If you’re looking for a tour experience in Palm Springs but have no patience for crowded busses full of tourists, we’ve got you covered. Palm Springs is a great city to explore, and the tours below will help you do that in the style in which you’re comfortable. Here are the top 3 tours to do in Palm Springs.
Best tours in Palm Springs
Learn about modern architecture with Modern Tours Palm Springs
Two of the most beautiful things about Palm Springs are the fantastic, rich history and the abundance of eye-catching architecture on display. Palm Springs celebrates the Mid-Century Modern style, with open floor plans, clean lines, and simple materials. Having so many wonderful buildings and homes in the Mid-Century Modern style so close together is every architecture fan’s dream come true.
ModernToursPalmSprings.com offers guided self-driving and walking tours ranging from $9.99 for a “pocket tour” up to $79.99 for their Modernism Mega Tour, which covers a wide range of modernist architecture throughout Palm Springs. There is no additional charge for extra people; it’s a one-time cost for the tours, which generally take between 90-120 minutes to complete, and offer audio, interactive mapping and directions, and photos.
If you’re a fan of celebrities, they also offer a self-driving celebrity homes tour, where you’ll learn all about the stars who called Palm Springs home. You’ll get the gossip from Frank Sinatra through Leonardo DiCaprio, see how the jet-set live, and learn fascinating secrets!
The Palm Canyon Walking Tour offers a great stroll down the famous Palm Canyon Drive and is a great way to try out walking tours while learning all about the city.
Get up close to the giant windmills
The desert around Palm Springs is home to thousands of windmills, with the San Gorgonio Wind Park accounting for at least 2,700 itself. They stand up to 300 feet tall and deliver over 600 Megawatts of electricity. The first windmill in the area was built in 1926, produced 25,000 watts, and quickly burned out because of the powerful winds in the area. The second of our top 3 tours to do in Palm Springs is Palm Springs Windmill Tours.
Palm Springs Windmill Tours offers self-driving tours, free photo passes, and VIP chartered tours inside an actual wind farm. The self-driving tours start at $49.00 per car, including two adults per car. Additional adults are $10.00, kids under 12 are free.
The tour offers ten marked stops where you’ll get up close with renewable energy, and the tour also has an audio program to follow along. It takes about an hour to complete and ends at the Indigo Power Plant and retired wind farm before exiting on Indian Canyon Road via 19th street.
The VIP tour includes a video presentation and an in-person tour guide who will take you through the wind farm in a five-person electric cart. Tours are two hours in length, available between 10 am and 2 pm all days except Thursday and Sunday. The cost is $100 per person, with a two-person minimum.
See Mother Nature up close
Nothing says adventure tour like a Jeep, and Red Jeep Tours offers some options for those looking to get out of town and see the sights. They offer a few different Jeep tours, including a Group San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour. The tour runs for four hours, costs $950, and winds its way through the canyons of the San Andreas Fault zone while a naturalist shares facts and stories about flora and fauna as well as the geology of the area. You’ll also visit a natural palm oasis and a recreated Cahuilla Indian village.
The tour runs both mornings and afternoons, and you travel in a seven-person Jeep Scrambler with a shade top. There is some easy walking involved, and it includes water and granola snacks.
Red Jeep also offers an Indian Canyons tour with pricing available upon request.