Rotating cars gliding up the mountainside among drastic changes in microclimates is the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.
The Valley Station is located in North Palm Springs, an area where the heat of the desert is less severe because the station is at 3000 feet.
Once you get up to the Mountain Station the weather can be 30 degrees cooler than it is down below.
Going up and down the tram is full of photo-ops of the sweeping Coachella Valley below.
At the top, there are many hiking trails among the more temperate climate that hosts a forest of pine trees, and, during winter, snow--lots of it.