Palm Springs Historical Walking Tours

Palm Springs Historical Walking Tours Join the Palm Springs Historical Society on remarkable walking tours through Palm Springs. Hear stories of history, architecture & glamour. The McCallum Adobe, is located at 221 South Palm Canyon Drive.
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Please bring a hat, water, sunscreen and wear comfortable shoes for tours. Reservations required - Call 760.323.8297 or www.pshistoricalsociety.org Tour 1: THE HEART OF THE CITY Learn exciting stories of how Palm Springs came to be! Starting at our McCallum Adobe, built in 1884, then stroll through old La Plaza, built in 1936. Follow the steps of the pioneers as they laid the foundation for the Palm Springs of today. See what changed, what remains. One of our most popular tours. Approximately 1 1/2 hours. - Wednesday - 9:30 AM - Saturday - 11:00 AM Tour 2: GOLDEN ERA OF HOLLYWOOD HOMES IN OLD LAS PALMAS Walk among the stars in this prestigious and historic neighborhood which has one of the highest concentrations of celebrity homes . (Elizabeth Taylor, Lucille Ball, Gene Autry, Kirk Douglas, and many others). Approximately 2.5 hours. - Monday, Thursday & Sunday 9:30 Tour 3: INNS, ARCHITECTURE AND GLAMOUR Experience some of the most beautiful historic, charming, and secluded hotels in this premier neighborhood where stars like Frank Sinatra, Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Queen Latifah and John Travolta stayed and played. Truly a VIP Tour. Approximately 2 hours. - Wednesday - 9:30 AM Tour 4: CELEBRITY HAVEN: The Tennis Club Neighborhood. Explore boutique resorts designed by renowned architects. See hideaways where stars like Errol Flynn, Gloria Swanson, Cameron Diaz & Al Pacino enjoyed the serenity of these spectacular desert surroundings. - Tuesday & Saturday 9:30 AM Tour 5: RAT PACK NEIGHBORHOOD - Modernist Homes of Vista Las Palmas A trendy mid-century tract development, stunning Modernist homes appear custom-designed. See where the Rat Pack members and other celebrities lived and frolicked (Dean Martin, Debbie Reynolds, Elvis Presley, Kim Novak and many others). Approximately 2 hours. - Tuesday & Saturday 9:30 AM Tour 6: STARS AND STAR-CHITECTS - In Deepwell Stroll through this pristine mid-century neighborhood with elegant Modernist homes, designed by the desert's most renowned architects. View homes of some of the biggest names (Loretta Young, William Holden, Liberace, Jerry Lewis, Carmen Miranda and others). Learn fascinating secrets of the stars on this exciting tour. Approximately 2.5 hours. - Monday 9:30 AM Tour 7: FRANK SINATRA'S NEIGHBORHOOD: The Movie Colony. Visit enchanting old Palm Springs, home to Hollywood royalty Cary Grant, Gloria Swanson, Tony Curtis, and many others. Frank Sinatra made it his neighborhood when his iconic mid-century home became party central. Approximately 2 hours. - Friday 9:30 AM NEW Tour 8: HIDDEN PARADISE: Show Biz Legends in the Mesa. This beautiful secluded hillside neighborhood has long been home to the Hollywood elite, like Natalie Wood, Cher, and Robert Wagner. Today Barry Manilow and Suzanne Sommer's reside here. With its eclectic variety of architecture, it's truly a slice of paradise. Approximately 2 hours. - Tuesday 9:30 AM NEW Tour 9. BOOM TOWN: The Story of Uptown Palm Springs. Discover the history and architecture of Uptown Palm Springs through 3 Boom Eras: pre-WWII, postwar and today. Stroll the design district and visit historic resort hotels that reflect the town's relaxing and glamorous atmosphere. Approximately 2.5 hours. - Friday 9:30 AM PRIVATE TOURS: ARCHITECTURAL GEMS OR PALM SPRINGS HIGHLIGHTS. We provide a Historical Guide to show your private group the beauty, glamour and allure of Palm Springs. You choose the itinerary tailored to your interest and you provide and drive the vehicle - car, van, limo, bus or we can walk. Approximately 2.5 hours. During PALM SPRINGS MODERNISM WEEKS in October and February, we will add a special Modernism tour. This is an exciting celebration of mid-century modern design, architecture and culture. Tour 10: ARCHITECTURAL ICONS of Fashion and Finance See how Palm Springs captured the imagination of desert modern architects who designed iconic mid-century structures on Palm Canyon. Approximately 1 1/2 hours. Time and day will be announce.

