Midcentury Modern Tours in Greater Palm Springs

Butterfly rooflines, colorful front doors and A-frame facades galore: Few places in the world feature such a treasure trove of midcentury modern architecture as Greater Palm Springs. Travel back in time and see some of these architectural gems for yourself on one of several midcentury modern tours offered year-round.

Knowledgeable guides share in-depth history behind the buildings as well as the artists and architects who created them—all you have to do is keep an open mind and your camera ready. A few iconic homes you won’t want to miss include:

  • Elvis’ Honeymoon Hideaway (aka the “House of Tomorrow”)
  • Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms Estate (known for its piano-shaped swimming pool)
  • Albert Frey House II (built into the side of a massive boulder)
  • The Kaufmann House (site of the famous Slim Aarons “Poolside Gossip” photograph)

View a Donald Wexler original from inside an air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz coach with Five Star Adventure Tours. Cruise through historic neighborhoods on a group bicycle tour with PS Architecture Tours. Explore the interiors of fabulous midcentury modern homes with Palm Springs Mod Squad. Visit former celebrity estates with The Modern Tour, the official tour of the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture & Design center. Or use digital tablets to compare a home’s vintage and contemporary photos on an outing with MidMod Design Tour.

Regardless of which midcentury modern tour you choose, you’ll find a whole new appreciation for the arts and culture scene in Greater Palm Springs.

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An inside look at Desert Modernism

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