We’re always thinking about our next escape and this year, desert destinations are high on our must-visit list. We’re dreaming of the best places in the U.S. to escape for a gorgeous desert getaway. Think Vegas, Palm Springs, and Scottsdale. Read on for our favourite desert escapes and why you should go.

Palm Springs

Seekers of sun, fun, and good design flock to this desert oasis where the hip hotels are never-ending, the spas innumerable, and the food sublime. Palm Springs plays both the neighbourhood playground for Hollywood A-listers and where mid-century modern design aficionados swoon over the authentic architecture and cool boutiques dedicated to the style. Check out our guide to the perfect weekend away in Palm Springs.


Why should Scottsdale, Arizona top your travel list this year? Well, for one, there isn’t a bad time to visit. Year-round warm weather and sunshine make it a great destination no matter when you want to get away. Art enthusiasts will love the abundant galleries, studios, and museums which call Scottsdale home. While you’re there, don’t miss the gorgeous Sonoran Desert, best explored on foot, horse, or hot air balloon.

Las Vegas

Think Las Vegas is just casinos and drive-thru wedding chapels? Think again. This desert destination boasts world-class spas, top-notch dining, and gorgeous nature preserves. Lucky you – we’ve rounded up our favourite picks for brunch, lunch, and over-the-top shows in the ultimate 48-hour Vegas itinerary.

Palm Desert

This desert retreat in the Coachella Valley has become a shopping destination thanks to the upscale El Paseo Drive. Palm Desert’s idyllic El Paseo Drive is lined with palm trees, high-end boutiques, and public art pieces. Once the shopping is done, stick around for al fresco dining (and free courtesy golf carts to get you there in style).

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park just might be one of the most Instagrammed places in the U.S., but the infatuation is justified. The Mojave and Colorado deserts meet here and make for insanely beautiful landscapes dotted with interesting plant life (like the park’s namesake trees), wildlife, and natural rock formations. Time a hike during sunset and try not to Instagram a photo or two — it’s just not possible.