Architecture Tour, Palm Springs
Concierge.com's insider take:
Palm Springs is the epicenter of Space Age modernist (a.k.a. Googie) architecture from masters William Cody, Richard Neutra, John Lautner, and Albert Frey, many of whom were commissioned to design the millionaire homes of stars like Frank Sinatra when they settled in the desert during the 1930s and 1940s. The Palm Springs Modern Committee publishes a map and driving guide to 66 historic buildings. It's available for $5 at the Palm Springs Visitor Information Center (2901 N. Palm Canyon Drive; 760-778-8418; www.palm-springs.org). The map includes descriptions of the buildings and short biographies of the best-known local architects.