David Abolafia

Take the Tour: Palm Springs

David Abolafia

When traveling to a new city, it can be extremely helpful to get the lay of the land before setting off on your adventure. For this reason, guided tours are an extremely popular – and informative way – to learn about the more fascinating attractions, and determine where you wish spend more time. Palm Springs, for example, offers a number of tours that let you learn the ins and outs of this resort city, giving you helpful insight for further planning your days.

To take in the scenery, climb aboard the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. As a passenger on “the world’s largest rotating tramcar,” you will experience a breathtaking journey up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon. Begin the 10-minute ride at the Valley Station and end at the Mountain Station, an ascent of 2.5 miles. No matter what the season, whether you are enjoying spectacular views or hiking in a pristine wilderness, a one-of-a-kind experience can be had by all.

Sometimes, to get where the action is, you have to go off-road… and that’s the specialty of Adventure Hummer Tours. Ride aboard an open-air H1 or a luxury air-conditioned H2 and discover the wonders of Joshua Tree National Park, the canyons of the San Andreas Fault and the massive Salton Sea (the second lowest point in the United States). For wine lovers, there’s the “Palm to Vines” Wine Tasting Tour, where you can savor the vineyards of Temecula. Foodies will enjoy the “Taste of Palm Springs” Dinner Tour, while those with an interest in exploring the city can get an introduction to the area’s history and culture on “The Best of Palm Springs” City Tour.

At PS Architecture Tours, you can experience Palm Springs’ world-famous mid-century modern architecture on a personally guided tour with one of California’s most knowledgeable and accommodating architectural tour professionals. Join Trevor O’Donnell for a fascinating exploration of the city’s unique concentration of modernist homes and buildings (in air-conditioned comfort). Learn about a remarkable group of architects, builders and celebrity clients, and listen to the back stories that add life, humor, intrigue and awe to Palm Springs’ extraordinary modernist legacy.

Connect and explore with those who are drawn to “walking in beautiful places” on Trail Discovery Hiking Tours. Every day there are new opportunities to explore and learn. Deserts, mountains, canyons, palm oasis, San Andreas Fault… you decide! Choose from an easy, nature walk or an aerobic challenge to the top of a mountain.  How about a great 3-5 mile moderate hike to a magical spot where few people go? Enjoy fresh air, amazing wilderness, peaceful settings, interesting info on your surroundings, healthy exercise, wildlife viewing and more!

Discover the wonders of renewable energy at Palm Springs Windmill Tours, the only windmill farm tour endorsed by the Desert Wind Energy Association. While traveling on a state-of-the-art, air-conditioned bus, you’ll view a historic photo gallery chronicling the evolution of windmill design, explore hands-on exhibits of failed machines and study the faults in their designs, drive behind the fences onto a private working wind farm and stand face to face with the largest windmill in the Coachella Valley. You can also pair the wind farm tour with a behind-the-scenes look at the celebrity lifestyle. Simply sign up for The Grand Tour – courtesy of Palm Springs Celebrity Tours – and see between 50 and 60 stars’ homes, as well as the area’s largest mushroom, the “Gum House” and the “House of Wax.” Learn a bunch of fun facts and enjoy the Coachella Valley’s “Best Date Shake.”

And for a unique means of seeing the town, there’s the Social Cycle – a 16-passenger “party on wheels,” a Dutch-style bicycle that is pedal-powered by its riders. Ideal for get-togethers of all kinds, this unique group rental bicycle is a festive, refreshing, eco-friendly alternative to the typical party bus — encouraging socializing and having fun with friends (even making some new ones!), all while safely enjoying the fresh California air, local sights and light exercise outdoors.

To take a tour of Palm Springs, or to discover one of our other many tour-worthy travel destinations, give us a call at (888) 269-0182 Mon – Fri 9am to 5pm.

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