Palm Springs Tours - Things to Do - Things to See

Insider's Local Guide - The Best Palm Springs Area Tours

Attractions for All Ages: Tours in the Palm Springs California Area

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If you're looking for a tour, day trip or fun things to do and see on your Palm Springs Vacation, you'll find it here! See our complete guide to the most popular - and interesting - local Palm Springs tours - plus great places to stay in Palm Springs, Ca.

Palm Springs offers a wide variety of guided tours and self-guided tours that provide insight into the beautiful Palm Springs Desert Area Resorts area. Tours include Celebrity Home Tours, Architectural Tours, Nature Tours, Open-air tours, helicopter tours, Jeep and Hummer tours, walking tours and even a tour conducted on a stand-up scooter called a Segway. Plan your Palm Springs visit here with our complete guide to terrific Palm Springs Ca area tours.

Palm Springs Celebrity Tours

"The Grand Tour"

Address: 67555 East Palm Canyon Drive
Catherdal City, CA 92234
Phone: (760) 770-2701

Among the most popular Palm Springs tours is the Palm Springs celebrity tour, "The Grand Tour," is a 2 1/2 hour tour-bus ride showing off the luxurious history of the Coachella Valley and the estates of stars that helped put Palm Springs on the map, such as Frank Sinatra, Walter Annenberg, the Marx Brothers, and more. "The Grand Tour" cost $47 and departs at 12:30 pm on Monday and Thursday and departing at 9:30 am on Tues., Wed., Fri., and Sat. This tour can be particularly relaxing as it involves little or no walking and plenty of air-conditioning.

Don't miss the new "Champagne Celebrity Tours." This new tour starts off with chilled champagne, orange juice, and other drinks. You are sure to enjoy this new and vibrant tour. View some 5060 homes along the way and of course award winning stories from your guide. Cost $47.

Palm Springs Windmill Tours - is the only windmill farm tour that is endorsed by the Desert Wind Enegy Association. This tour goes inside the fences onto the private property where no other tour can go making stops at the windmills to give you an up close view. Cost $33

Package Deals: "The Celebrity Tour" and "The Windmill Tour" together for $69

Celebrity Tours also offers private tours with prices ranging from $75 to $190. Private celebrity homes tours include pick up from your hotel or vacation home.

Palm Springs Celebrity Tours
Tour Originates at the shopping center across from Target and Trader Joe's in Cathedral City

Address: 67555 E Palm Canyon Dr
Phone: (760) 770-2701
Website: www.thecelebritytour.com

Palm Springs Elvis Honeymoon House

Home Tour

Address: 1350 Ladera Circle
Palm Springs, Ca 92262
Phone: (760) 322-1192

Guided tours are available through what is known as the Palm Springs Elvis Honeymoon hideaway, highlighting the marriage of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, recognized by People magazine as one of the great romances of the 20th century.

A well-informed house tour guide explains the memorabilia and mentions the many interesting stories about Elvis and Prescilla, including the fact that Lisa Marie was born exactly nine months from the date of the honeymoon.

A short film features the highlights on the mid-century-modern architecture of this famous Palm Springs house plus interesting Palm Springs info highlights. A box lunch is available upon request and souvenirs are available for purchase. Visitors will be shown the famous "escape route" which left the press in front of the house speechless as the famous couple flew to Las Vegas to be married. Also, visitors will be treated to seeing old photographs of Elvis "in the Building."

Elvis Presley Honeymoon House
in Palm Springs, Ca.

Address: 1350 Ladera Circle
Phone: (760) 322-1192
Website: www.elvishoneymoon.com

Reservations in advance are required

Best of the Best Tours
Address: 490 S Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, Ca 92262
Phone: (760) 320-1365 Tickets (888) 478-7724
Website:www.thebestofthebesttours.com

Palm Springs Indian Canyons Tour

The Indian Canyon Tour is a beautiful 2 1/2 hour adventure through the various Canyons of the Coachella Valley. Visitors ride in open air jeeps and go on a 30-minute nature walk, where an experienced guide tells of plants, animals, native lore, geology and local earthquakes.

The tour also teaches visitors all about the history of native Cahuilla Indians and how they survived in the harsh heat of the desert. Tickets: $50 for adults and $45 for seniors over 65 and children 18 and under. 

