When you're in a city flanked by the rugged slopes of majestic mountains, every moment is enhanced by the beauty of the scenery. Strolling to a local lunch spot, seeking souvenirs on a busy shopping street, and lounging on the balcony of your hotel room—all are made more memorable by an ever-present vista of forest tracts and peaks at times capped with snow or warmed into bare gray. Book hotels in Banning, CA and find yourself within one of the deepest mountain passes in the Lower 48. With the slopes of the San Bernardino Mountains to one side and San Jacinto Mountains to the other, you'll find your gaze turns forever upward, captured by the alluring mysteries of the landscape.
John Muir once wrote: "The view from San Jacinto is the most sublime spectacle to be found anywhere on this earth!" Such high praise—and from one of the wisest and most inspiring wanderers in recent history—is an irresistible invitation to see it for yourself. Venture out from hotels near Banning, CA and journey into one of several protected nature preserves that surround the city, including San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. Depending on your chosen trail, you might traverse sparse, shrubby land where roadrunners catch your eye with a darting dance, or tread through the cool, pine-scented shade of an alpine conifer forest. Lakes, waterfalls, and natural springs dot the landscape and await your discovery. Arrange Banning rental cars and drive to nearby Palm Springs, where the famously breathtaking Cactus to Clouds Trail begins. Take the challenge of its steep path to San Jacinto Peak and assess whether the panoramic views across Southern California's deserts and mountains live up to Muir's adulation. A unique aerial tramway offers an alternative route. Book a room in one of many Palm Springs hotels and you won't have far to go to rest after this unforgettable adventure.
Ready to journey from the sand to the snow, from the cacti-covered desert into the clouds? Book Banning hotels with Travelocity and you'll be on track to behold SoCal's incredible diversity.