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#10 Modernist Treasures Tour:  Did you know that William Lear (1902-78) Inventor of the Lear Jet, owned a home in PS? Fr...
04/30/2020

#10 Modernist Treasures Tour: Did you know that William Lear (1902-78) Inventor of the Lear Jet, owned a home in PS? Frank Sinatra a first Lear Jet owner, transported his famous Rat Pack, Elvis and movie locales between Las Vegas and sanctuary of P.S. Tours resume October 19, 2020.

LUCILLE rented a home in Old Las Palmas at a time when her pregnancy was written into the story line of TV's "I LOVE LUC...
04/10/2020

LUCILLE rented a home in Old Las Palmas at a time when her pregnancy was written into the story line of TV's "I LOVE LUCY" even though the use of the words "pregnant" and "pregnancy" were forbidden. Take Walking Tour 2: Golden Era of Hollywood to view this home.

CARY GRANT lived in a special guest house designed for him on an Old Las Palmas estate.  Everything was initialed A.L. f...
04/05/2020

CARY GRANT lived in a special guest house designed for him on an Old Las Palmas estate. Everything was initialed A.L. for Archibald Leach, Cary's real name--even the toilet seat! Another fun story on the P.S. Historical Society walking tour: Golden Era of Hollywood Homes. (9:30 M, Th, Su).

KIRK DOUGLAS:  The Hollywood superstar who resided in Old Las Palmas for 4 decades covered all the walls and  ceiling of...
04/04/2020

KIRK DOUGLAS: The Hollywood superstar who resided in Old Las Palmas for 4 decades covered all the walls and ceiling of his pool house with unique "wall paper" - his movie posters. Hear the story: Golden Era Walking Tour

Fun Fact:  Did you know that over 500 movie stars lived in Palm Springs? Take one of our 11 Walking Tours starting in Oc...
03/28/2020

Fun Fact: Did you know that over 500 movie stars lived in Palm Springs?
Take one of our 11 Walking Tours starting in October 2020 and learn our star history.

Robolights is made out of discarded recycled materials. You don't want to miss this!
03/11/2020

Robolights is made out of discarded recycled materials. You don't want to miss this!

Get your steps in 🚶 Walking tours are a great way to see Palm Springs and learn about its history. The Movie Colony has Frank Sinatra’s home, Robolights and so much more! Sign up on our website.

You never know what happens on a PS Historical Society Bike Tour - Excited guests were  offered flowers from the  party ...
03/05/2020

You never know what happens on a PS Historical Society Bike Tour - Excited guests were offered flowers from the party at the Leonardo DiCaprio House!

03/01/2020
BIKE Palm Springs Rentals & Tours

Bike weather is perfect, enjoy a tour of Palm Springs. Go to our site pshistoricalsociety.org and book with your friends.

In case you didn’t know... We do tours! - Well, the Palm Springs historical Society Docents do! A two hour tour through several neighborhoods in beautiful Palm Springs. We send you off equipped with an audio ear piece so you can clearly hear wonderful stories about PS, historical facts and the fabulous movie stars that lived and played in our city! -
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3 DAYS ONLY:  9:30 MARCH 9, 16 & 23 TWIN PALMS TOURA jewel among our desert, Palm Springs' first midcentury neighborhood...
03/01/2020

3 DAYS ONLY: 9:30 MARCH 9, 16 & 23 TWIN PALMS TOUR
A jewel among our desert, Palm Springs' first midcentury neighborhood developed by the Alexander's & Architects Palmer/Krisel. Celebrities Eddie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Charlie Farrell and Ray Bradbury chose to live in this unique neighborhood.

