On our first day in Palm Springs, I spotted a sign in front of the Palm Springs General Store about Walking Tours. Jim and I decided to go on the Architecture tour, which guide Patti Hanley leads Tuesdays through Saturdays at 9:30 a.m., plus Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.
The cost is $15 per person. Tours meet in front of the Palm Springs General Store (193 S. Palm Canyon Dr., at Arenas).
Patti's company is Palm Springs Walking Tours. Her other tours are "Palm Springs: Past to Present" and "Ghosts & Legends" You can reserve ahead, or, as we did, just show up.
Patti is a wealth of knowledge about Mid-Century Modernism, the architectural style that is so prevalent in Palm Springs. She also gave us some history of the area and bits of local gossip.
We saw many examples right in the downtown area, as well as seeing some Spanish Colonial Revival buildings.
The tour lasted almost two hours and we walked about a mile or so.
I highly recommend Patti's tour. No matter how well you know Palm Springs, her tour is sure to enrich your awareness of the surroundings.
These are some of the buildings we saw: