TOURS
Palm Springs Modernism

Palm Springs Modernism Tours.  Get the insider’s tour of mid-century modern architecture and design.  There’s no better way to learn About mid-century modern architecture than with a personally guided tour. These experts are Passionate about the architects and their work and take you on tours that explore the neighborhoods, homes, buildings, and history that make Palm Springs mid-century architecture unique.
Palm Springs Mod Squad:   www.psmodsquad.com
Palm Springs Modern Tours:   www.palmspringsmoderntours.com
PS Architecture Tours:  www.psarchitecturetours.com
The Modern Tour:  www.themoderntour.com

 

Palm Springs Windmill Tour.  Considered to be the longest continuously operating windmill tour business in the world. Expert
guides will answer your questions and provide interesting background on the subject. You will get an introduction to the weather and geology of the area, learn why windmills were built in California, and why the wind blows the way it does in this mountain pass. Your guide will even tell you how some of the native plants were used by the local Cahuilla Indians.
Prices: Adults: $40.00
Seniors (65+): $35.00
When: Everyday! 9:00 am, 11:30 am, 2:00 pm
Advance purchase required
The Best of the Best Tours — Phone:  760-320-1365
www.thebestofthebesttours.com

 

Indian Canyon Tour.  First stop, Andreas Canyon, the second largest palm oasis in North America where your guides will take you on an approximate 30-minute nature walk. The tour is filled with information on plants, animals, native lore, history, and earthquake information of the area. Next stop, Palm Canyon, home to over 3,000 native palms, forming an incredible canopy with breathtaking vistas of the oasis and valley below. At the trading post, you can purchase that special souvenir and snacks. Learn how the native people, our own Cahuilla Indians thrived on the desert floor for many hundreds of years. Your naturalist guide will identify some of the more than 200 plants the Cahuilla used for food and medicines. Stroll along a cool stream flowing down from the San Jacinto mountains above. Gaze in wonder at steep canyon walls towering overhead. Watch for some of the amazing desert animals risking discovery to steal a drink from the ever-flowing stream.
Prices: Adults: $50.00
Seniors (65+): $45.00
When: Everyday!
The Best of the Best Tours — Phone:  760-320-1365
www.thebestofthebesttours.com

 

Rich and Famous Tour.  Travel through the beautiful city of Palm Springs, California, and learn history and facts about the playground of the stars. Your entertaining guide will drive through the famous neighborhood of Las Palmas, regale you with stories and play a fun and often hilarious game of “Guess the Stars Homes.” This area is comprised of all custom homes and boast an amazing collection of fascinating architecture including the popular mid-century modern homes in such great demand today. Since some residential streets in Palm Springs are closed to large buses, our company uses smaller less intrusive vehicles that are free to roam even the narrowest passageways thus allowing compete aces to all city roads.
The tour last approximately 1.5 hours. Advance purchase required.
Prices: Adults: $40.00
Seniors (65+): $35.00
When: Everyday!
The Best of the Best Tours — Phone:  760-320-1365
www.thebestofthebesttours.com

 

Daniel Sedillos Palm Springs Tour to the Stars.  Discover the Palm Springs that attracted the stars!  Private Tour – Enjoy the luxury of a private tour through Palm Springs celebrity homes.
Transport pickup available. Luxury 5-passenger sedan. Create a custom tour highlighting celebrity homes of your choice. Free Souvenir map – featuring home location and history.
$45.00 per person
Advance Reservations Needed
Dannyj.sedillos@gmail.com
Phone:  760-898-5939
www.red-jeep.com

 

Sunnylands House/Center.  In the mid-1960’s, Walter and Leonor Annenberg hired architect A. Quincy Jones to create a mid-century residence in Rancho Mirage. Jones was known for designs that integrated houses into the landscape, and here he used overhangs to shield the interiors from the direct sun, and walls of glass to allow the climate brightness to fill the rooms. The Annenberg’s magnificent collection of art and sculpture is displayed throughout the estate, while the newly added 17,000 sq-ft Sunnylands Center includes interactive kiosks, displays, videos, and exhibits. Visitors can learn more about the Annenbergs and their commitment to public service, philanthropy, education, and the arts, and explore over a mile of garden paths featuring more than 53,000 plants and 50 arid-landscape species
Hours & Admission: tours of the historic estate and grounds are by guided tour only
Classic Sunnylands Tour: $40
Guided Estate Bird Tour: $35
Open Air Experience: $20
All tours require advance reservation. Visit the website for more information.
Visits to the gardens and Center are free and available Thurs – Sun 9 am – 4 pm
Closed July – Aug
37977 Bob Hope Dr., Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Phone:  (760) 328-2829
www.sunnylands.org