NEW TOUR COMING SOON: "Twin Palms".  Check our site for pop up dates in March/April.  Private tours available.  Call 760...
02/16/2020

NEW TOUR COMING SOON: "Twin Palms". Check our site for pop up dates in March/April. Private tours available. Call 760.323.8297.

https://pshistoricalsociety.org/products/lets-talk-the-palm-springs-aerial-tramway-yesterday-today-and-tomorrow
01/12/2020
Let's Talk - The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

https://pshistoricalsociety.org/products/lets-talk-the-palm-springs-aerial-tramway-yesterday-today-and-tomorrow

A talk about Palm Springs’ most famous landmark: the visionaries who conceived its idea, the people behind its design and construction, its importance to Palm Springs today and the Tramway’s plans for the future. Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020 Time: 6:00 pmDuration 1 hour Cost: Members - $10 N...

Did you know Raymond Loewy designed Air Force 1?Plus, these Logo's and more.  Exhibit Free at the McCallum Adobe.  Sign-...
12/03/2019

Did you know Raymond Loewy designed Air Force 1?
Plus, these Logo's and more. Exhibit Free at the McCallum Adobe. Sign-up for a walking or bike tour while you are there. pshistoricalsociety.org

Tour #10 MODERNIST TREASURES - Every Friday 9:30. Spectacular views from the Indian Canyon area tour. pshistoricalsociet...
11/30/2019

Tour #10 MODERNIST TREASURES - Every Friday 9:30.
Spectacular views from the Indian Canyon area tour. pshistoricalsociety.org

Meet Team Bike P.S.  This team insures that you are safe and ready to ride. PS. Historical Society Tours are offered Fri...
11/28/2019

Meet Team Bike P.S.
This team insures that you are safe and ready to ride.
PS. Historical Society Tours are offered Fri., Sat., Sun., Mon.
Book your bike tour by going to: pshistoricalsociety.org

The first Let's Talk Lecture of the season starts tonight @ the P.S. Cultural Center - 6:00,  November 21.  No Host Cock...
11/21/2019

The first Let's Talk Lecture of the season starts tonight @ the P.S. Cultural Center - 6:00, November 21. No Host Cocktails & free popcorn 5:00. Tickets still available. pshistoricalsociety.org

Stop by the McCallum Adobe - Take a tour of the Raymond Loewy Exhibit, given by our former Mayor Will Kleindienst - Free...
11/21/2019

Stop by the McCallum Adobe - Take a tour of the Raymond Loewy Exhibit, given by our former Mayor Will Kleindienst - Free Admission

11/15/2019

Let's Talk Lecture – NOVEMBER 21, 6:00. PS Cultural Center
"Hollywood at Home in Palm Springs"
pshistoricalsociety.org - Tickets
The histories of Hollywood and Palm Springs are reflected not only by the stars' homes, but also by their timelines. We'll explore big names such as Valentino, Sinatra, and Hope...from Thomas Edison and Nellie Coffman to Dinah Shore and Kirk Douglas...from the Silent Era to Blockbusters. As well as the Desert Inn to La Plaza theater. Since we explore the homes included on many of our walking tours it brings to life the connections between these two fabled towns. That's why we all feel like stars here in the desert.

Join the Fun!  Book a 2 hour 15 minute, bike tour with your friends.  You can't miss our yellow bikes, orange helmets an...
11/13/2019

Join the Fun! Book a 2 hour 15 minute, bike tour with your friends. You can't miss our yellow bikes, orange helmets and docents lime green shirts. pshistoricalsociety.org

Annual Picnic Under the Palms - Sunday, November 10th,12:00 Noon @ the Historical O'Donnell Golf Course Tickets: pshisto...
11/05/2019

Annual Picnic Under the Palms - Sunday, November 10th,
12:00 Noon @ the Historical O'Donnell Golf Course
Tickets: pshistoricalsociety.org.

You don't want to miss the first lecture of the season:  Thursday, November 21, 6:00 @ P.S. Cultural Center.Go to pshist...
11/04/2019

You don't want to miss the first lecture of the season: Thursday, November 21, 6:00 @ P.S. Cultural Center.
Go to pshistoricalsociety.org for tickets.

WOW - Another successful day of narrated tours in perfect weather, with Bike P.S. Join the Fun with friends Friday to Mo...
10/27/2019

WOW - Another successful day of narrated tours in perfect weather, with Bike P.S. Join the Fun with friends Friday to Monday.