Palm Springs Rich & Famous City Tours

A village of Palm Springs tour, the Rich and Famous tour takes tourists through the beautiful city of Palm Springs to learn about its history and development. The area has a large collection of custom built homes and creative architecture.

On the 1 and one half hour tour, the guide will teach about dozens of celebrities who called Palm Springs home, and play a game called "Called Guess the Star's Homes." Tickets: $40 for adults and $35 for seniors 65 + and children 18 and under.

Palm Springs Windmill Tour

When arriving into the Palm Springs area, the towering giant windmills are hard to miss. The "Palm Springs Windmill Tour" provides information about the efficient energy source that the Department of Energy anticipates may supply as much as 20% of US electricity by the year 2030, and why this Desert area location was chosen for a high concentration of active windmills.

The Windmill tour will also stop at some of the projects to learn about the windmills themselves, boasted as the most comprehensive tour of the windmills in America.

Tickets: $40 for adults, $35 for seniors 65 + and $15 for ages (13-18), and $10 for ages (12 and under).

Phone: (760) 320-1365
Website: www.thebestofthebesttours.com

Palm Springs Bonanza Tour

The Palm Springs Bonanza

First stop on this tour is Andreas Canyon, the second largest Palm oasis in North America. Here, on the first stop of this tour, you'll be able to take a guided and narrated 30 minute tour, a nature walk, with info on native animals, plants, as well as earthquake faults. This tour area is home to 3,0000 native palm trees. At the "trading post" on this stop, a snack stop and store, you are welcome to buy, if you like, a souvenir or snack or beverage.

On the next stop of this tour, you'll visit the wind turbine to discover interesting facts on the production of wind power.

The final segment of this tour is a guided tour to the glamour of Palm Springs rich and famous with a drive-by narrated "celebrity home tour." This tour time is 4 hours to 4 and a half hours in length. To reserve this tour "The Palm Springs Bonanza," please call (760) 320-1365. Tickets: $99 for adults, $94 for seniors 65 + and 18 and under.

Palm Springs Jeep and Bike Tours

Phone: (760) 779-1837

With great tour guides, the Palm Springs Jeep and Bike tours take visitors to some of the areas scenic back country locations in Palm Springs. There are several tours available ranging in costs from $95 to $159 per person, one of the longest tours provide a five-hour Joshua Tree Adventure tour will show views of the Mojave and Colorado deserts untouched by human interaction.

The Painted Fault Jeep/SUV Tour: You will see first hand what geologists have called "the most tortured landscape on earth" as you visit the backcountry trails of a Burea of Land Management Wilderness zone. Sheer canuon walls, fascinating geology, and aabundant native desert plant and animal life are highlights of this tour. The San Andreas Fault Tour lasts 4 hours. Tour cost: $159. per person.

The Earthquake Canyon Express is a relaxing 20-mile downhill bike ride through the Colorado and Mojave deserts. The course winds through Box canyon and provides views of the Salton Sea, Mt. San Jacinto, the All-American Canal and the agriculture of the Coachella Valley. It departs at 8am and 1pm every day and costs $95 per person.

Website: www.bwbtours.com

Tahquitz Canyon Tour

Tahquitz Canyon in Palm Springs

Address: 500 W. Mesquite
Just west of Palm Canyon Drive
in downtown Palm Springs
Phone: (760) 416-7044

The Tahquitz Canyon tour provides breathtaking beauty and beautiful mountain vistas. Featuring a 60-foot waterfall, rock art, ancient irrigation systems, native wildlife and plants, Tahquitz canyon is a beautiful and popular cultural area of the Agua Caliente Reservation in Palm Springs California. Ranger-led interpretive hikes last about 2 ½ hours, leaving every 2 hours, and aim to teach visitors all about the ancient rock formations and the history of the Agua Caliente Indians. Self-Guided hikes are also available from opening time at 7:30 to 3:30. Admission to Tahquitz Canyon costs $12.50 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under.

