Tour Palm Springs

The desert’s best tours

There are many hidden delights in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. A guided tour will help you get a more intimate look at Palm Springs’ gilded past or explore the desert wilderness.

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With four different tour options and a variety of other entertainment and transportation services, The Best of the Best Tours will give you a great introduction to Palm Springs. Three different tour options cover the main highlights of Palm Springs. The Rich & Famous Tour is the shortest of the three, but perhaps the most exciting to anyone who’s interested in seeing the town that was built by movie stars, for movie stars.

The entertaining and quick-witted drivers take small groups through neighborhood streets to see celebrity homes, important landmarks from Palm Springs’ past and amazing examples of mid-century modernism architecture for which the area is known. Large tour buses are not allowed in many neighborhoods, but The Best of the Best Tours uses smaller vehicles and are permitted to drive on any public streets.

See the home where Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner lived and entertained, and the site of The Colony Racquet Club where Marilyn Monroe was discovered and the Bloody Mary cocktail was reportedly invented. Don’t miss photo opportunities at Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s honeymoon retreat, or The King’s home during the 1970s where a handful of songs were recorded. Pass by several of Liberace’s houses, distinguished by a little extra flair such as a mailbox shaped like a grand piano. Along the way you’ll hear facts, secrets, rumors and maybe even a little gossip about past and present Palm Springs notables.

177536790wIf you’d rather learn about other aspects of the Palm Springs area, check out either the Indian Canyon Tour or the Windmill Tour. The Indian Canyon Tour includes several stops in the Coachella Valley where you can stretch your legs on a nature walk while learning about the desert’s plants, animals and water source. A naturalist guide will cover the history of the native people to the area, the Cahuilla Indians, and how they were able to thrive in the hottest and driest desert in North America.

With increasing awareness about alternative energy throughout the country, the Windmill Tour is quickly becoming one of the more popular choices for visitors. After all, the sight of thousands of turbines covering the valley floor on the approach to Palm Springs is quite striking, so it’s natural for your curiosity to be piqued. The 3200 turbines that are part of the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm cover land 4 miles wide and 20 miles long. The windmills are part of the West Coast Grid system and provide power to the Los Angeles metro area. This in-depth tour covers the history of the wind farm and why and how the turbines work, as well as the positive and negative environmental impacts of the windmills.

If you have the time and want to soak in as much Palm Springs as possible, The Best of the Best Tours offers a Bonanza Tour that covers highlights from all three tour options. In a small town with so much to offer, any of these tours are perfect for getting to know this desert town that is, as their motto proclaims, “like no place else.”

 

Contact:
(760) 320-1365
www.thebestofthebesttours.com
Good to know: Tour times vary, and length ranges from 1.5 hours to 4 hours. Book early during the busy winter season, but call ahead in slower seasons too as some tours need a minimum amount of guests in order to run.

 

 

Other Palm Springs Tours

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Box Canyon Biking with Palm Springs Alive

This 19.5 mile downhill bicycle ride takes your group through the stunning scenery of the Coachella Valley, from Box Canyon to the San Andreas Fault to the Salton Sea. Your guide will tell you about the history and natural wonders of the area, and refreshments are provided along the way.

(800) 979-3370

www.palmspringsalive.com/tours/ps-bike-tour

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Elite Land Tour

This company offers luxury tours of the Coachella Valley including the Joshua Tree National Park, the San Andreas Fault, the Salton Sea, the windmill farms and more. Group tours are available, and private tours can be customized to your desires. The guides here are among the best in the area.

(760) 318-1200

www.elitelandtours.com

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Big Wheel Tours

If it has wheels, this outfitter can provide it for your sightseeing excursion in Palm Springs. Check out their Jeep tours, road and mountain bike tours, guided hikes or backcountry tours. Alternatively, rent a bicycle to traverse Palm Springs at your leisure.

(760) 779-1837

www.bwbtours.com

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Desert Tasty Tours

Choose from two walking food tours in either Palm Springs or Palm Desert. Take a leisurely stroll of about 1.5 miles and sample delectable treats from six different restaurants. Along the way, learn fascinating facts about the area as well as the dining spots and food you’re sampling.

(800) 979-3370

www.deserttastytours.com

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Palm Springs Historical Walking Tours

Professional and knowledgeable guides from the Palm Springs Historical Society lead these affordable walking tours through downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. Choose from a variety of tours highlighting the town’s history, celebrities, architecture and art.

760.323.8297

www.pshistoricalsociety.org

 

 

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