Our very first day of wireless narrated bike tours was a hit!  Offered Fri, Sat, Sun & Mon.  Thank you Bike P.S. for par...
10/25/2019

Our very first day of wireless narrated bike tours was a hit! Offered Fri, Sat, Sun & Mon. Thank you Bike P.S. for partnering with the historical society. Go to our website for more information and sign-up. pshistoricalsociety.org

Starting this Friday - PS Historical Society and Bike Palm Springs will offer the first narrated  tour of our city's lan...
10/21/2019

Starting this Friday - PS Historical Society and Bike Palm Springs will offer the first narrated tour of our city's landmarks.
Go to our website to sign up and Join the Fun!

Just Opened -RAYMOND LOEWY EXHIBIT.  FREE - McCallum Adobe Museum admission & exhibit tour. Choose from 10 different Cit...
10/19/2019

Just Opened -RAYMOND LOEWY EXHIBIT.
FREE - McCallum Adobe Museum admission & exhibit tour.

Choose from 10 different City P.S. Walking Tours - $25.00.

Never seen before, now on display at the Adobe, early desert painters. Book your Bike and Walking tours the same time du...
10/13/2019

Never seen before, now on display at the Adobe, early desert painters.
Book your Bike and Walking tours the same time during your visit.

The McCallum Adobe renovation is now open and free to the public.  9 New Exhibits, 22 Bike and Walking tours offered eac...
10/12/2019

The McCallum Adobe renovation is now open and free to the public. 9 New Exhibits, 22 Bike and Walking tours offered each week. Learn P.S. History!

WE ARE OPEN:  October 10th - Tours Start & New Exhibit - Elizabeth Taylor's Dress from "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"  (Free Ad...
10/10/2019

WE ARE OPEN: October 10th - Tours Start & New Exhibit - Elizabeth Taylor's Dress from "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"
(Free Admission)

Learn about desert plants and screen blocks in our new tour: "MODERNIST TREASURES":  Lush Living on the Links",   Tours ...
09/13/2019

Learn about desert plants and screen blocks in our new tour: "MODERNIST TREASURES": Lush Living on the Links", Tours are available starting October 10.

We are back after a very busy summer.  Walking tours start October 10, followed by Fall Modernism, October 17-20.  Meet ...
09/09/2019

We are back after a very busy summer.
Walking tours start October 10, followed by Fall Modernism, October 17-20. Meet Tony and Rocky, owners of Bike Palm Springs. October 20, Bike tours will be available, Friday to Monday Go to our site to sign-up.

The new Palm Springs Historical Society Canyon Tour starts October 10, 2019.
05/02/2019

The new Palm Springs Historical Society Canyon Tour starts October 10, 2019.

Santorini Home Tour:  Being a volunteer at the P.S. Historical Society involves private home tours.  Go to our site and ...
04/26/2019

Santorini Home Tour: Being a volunteer at the P.S. Historical Society involves private home tours. Go to our site and join the team.

Last guests on the Inns, Architecture & Glamour Tour.Regular tours will start again October 10, 2019 with new tours.Priv...
04/20/2019

Last guests on the Inns, Architecture & Glamour Tour.
Regular tours will start again October 10, 2019 with new tours.
Private Tours available during the summer.
Thank you for supporting the P.S. Historical Society Walking Tours.

4 more days left:   P.S. Historical Society Walking Tours end. Can you recognize these on our tours?
04/15/2019

4 more days left: P.S. Historical Society Walking Tours end. Can you recognize these on our tours?

Last day for regular walking tours. APRIL 18, 2019.Private tours still available.  New tours  coming October 2019.  Tour...
04/13/2019

Last day for regular walking tours. APRIL 18, 2019.
Private tours still available. New tours coming October 2019.
Tour views of our beautiful city.

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221 S Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA
92262

BUZZ Bus operates Thursday to Sunday - Free

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Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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hey folks, I'm in town for work and have the weekend free, 10/13 & 14, would love to join a walking tour of period homes / neighborhoods? anything happening ? I know I'm just missing a big weekend and probably can't make Mod week :(
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