2015 "Tour Guide Of The Year" Winner

Jeff Swanson

Born at Venice Beach in Santa Monica, California, his parents celebrated their honeymoon in Palm Springs and as a child Jeff was introduced to the desert in 1958. Mom and Dad were avid fans of Gene Autry's California Angels and even before they were a major league team the family use to spend every available day in Palm Springs where the Angels held spring training. He tells wonderful stories of how Palm Springs use to be - in his words, "a celebration of the California desert."

Jeff left to go to college and spent a number of years away from the desert working in the publishing business for such companies as The Wall Street Journal. You would have to know Jeff to know that he would eventually own his own business. . . . often hearing him say "The worse day of being self-employed is better than the best day of working for someone else." After selling his business in Michigan he came back to his roots here in Palm Springs. Jeff's mix of old and new Palm Springs along with his quick smile and desire for you to have fun makes his tours a blast and frequently requested. His tours are fun and his stories are guaranteed to make you laugh.

Jeff also does Mid-Century Modern architecture tours, which are very much in demand, and a great way to see all there is to see of Mid-Century Modern Palm Springs.


During the summer, when it heats up here in the valley, Jeff takes to the road, heading to the Great Lakes where he enjoys his time at "The Cottage". "Life is so wonderful there, on the lake." Two wonderful grown sons and their families as well as the recent addition of his first Grandchild keep him busy. . . . . and that is a good thing.

You will enjoy his energy! We are happy to have him here at Celebrity Tours and you will be too!

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