Website: www.tahquitzcanyon.com

Adventure Hummer Tours

Pickups at Ralphs Shopping Center in Palm Desert and many area hotels

Address: 74884 Country Club Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Phone: (760) 285-0876
Phone Toll Free: 877-WE-HUMMER
1(877)934-8664

"We are the largest daily tour operator into Joshua Tree National Park and the Canyons of the San Andreas Fault. Our famous yellow Hummers go into 2 billion year old canyons and arrive at Summit Point inside Joshua Tree."

We take you to the BEST LOCATIONS other tours cannot go...

SAN ANDREAS FAULT
Where other local tours must turn around, we can explore more of the Canyons of the San Andreas Fault. With our special permits and superior vehicles, we climb higher into a place call the "transition zone" at 3000 feet within Berdoo Canyon. Visit Canyons over 2 billion years old and walk over a bridge that straddles the San Andreas Fault.

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

We are the only daily tour that can take you into this area. Don't miss this magical place.

It is where the Colorado and Mojave Deserts meet in one of the oldest canyons in the United States. Take your cameras!

We follow the backroads to Joshua Tree National Park with special permits with the National Park Service.
Where it takes about an hour for other tour companies just to reach the National Park from Palm Springs, our first stop is within 15 minutes of your departure!

We have THE BEST VEHICLES.
We provide a unique experience on a variety of exciting open air H1 Hummers as well as luxury H2 Hummers. Also ask about our stretch Hummer and luxury bus additions.
Our vehicles are reoutfitted with brand new clean burning engines and enhanced suspensions.
All vehicles offer FORWARD FACING stadium seats - an enhanced experience in comfort and scenery.

We have THE BEST GUIDES
All guides have taken mandatory geology courses with the National Park's own Desert Institute, passed rigorous driving tests and are enrolled in the CHP Pull program to insure driver safety and compliance with DMV excellence.

We have THE BEST REPUTATION. We are consistently chosen as the best Eco Tour by Palm Springs' finest hotels as the preferred vendor for its guests to visit Joshua Tree National Park with SPECIAL PERMITS with the National Park Service. We are also AAA and TripAdvisor recommended.

Website: www.AdventureHummer.com

Sky Watcher Tour

An evening spent with Sky Watcher is pure magic, as participants explore the fantastic legends and romantic heroes that surround the heavenly bodies with which we share this universe. Listen to your star guide navigate the solar system and weave fantastic tales about the constellations above as you peer through the Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain computerized telescope or sky binoculars provided for you.

36101 Bob Hope Dr Suite E5-420
Rancho Mirage, Ca 92270
Phone: (760) 832-8620 x51
www.sky-watcher.com

Palm Springs Walking Tours

Phone: (760) 333-2705
Address: 193 S. Palm Canyon Drive,
Palm Springs, Ca
Website: www.pswalkingtours.com

Enjoy entertaining and informative walking tours of downtown Palm Springs with a professional guide.

October - May
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays

  • The Architecture of Palm Springs - 90 min. tour
  • Palm Springs Past to Present - 90 min. tour

The Walking Tours meet at 193 S. Palm Canyon Drive. Tours last approximately 2 hours and cost $20 a person.

Call (760) 333-2705 or visit pswalkingtours.com for more information

Segway Palm Springs Coming Soon!!

Be the first to hear when they launch Segway Palm Springs and get exclusive deals!

Phone: (760) 537-5532

Celebrity Tours

Imagine yourself living the good life in the Palm Springs area on one-and-two-hour guided sight seeing tours to movie stars homes, country clubs or the Greater Palm Springs area's unique date tree farms.

Phone: (760) 770-2701 
Website: www.palmspringsalive.com

 

 

 

Desert Adventures Eco Tours & Events

The famous Red Jeep tour company is proud to be the longest running and most respected tour company in the Greater Palm Springs Area. That's because their quality and service are unmatched.

When you book a tour with Desert Adventures, you are guaranteed to visit the most scenic viewpoints, best points of interest, and have one of the most memorable, entertaining and involving experiences of your life!

Why Desert Adventures is #1:

  • Most Experienced: They've been in business over 25 years. That's longer than any other tour company. They are the most respected operator in the area.
  • Best Guides: They have the most highly trained and knowledgeable guides. Most guides have been with them 15+ years. Their guides constantly update their information to make sure it is accurate and relevant.
  • Most in-depth tours: You will spend quality time at your destination on your tour. You will visit the most amazing points of interest while your expert guide explains secrets and little know facts.
  • All-inclusive pricing: Their tours includes park entrance fees and meal packages are available. There are never any hidden costs or fees.
  • Eco-friendly touring: They practice responsible eco-tourism, including a "Take Only Memories, Leave Only Footprints" philosophy. Select tours use eco-friendly CNG-powered, climate-controlled vehicles.

