Modern Tours of the
Mid-Century Architecture that makes
Palm Springs, California Famous

Featured Tours

Modern Architecture 101

Iconic buildings and hidden gems that capture the essence of modernism - desert style!


Palm Springs Door Tour

The colorful and stylish doors of Palm Springs are a modernist mainstay.

Selfie wall mural instagram tour

Seriously Selfie Tour

The most Instagram-able spots in all of Palm Springs.

About Our Tours

Our Palm Springs architectural tours are self-driven, meaning you can go at your own pace, and stop, look, and get out of the car to take photos any time you want, without worrying about holding up a whole tour group.

Yes, you can have as many people as you like in the car—all for the same price.

Our modern tours take approximately 90-120 minutes and use audio, photos and more in our online platform so that you can learn about the fascinating history, and bold architecture of Palm Springs.

Modern Tour FAQs

How do the tours work, exactly?

Our tours are multi-media audio and photographic tours that will take you on a self-driving route.  Load up the tour online, and follow the guided directions, while listening to the tour audio.

Do I need Wi-Fi or cellular data for a tour?

Taking one of our tours requires Wi-Fi or cellular data, as they run online. At this time they are not downloadable for offline use. It is possible to purchase or rent portable Wi-Fi Hotspots like the Skyroam device which will allow you to access data for much less than traditional cell phone roaming rates. (We're looking at you, Canada!) Read about that option on this blog, where there's also a promo code for a discount on the device. 

Do I have to take the tour in a specific order?

Modern Tours Palm Springs tours run in a specific order, but do allow for you to stop, explore, marvel at the beautiful homes and buildings, and make deviations along the way. Even stop for lunch!

How long will my tour take?

Before purchasing a tour, you'll see the estimated time to complete the tour.

Most of our tours are designed to take between 90 minutes to two hours, but since you’re in the driver’s seat, you set the pace of your tour. You can pause the tour at any time if you see something interesting.

Do I have to take the tour right after I buy it?

No. After your purchase, you’ll have 30 days to take the tour before your subscription will expire. If you like, buy it today, and you can flip through it to get an idea of what you’ll see, then drive it for real when you arrive in Palm Springs.

What happens when I buy a tour?

After you’ve purchased your tour, you’ll first listen to the tour introduction and then you'll make your way to the first stop where the tour will begin. 

How can I listen to the audio of the tour?

Any way you like! You’ll be able to listen to the tour audio on your phone, tablet or connected car speakers, or using a Bluetooth speaker if you want. 

What will I see on a tour?

In addition to the audio you can also read a written description of each stop, and look at photos. Of course, you'll be parked in front of each destination too, to be able to see it for yourself.

Whenever possible, our tours include interior photos, historical photos and documents, and historical facts and fascinating stories. 

How do I get to & from each stop?

Our self-guided tour uses Google Maps to navigate you from location to location. Once you've finished at each stop, you'll have Google Maps instructions on where to go next.

Is your audio tour accessible for the deaf & hard of hearing?

Absolutely! Each tour comes with an English transcript of the accompanying audio for accessibility. 

Directions to the next stop are given through Google Maps.

How much data will the tour use on my smartphone?

We estimate one of our tours will use approximately 0.02gb of data.

Please note all roaming fees, data charges and overages are your responsibility and we are not responsible for additional charges you may incur with your wireless provider.


Self-Guided Door Tour

Our Door Tour shows you some of Palm Springs’ most gorgeous and photogenic homes, using their often colourful front doors as a jumping off point.

You can take the tour on your own with our handy e-book and map guide. Go at your own pace; take a carload of family or borrow a bike and join some friends.

This is the ultimate door tour because you can customize it for yourself, and the time you have available.

Got a question about Modern Tours Palm Springs? Let us know and we'll get right back to you.

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