Tour 1 - The Heart of the City

Call for details 760-323-8297

Wednesday 9:30 am
Saturday 9:30 am

How did a tiny agricultural settlement become a world renowned getaway for the rich and famous and a playground of the stars? Palm Springs is unique in that many of its “founding fathers” were women. Pioneer John McCallum envisioned an agricultural community, and later his daughter Pearl McCallum McManus, alongside other forward-thinking women such as Nellie Coffman, Cornelia White, Julia Carnell and Zaddie Bunker, created an enchanting vacation paradise.

In the blocks bordering Tahquitz Canyon Way, you will see the results of their vision, the Heart of the City: site of La Plaza, the Welwood Murray Memorial Library, the Oasis Hotel tower. Stroll along the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. See the original Spanish-style stucco buildings with red tile roofs and arched passageways of La Plaza, credited with being the first shopping center in the country when it debuted in 1936. View some of the city's first Modernist buildings.

Discover this vibrant and historic business center with its exciting mix of restaurants, nightspots, hotels and shopping, all near the oldest existing structure in the city, the 1884 McCallum Adobe, located in The Village Green.

Approximately 1.5 hours

Starting Location: 
Meet at The McCallum Adobe - Palm Springs Historical Society
221 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Bring: Please bring proof of purchase (show digital email or print out ticket receipt). 
Wear comfortable shoes, bring water, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat is advised.

Please be advised no bathroom facilities on tours. 

No Refunds - Read the FAQ page for more details about the walking tours.

Free unlimited parking behind The McCallum Adobe - enter on South Belardo Road between West Baristo and West Arenas Road.


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