Palm Springs: Architectural Bike Tour Experience
238 Ratings
Palm Springs
Embark on a 2.5 to 3 hour bike tour of architecturally and historically significant residential neighborhoods in Palm Springs. Explore Deepwell Estates, Twin Palms, and Indian Canyons while learning about specific homes and architects. No athletic ability required!
Duration: 3 hours, 10 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • South Palm Canyon Drive - We’ll visit three distinctive and historic neighborhoods in south Palm Springs: Deepwell Estates, Twin Palms, and Indian Canyons.
  • Deepwell Estates - Home to many luxury midcentury houses built starting in 1950.
  • East Twin Palms Drive - Twin Palms Estates is a historic neighborhood built by the Alexander Construction Company and designed by William Krisel.
  • 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.
What's Included
  • Bottled water provided
  • Guidance from an expert tour guide
  • Enjoy perfect weather
What's Not Included
  • 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)
Additional Information

Join us on a brief 2.5 to 3-hour bicycle tour through three residential areas in South Palm Springs, renowned for their architectural and historical significance. The tour welcomes both beginners and experienced cyclists, with calm streets, no inclines, perennial sunshine, and minimal traffic ensuring a stress-free experience. (Don’t worry, this isn’t a workout session!)

We’ll journey through the locales of Deepwell Estates, Twin Palms, and Indian Canyons, halting frequently for photographic opportunities and informative sessions about specific residences and architects.

PLEASE NOTE: Bicycles aren’t provided. Our trip commences and concludes at a rental agency I associate with. They provide a special discount for my guests and an assortment of vivid cruiser bikes and electric pedal-assist bikes.

[ The tour has been meticulously curated for devoted architecture and history enthusiasts, imparting scholarly-grade knowledge and insights. As such, it might not appeal to some children. ]

Big Wheel Tours-Palm Springs
South Palm Canyon Drive
Tour start location will be Big Wheel Tours where you'll rent your bikes, if you're not bringing your own. (Please don't go to the Palm Desert location!) Free off-street parking is available behind the shop. We can wait 10 minutes for late arriving guests.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
(238 Ratings)
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May 26, 2024
Great time! - 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!
Review provided by Viator
May 26, 2024
Fun bike tour with the Mayor of Palm Springs - 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.
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Apr 22, 2024
A must trip to learn the story of Mid-Century architecture of Palm Springs - 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!
Review provided by Viator
Apr 19, 2024
Fun and Easy! - 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!
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Apr 14, 2024
Best bike tour!!! - 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.
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Apr 12, 2024
excellent tour - 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!
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Apr 11, 2024
Palm Springs architecture tour with Brennan!! - 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.
Review provided by Viator
Apr 5, 2024
Great tour - Great personalized tour. Great info and great stories. Highlight of our trip! Will be back soon to do again.
Review provided by Viator
Mar 26, 2024
Best Bike Tour! - Brennan is by far the most outstanding tour guide I have ever encountered. The bike tour he led was absolutely spectacular. His friendly demeanor and extensive knowledge made the experience even more enjoyable. I was fascinated by the mid-century modern architecture he showed us and was truly impressed by his expertise. I highly recommend taking this bike tour with Brennan.
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Mar 26, 2024
Super informative and fun - Brennan was super knowledgeable and fun. Saw some amazing places in three neighborhoods. Would go again, and would highly recommend.
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up to 4 guests
1 Adult
July 2024