One of America’s ‘first families’ of the 20th century, industrialist/diplomat/philanthropist couple Walter (1908–2002) and Leonore (1918–2009) Annenberg entertained seven US presidents, royalty, Hollywood celebrities and heads of state at their 200-acre winter retreat. The estate's art-filled main home, a 1966 mid-century modern masterpiece by A Quincy Jones, is accessible only by 90-minute guided tour; book online far in advance. No reservations are required for the exhibits at the visitor center (built 2012) or magnificent desert gardens, inspired by impressionist paintings.
House-tour tickets are released at 9am on the 15th of the preceding month; book way ahead as they often sell out quickly. Note that children under 10 are not allowed. Online tickets are also available for bird walks offered Thursdays and Saturdays at 8:45am from November to April ($35). Finally, there's the 45-minute Open-Air Experience, a shuttle tour of the grounds and golf course that runs from September to April ($21); tickets are sold first-come, first-served at the visitor center. Neither of the latter two tours gives access to the house.