Palm Springs tours are something that many visitors do on their own. However, there are a number of reasons to choose expertly guided tours of the large Coachella Valley and its surrounding mountains and deserts. If you have never visited the city before, Palm Springs bus tours that give you an overview of the city, its history, and Native American heritage is an excellent way to get oriented and find the places that you might want to spend more time exploring in-depth during the rest of your visit. Because these Palm Springs bus tours are escorted by professional guides with extensive knowledge of the region, the commentary you receive along the way will give you a richer understanding of the attractions you experience during your vacations. These orientation tours generally last from two to three hours.
Palm Springs celebrity tours are also generally on buses and motorcoaches. Numerous Hollywood stars have made their homes here. Likewise with famous politicians. Beginning with Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt, many powerful people have vacationed in the area. When President Gerald Ford left office, he and his wife retired in Rancho Mirage just outside of Palm Desert. He died here, and his wife established the Betty Ford Center here. But most Palm Springs celebrity tours concentrate on the homes of the glitzy movie stars who began coming here in the 1930s. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz so loved the region that they built the first hotel ever located on a golf course (which are in plentiful supply in the area). Bob Hope and Dinah Shore helped to make this one of the premier golf destinations in the world. Just in and around the Palm Springs city limits, Palm Springs celebrity tours will take you past the homes of 60 to 90 movie stars.
Other Palm Springs tours take you outside of the city and into the wilderness of the San Jacinto Mountains. Many of these journeys start with a ride up into the mountains on the famous aerial tramway, and then spend anywhere from two or three hours to the full day hiking with an expert guide on some of the 54 miles of trails in the Mount San Jacinto State Park. Wilderness trips like this also travel into the vast Joshua Tree National Park. Hiking in the desert or the mountains is one activity that benefits from the expertise of a guide. These are sometimes Palm Springs bus tours (usually a van or small bus carrying up to about 15 or 20 people) that make stops at the Visitors Center and The Hidden Valley and the Keys. Hidden Valley is a canyon enclosed by rocks rumored to have been used by horse and cattle rustlers; there is a one-mile hiking trail through the canyon. The Keys is a viewpoint with panoramic vistas of the famous San Andreas Fault, Mount San Jacinto, Mount San Gorgonio, and the Salton Sea. You can book these tours for the entire day, including a picnic lunch.
Other Palm Springs tours include tours of the actual San Andreas Fault, visits to the vast wind farm in the San Gorgonio Pass with more than 3,000 giant windmills, visits (and brew sampling) at the Craft Brewery, and scenic helicopter flights over the valley. Although the vintages produced in the Napa Valley of Northern California are more famous and the wineries more numerous, there are a number of small vineyards and wineries in the area. These dot the landscape from Palm Springs and Palm Desert, past Indio and to the Salton Sea. Wine tours from Palm Springs visit some of these wineries, as well as in the Temecula Valley located about 70 miles from Palm Springs.