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Featured Tours

Modern Architecture 101

Take our popular 90 minute self-driving multimedia tour of some notable buildings and many more hidden gems that capture the essence of desert modernism!

This tour features an audio tour guide plus interactive real-time mapping and directions, and many photos of interiors and exteriors, so you're fully able to appreciate Palm Springs modernism—at your own pace.

Palm Springs Door Tour

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

This 60-page e-book shares photos, exact addresses, and short info snippets about dozens of cool doors and modernist home facades that you can see for yourself in Palm Springs.

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Seriously Selfie Tour

The most Instagram-able spots in all of Palm Springs. Our ten page PDF is FREE and shares some of the best spots to snap iconic photos as you explore beautiful Palm Springs California.

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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.

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

Our premium self guided modern multimedia tours—like the Modern Architecture 101 tour—take approximately 90-120 minutes and use audio, interactive mapping and directions, and photos via our online platform so that you can learn about the fascinating history and bold architecture of Palm Springs, without needing to keep up with a tour group.

Want something a little quicker? Download the free Seriously Selfie Tour or purchase the Door Tour e-book for a shorter, more simplified experience.

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.

When you buy a tour, you'll get the address and a Google Maps link that directs you to the starting point for the tour. Once you're there, press play and your "Tour Narrator" will inform you about this stop.

When you're ready to move on to the next stop, follow the directions from the included Google Maps link to the next address. Once you're there, just press play.

You'll repeat this process at your own pace until your tour is complete.

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.

 
 
 
 

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