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Palm Springs Modernism Architecture & History Bike Tour

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Palm Springs, US
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Experience the magic of Palm Springs' architectural gems on the Modern & More Bike Tour. This 2.5 to 3-hour adventure takes you through three historic residential neighborhoods, where you'll immerse yourself in the rich history and stunning designs of the midcentury era. No need to worry about steep hills or heavy traffic, as this tour is designed for riders of all skill levels. Your knowledgeable guide will share fascinating tidbits about specific homes and architects along the way, making frequent stops for photos and to absorb the beauty of these iconic structures. Please note that bikes are not included, but our rental agency offers a discount for tour participants and has a range of colorful cruiser bikes and electric pedal-assist bikes available. Whether you're an architecture enthusiast or simply want to explore Palm Springs' unique charm, this tour is not to be missed. Book your spot today and prepare for a journey through design history like no other.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 2 hours 30 minutes - 3 hours
  • Suitable for 1-4 Participants
  • Private Tour, Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Explore three distinctive and historic neighborhoods
  • Visit luxury midcentury houses in Deepwell Estates
  • Discover Twin Palms Estates, a historic neighborhood
  • Experience the condo community from "Don't Worry Darling"
  • See more luxury vacation homes in Indian Canyons
  • Bottled water
  • Expert tour guide
  • Perfect weather
  • Bikes are not included in the tour price. please rent from big wheel tours, or you are welcome to bring your own bikes if you have access to some.
  • Bring sunscreen! we have 500 days of sun a year!
  • Bring extra water! it's the desert -- you'll be glad you did!
  • Tour guide gratuity is completely optional, of course! (cash or venmo or margaritas, lol)

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Introduction

Get ready for an unforgettable journey through the rich architecture and history of Palm Springs with the Modern & More Bike Tours. This small group bike tour takes you on a 2.5 to 3 hour exploration of three residential neighborhoods that are brimming with architectural treasures and fascinating stories. Whether you're a novice or an expert cyclist, this tour offers a delightful experience with quiet streets, constant sunshine, and minimal traffic. And fear not, this is not an athletic tour, so everyone can join in on the fun!

What to expect?

During this tour, you can anticipate immersing yourself in the unique and exceptional features of Deepwell Estates, Twin Palms, and Indian Canyons. With frequent stops for photos and in-depth insights from your knowledgeable guide, you'll truly appreciate the details of specific homes and the renowned architects who designed them. Marvel at the luxury midcentury houses in Deepwell Estates, explore the historic Twin Palms Estates built by the Alexander Construction Company and designed by William Krisel, and discover the condo community that served as a filming location for "Don't Worry Darling." This captivating tour promises a total duration of 150 to 180 minutes, providing you with an extensive experience of Palm Springs' architectural wonders.

Who is this for?

The Modern & More Bike Tours is designed for serious architecture and history enthusiasts who crave academic-level information and detail. If you have a deep appreciation for the intricacies of architectural design and enjoy learning about the stories behind the homes, this tour is tailor-made for you. While this tour may not be as enjoyable for some children, it welcomes participants of all skill levels and cycling abilities, ensuring an inclusive experience for everyone.

Why book this?

Embark on the Modern & More Bike Tours to witness the magic of Palm Springs' architectural heritage like never before. With an experienced content writer as your guide, you'll be captivated by the stories and history that bring these neighborhoods to life. An engaging and exciting journey awaits, where you'll gain a profound understanding and appreciation for the significance of architectural design in Palm Springs. Don't miss your chance to explore this architectural wonderland.

Good to know

It's important to note that bikes are not included in the tour package. However, the tour operator has partnered with a local rental agency where the journey begins and ends. The rental agency offers a discount for tour participants and provides a range of options, including colorful cruiser bikes and electric pedal-assist bikes. Remember to arrive at the meeting point, Big Wheel Tours, where you can rent your bikes or park your own for free. Late-arriving guests may be accommodated within a 10-minute grace period.

Reviews

Customers who have had the pleasure of joining the Modern & More Bike Tours rave about the insightful experience and deep knowledge of the guide. They appreciate the attention to detail and the opportunity to explore Palm Springs' architectural gems in a small group setting. Many praise the tour for enriching their understanding of the city's history and awakening a newfound passion for architecture. Overall, past participants express satisfaction with the tour's performance and highly recommend it to fellow architecture enthusiasts and curious travelers.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Deepwell Estates

Home to many luxury midcentury houses built starting in 1950.

Canyon View Estates

Condo community designed by William Krisel in 1961 -- the location where "Don't Worry Darling" was filmed.

Indian Canyons Golf Resort

More luxury vacation homes, built starting in 1960.

Reviews

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5 (238)

Isabel_M

Did this tour with a girlfriend and loved it! Very interesting and beautiful. Would definitely do this again if I was in town with different people.

157darbys

Fantastic tour that provides a look into the history of Palm Springs and lets you see classic Palm Springs homes. The majority of the biking takes place on residential streets and gives you a look at Palm Springs you might miss from the car.

Hamilton_H

Super interesting stories about the architecture and owners across three generations of stars. Though I've lived around here for years, the casual tour took me to parts of Palm Springs I've never seen before. A must do!

alysa2565

Brennan is awesome! This is a must do tour of Palm Springs. It’s a very easy bike ride with lots of opportunity for stops and pictures. Brennan is so knowledgeable and passionate about Palm Springs preservation and architecture. We learned so much! Brennan is like a local celebrity. He clearly loves what he does and is a pleasure to spend time with.

Treffle_L

Brenan was a wonderful leader of our trip. He was friendly, knowledgeable, and totally engaging on the tour. We had a blast and would do it again!

Jordan_W

Brennan was very knowledgeable and a pleasure to be around. We saw so many beautiful homes and learned plenty thanks to our guide. And the ride was smooth and easy. We recommend!

MartinL

Don't miss this bicycle tour of Mid Mod architecture in historic Palm Springs neighborhoods. Brennan is an excellent tour guide! You'll learn SO much about Palm Springs history while cycling by some gorgeous examples of mid-20th-century homes.

helen_h

We were on a Backroads hike/bike trip in Palm springs and Joshua Tree. If you know Backroads, they know the best places, where to go and who to do it with and they selected Brennan for our guide. Until this trip we had mostly been in the parks and in nature so I did not have a good feel for Palm Springs. Brennan gave us the most wonderful tour with the history of Palm Springs, the architecture and then the homes of the old Hollywood celebrities and what brought them to Palm Springs. I love facts like: in the olden days, movie stars could not venture more than 100 miles from a set in case they were called back to redo a scene. Palm Springs is 100 miles from Hollywood. Also, paparrazzi could not stalk the stars outside of 85 mile radius so Palm Springs was the perfect place for them. Much of the architecture is geared towards privacy. So interesting. Brennan was the best!

gale_f

Brennan was a fabulous guide. We met in the parking lot behind the Big Wheel bike rental shop and traveled around 3 different neighborhoods with Brennan describing different types of architecture and landscape design. He was so friendly and full of information!! He was a considerate and personal guide. We had a great time and definitely would recommend this tour with Brennan.

pvpzwd2zn2

Great personalized tour. Great info and great stories. Highlight of our trip! Will be back soon to do again.
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