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Do it Here, Then Do it There…

Southern California is close to some impressive hikes, including some desert ones in Palm Springs. When you’re ready for the other side of the spectrum from desert landscape, head to the icy glaciers of Alaska for some memorable hiking.

Do it Here: Hike a Canyon in Palm Springs

Palm Springs is home to the Indian Canyons, a collection of trails that showcase the stark desert landscape that has a remote beauty filled with cacti and other indigenous plants. Visitors can choose from three different trails:

Palm Canyon: This one gets its name from the California Fan Palm tree that grows along it, which provides a pop of green color to the mostly rocky terrain. The trail leads to a stream, and is also a popular place for horseback riding.

Andreas Canyon: This hike also has California Fan Palm trees along with a surprising abundance of plant life thanks to the creek that runs along parts of the trail. History culture buffs will also enjoy being able to see mortars in the rock that were used to prepare food by those who lived in the area centuries ago.

Murray Canyon: Those who want to do a longer hike can head south from Andreas Canyon to this trail that also flourishes in greenery. Murray Canyon is home to farmland and often has less people along the trail than the other two, making for a more peaceful experience.

Hiking Indian Canyons costs $9 for adults, $7 for seniors ages 62 and older, and $5 for children ages six through 12. The entrance is located at 38520 S Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs.

Do it There: Hike a Glacier in Alaska

After you’ve tried some of Palm Springs hiking, experience a different setting for a hike by doing a glacier hike in Alaska during an Alaska cruise. Take a helicopter to the Juneau Icefields and traverse over one of its glaciers by foot. Or while in Skagway, strap on some snowshoes and trek to Laughton Glacier.

In addition to hiking glaciers, you’ll majestically sail past some when cruising the Inside Passage and sailing past the impressive Hubbard Glacier on certain itineraries. Celebrity Cruises has a number of Alaska cruises, including ones that conveniently leave from Seattle. To find the Alaska cruise that’s best for you, visit Celebrity Cruises.

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