Many tours are available including Indian Canyons, San Andreas Fault, Joshua Tree National Park and more!

Address: 74-794 Lennon Place, Suite B, Palm Desert, CA 92260
Phone: (760) 324-5337
Toll free: 1(888) 440-5337
Website: www.red-jeep.com

Palm Springs Helicopter & Airplane Tours

Experience the Palm Springs area's natural beauty of the San Jacinto Mountains from the sky - with un-beatable vistas of the gorgeous Palm Springs desert resort area.

Custom helicopter and airplane tour packages are available the Palm Springs California area by Dedicated Helicopters, Inc. The tours are available via Dedicated Helicopters, a company that in addition to tours provides VIP helicopter transportation throughout Southern California plus sightseeing, tours, movie, TV camera services, and commercial helicopter flight operations.

For More Information or to schedule reservations for your Palm Springs Helicopter Tour

Phone: (760) 898-9601
Website: www.dedicatedhelicopters.com

Palm Springs Area
Hot Air Balloon Rides Flights

Balloon Above the Desert

Phone: (760) 347-0410
Website: www.balloonabovethedesert.com

Add to your vacation in Palm Springs experience by enjoying your own private Palm Springs aerial tour high above the hot-air Balloon Above the Palm Springs Desert area. This tour offers flights daily at sunrise and sunset. You can enjoy peacefully floating over the greater Palm Springs area in the worlds first form of aviation. A vacation experience for your enjoyment! Flights are seasonal November - May. Price range $175 to $225 per person.

Dream Flights - Balloon Rides

Phone: (760) 321-5154
Website: www.info@dreamflights.com

Gently dance with the winds as you enjoy majestic beauty above the Palm Springs Coachella Valley! Highlights include: Sunrise or Sunset flights, toasting champange ar your landing site, receive a certificate of ascension, and round trip transportation provided.  Price range $125 to $145 per person.

Have Fun - Balloon Rides

Phone: (760) 646-8884
Website: www.flyhotairballoons.com

The beauitful winter weather that draws people from around the world is what makes ballooning in the Coachella valley so incredible. Fly over Indio, Coachella, Thermal, Indian Wells, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Palm Springs, and more. Your adventure will last 3-4 hours with flight time in the balloon approximately 40 minutes to one hour.  

Magical Adventure - Balloon Rides

Phone: (619) 865-1187
Website: www.hotairfun.com

Enjoy romantic sunrise balloon flights over the elegant polo fields, orchards, homes, and majestic mountain ranges of Cochella Valley - Palm Desert. Flights include premium champagne, juice or mimosa, a commemorative flight certificate and souvenir picture. Magical Adventure also offers Specialty Banners, Weddings, and Private Tether Rides. Price range $220 and up

Palm Springs Modern Tour
Architecture Tour

Phone: (760) 318-6118

Iconic Palm Springs Architecture

Guided by an energetic, knowledgable and entertaining local expert and historian of all things Midcentury Modern, Robert Imber, the Palm Springs Modern Tour owner and tour guide, this is a very informative and comprehensive three-hour city-wide overview of Palm Springs mid-century modern architecture and heritage, both residential and commercial buildings.

On this tour you can learn about the masters of mid-century design who lived and worked in Palm Springs (Frey, Wexler, for example) as well as the internationally famous designers who brought innovation to the desert architecture in the mid-20th century era such as Neutra, Lautner and others.

The Palm Springs Midcentury Tour is small (mini-van) so advance reservations are encouraged. Palm Springs Mid-century Modern Tours Phone (760) 318-6118.

Palm Springs Architecture
The Modern Tour, Palm Springs
By Architectural Author Michael Stern

Twin Palms Frank Sinatra Estate in Palm Springs

You are invited Join Michael Stern, author of the Rizzoli publication "Julius Shulman: Palm Springs" as he escorts you on a private tour of Palm Springs' amazing collection of mid-century modern architecture.

