequently snowy upper slopes of Mt. San Jacinto (8,516 feet) in a journey of 10 minutes.
Contact: (888) 515-8726 (TRAM), www.pstramway.com