 

Desert Adventures Red Jeep Tours.  Extraordinary scenery abounds as your Big Red Jeep winds its way through the labyrinth of geological cuts and canyons of the San Andreas Fault Zone as your naturalist guide entertains you with stories about the plants, animals, geology, and history of the California desert. On this exciting 4WD adventure to our private Metate Ranch preserve on the San Andreas Fault you will:

  • Experience the twisted and tortured landscape of an active earthquake fault system as your guide describes the geology of the area and you explore the skeleton of the earth.
  • Walk between the steep walls of deep canyons created by the powerful forces of plate tectonics, water, wind, and time.
  • Explore a natural palm oasis where crystal clear water bubbles up from the underground aquifer.
  • Learn about the culture and lifestyle of the Cahuilla Indians and how they used the desert’s plants for food, medicine, tools, weapons, shelter, and more.
  • Learn about the plants and animals of the California desert.
  • Discover the fascinating history of the Coachella Valley.
  • Enjoy spectacular views as your guide describes the geologic forces and local history that shaped the Coachella Valley. Desert Adventures is the only tour company that can take you to this private location and provide this unique experience.

Prices: Adults: $135.00 Senior prices available
Private Jeep: $750.00 (each jeep can hold up to 7 guests)
When: Everyday! – 8:30 a.m & 1:00 p.m departures
Tour duration: 3 Hours
Advance Reservations needed
Phone:  760-324-5337
74-794 Lemon Place, Suite B
Palm Desert, CA 92260
www.red-jeep.com

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES
Aerial Tramway

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway—the world’s largest rotating tram car—travels over two-and-one-half miles along the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon, transporting riders to the pristine wilderness of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park. During your approximately ten-minute journey, tram cars rotate slowly, offering picturesque and spectacular vistas of the valley floor below. Once you reach the Mountain Station—elevation 8,516 feet—enjoy two restaurants, observation decks, natural history museum, two documentary theaters, gift shop and over 50 miles of hiking trails. (one of our favorites things to do is go up for lunch and a hike) Allow at least 3 or 4 hours for your tram visit, but worth the effort.
Cost: Adults $25.95
Seniors $23.95 (65+)
www.https://www.pstramway.com/tickets/

 

Tahquitz Canyon is one of the most beautiful and culturally sensitive areas of the Aqua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Reservation. Tahquitz Canyon is home to a spectacular seasonal 60 foot waterfall, rock art, ancient irrigation systems, native wildlife, and plants. Located at the entrance to the canyon, the Tahquitz Visitor Center offers educational and cultural exhibits. The Center offers a display of artifacts, an observation deck, and a boutique theater room for viewing The Legend of Tahquitz Canyon
Prices: Adults/Seniors: $12.50
When: Everyday: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Ranger-Led Interpretive Hikes – approximately 2.5 hours, 8 am, 10 am, noon, 2 pm
Self-Guided Hikes: 7:30 am – 3:30 pm
500 W. Mesquite
Phone:  760-416-7044
www.tahquitzcanyon.com

 

Palm Springs Art Museum 101 Museum Drive. Located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, the Palm Springs Art Museum features a sophisticated collection of art, loaned or donated by the area’s affluent residents. The museum has an art collection that rivals urban metropolitan museums, and includes works from Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Donald Judd, Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, Robert Rauschenberg, Antony Gormley and Ansel Adams. Spread over the 150,000 square feet, the museum boasts major collections of modern and contemporary art, glass, photography, architecture and design and Native American and Western art. It has two outdoor sculpture gardens, a café featuring American and Continental cuisine, and a museum store that includes one-of-a-kind gifts and art-related merchandise. The main museum is open every day except Wednesdays and major holidays, and is always 75 degrees, providing a welcome respite from the Palm Springs summer triple-digit temperatures. It features free admission every Thursday evening from 4-8 p.m. and every second Sunday of each month.

 

Palm Springs Air Museum –  745 N Gene Autry Trail. The Palm Springs Air Museum is a living history museum dedicated to educating the public about the role Air Power played in preserving American liberties and way of life. The Museum preserves, exhibits, and flies aircraft from World War Two, Korea, and the Vietnam Wars. Most of the aircraft are in flyable condition.  Take a flight in an historic aircraft.

 

Idyllwild – is a small, picturesque town with mild weather, located about an hour from Palm Springs. It is nestled in the San Jacinto mountains. Set among tall pines, sweet smelling cedars and legendary vistas. The town has kept its small town atmosphere. Locally owned shops and restaurants are all you will find here. Idyllwild has perfect day hikes for the quick weekend experience, as well as  longer overnight hiking journeys.