Group relaxing mid-tour at Arrive Hotel (Chris Pardo, Architect)
Why PS Architecture Tours?
Trevor is a passionate, experienced and engaging architecture enthusiast who loves sharing his deep knowledge of Palm Springs architecture and history with visitors from all over the world. If you're looking for a smart, friendly, informative and accommodating tour guide who can help you get the most out of your Palm Springs visit, you've come to the right place. For candid input from other tour guests, please see Trevor's reviews on Tripadvisor.
Where does the tour meet?
Meeting locations, which are not yet determined for 2020/21, will be included in your confirmation email. All tours will meet at convenient, central locations.
What are your covid 19 protocols?
We no longer offer small group tours in one vehicle. Driving tours begin with an open-air introduction after which guests will follow their guide in a separate vehicle. Bicycle tours and hiking tours are exclusively open-air and properly distanced.
How do we communicate from car-to-car?
The citywide tour is an in-depth conversation that will use cell phone connections and onboard audio. This allows guests to ask questions and your guide to share information while traveling between sites.
Do we go inside?
All of the iconic architectural homes worth seeing inside are privately owned and not open to the public, especially during the pandemic. Visiting Palm Springs' A-list homes requires appointments with owners who charge substantial fees for cleaning, security and preservation. While we can arrange custom tours that include home interiors, most tours are designed to give visitors an affordable, enriching, entertaining experience that offers a comprehensive introduction to Palm Springs history and architecture.
The best way to see inside the best homes and buildings is to visit during Modernism Week.
How strenuous are the bike and hiking tours?
Bike tour length and relative difficulty can be adjusted to fit any level of fitness or endurance. Hiking tours are necessarily strenuous as the mountain trails surrounding the city are steep and, in many places, uneven. Both bike and hiking tours are recommended for fit, healthy individuals.
Is the tour appropriate for children?
These tours are not recommended for children. They are designed for curious adult learners and, as such, contain somewhat scholarly content regarding history and modernist architecture and design. The tours are recommended for those who can sustain active interest for two hours.