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1. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

To gain a bird's-eye perspective over some amazing scenery, take the 14-minute ascent on the Palm Springs Ariel Tramway, where passengers start in the desert and end up in an alpine forest. Electrical engineer Francis Crocker first proposed the Aerial Tramway in the mid-1930s, although work on actually building it didn't start until 1960. The only way up was via helicopter, and these undertook more than 20,000 missions to take materials and workers up the mountain during construction.
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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway featuring views and landscape views as well as a small group of people

2. Indian Canyon

First settled in by ancestors of the Agua Caliente Cahuilla Native Americans hundreds of years ago, who transformed the canyons into communities where they could thrive, Indian Canyons is now a recreational park. Made up of three distinct canyons, the park's popularity is down to its extensive hiking network and well-preserved historical sights.
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Indian Canyon showing landscape views and a gorge or canyon

3. Palm Springs Air Museum

The Palms Springs Air Museum has a vast and varied collection of World War II aircraft and memorabilia. This highly interactive, non-profit museum can be found next to Palm Springs International Airport, and even non-aviation buffs will enjoy the huge variety of classic aircraft. The museum's volunteers are eager and willing to share with you the history of the planes, and through them, remember the men and women who kept them in the skies. There are group tours available, although you need a minimum of 15 people for them to go ahead.
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Palm Springs Air Museum featuring aircraft

4. Palm Springs Art Museum

Few visitors to this resort city would imagine that there was such a high-calibre art museum within the city limits, but don't overlook this well curated collection, located in a stunning building. Established in 1938, the Palm Springs Art Museum has grown immensely from a single room to a permanent collection of over 20,000 different works of art. Now in its third location, the museum has three main components: contemporary art, natural science and the performing arts.
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Palm Springs Art Museum showing interior views

5. Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium

These lovingly curated gardens and living museum are the enduring legacy of Patricia and Chester "Cactus Slim" Moorten, a married couple who shared a love of the desert. Chester's poor health led him to Palm Springs in the 1930s with his biologist wife Patricia. The couple worked for celebrities such as Walt Disney, helping to design the surroundings of his new amusement park which later became Disneyland. They gradually built up their collection of desert plants at their home that you see today, which opened to the public in 1938.
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Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium featuring a park

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