View the work of Richard Neutra, John Lautner, Donald Wexler, Albert Frey and William Cody. Celebrity homes include Frank Sinatra, William Holden, Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Lawford and numerous others.

Private, residential interiors of some of Palm Springs most fabulous homes are featured on this tour. For more information please call Michael Stern, phone (760) 904-0904

Palm Springs Architectural Tours
Interiors Exteriors

Website: www.themoderntour.com
Email: info@themoderntour.com
Phone (760) 904-0904

The Modern Architectural Palm Springs California Area

The O'Donnell House Tour

Overlooking the Palm Springs California
Mountain Range

O'Donnell House tour guests will be ushered up the long up-hill driveway by carts and will be amazed by the incredible mountain views. Tour participants will enjoy a 90 min. tour, beginning with the Palm Springs area Native American lore and the arrival of John Guthrie McCallum in 1884. The tour will encompass the early days through to the current. The house is filled with beautiful original tiles and stonework. It is meticulously restored with all period furniture (1920's).

Visitors on this tour will also learn about the history of Thomas O'Donnell (an oilman and Palm Springs pioneer who also built and funded the O'Donnell Golf Club) in downtown Palm Springs and Nellie Coffman and their major contributions to the Palm Springs area. They will then be carted back down the hill, hopefully a little wiser about the valley and the history of Palm Springs.

To schedule a tour:
O'Donnell House Tour
Phone: 760-880-9358 or
Toll free: 800-966-9597

Location: 412 West Tahquitz Canyon Way
(760) 880-9358
(800) 966-9597
Website: www.thewillowspalmsprings.com

Palm Springs Area Ground Tour

Little Hollywood Tours
AAA Five Star Adventures

In Palm Springs, the desert enviornment offers oasis, earthquake faults, turbine windmills, and the Native American culture. On the original"It's All About Palm Springs" and "Legends and Icons Tour," you learn the inside stories of all the movie stars who made Palm Springs their "getaway" from Hollywood. You will see over 50 famous celebrity homes such as Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and Suzanne Sommers.

Featured tours include:

  • Palm springs Clebrity 360 Tour $60 
  • It's All About Palm Springs Tour $149 
  • Mid-Century Movie Star Home Combo $99 
  • The Mobs & Movie Star Experience $159 

Tour info: (760) 320-1500
Toll free: (800) 951-9495
Website: Website: www.fivestaradventuresinc.com

Big Wheel Tours
Joshua Tree Area

Rugged off-road tours to Joshua Tree and red Canyon. On or off-road bike tours available and bicycle rentals also available. Guided hiking tours through the Indian Canyons, the Salton Sea or the San Andreas Fault.

(760) 779-1837
Website: www.bwbtours.com

The Best of the Best Tours
of Palm Springs, California

Offering a variety of Tours of the Palm Springs area including Indian Canyon Tours Every Day. Available tours include the Rich & Famous City/Celebrity Tour; Every Day Windmill Tours. Each Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday at 9:00 am until 11:00 am plus 2:00 pm, The Bonanza Tour. Also offering combination tour of Indian Canyons; The Celebrity Tour and the Windmill Combo Tour; Indian Canyon - Celebrity - Combo Tour; Celebrity Tour; Windmills.

"Best of the Best" Tours
start at this location:
Spa Resort & Casino

(760) 320-1365
100 N. Indian Canyon
Website: www.thebestofthebesttours.com

Covered Wagon Tours 
of Coachella Valley Preserve

Step back in time on a covered wagon drawn by draft mules. This tour is narrated for individuals or groups. Western cookouts and live entertainment. September-June only.

Phone: (760) 347-2161
Website: www.coveredwagontours.com

The above tour information is subject to change at the discretion of the individual tour operator. Vacation Palm Springs is making this information available as a convenience for Palm Springs tourists. The information, while deemed reliable, is not guaranteed for accuracy. It is understood and agreed that all tours are taken at the risk of the individual.

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Vacation Lodging & Accommodations in Palm Springs, Calif.

Phone: 1-760-778-7832
Toll free: 1-800-590-3110

Vacation Palm Springs
Rentals & Real Estate
Address:
1276 N Palm Canyon Drive, 211
Palm Springs, Ca 92262

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