The desert's unmatched beauty inspires awe unlike anything else. It makes you wonder how such beauty can grow in harsh conditions. Its dusty scapes are dotted with prickly cacti that yield colourful blooms in the spring, and the sunsets seem unreal. Imagine purple, orange, and red swirls lighting up the desert floor.
New Mexico is dubbed the "Land of the Enchantment" for good reason. It's home to numerous desert towns, each unique in its own way and rich in natural beauty. Albuquerque is New Mexico's largest city and is an excellent base for visitors who want to explore other areas in the state, as well, including Taos and Santa Fe.
"Hike up to the mysterious sand caves, down into awe-inspiring Bryce Canyon, or trek out for a big day at Zion National Park," says Whitney Brielle Martin, CMO of JET Hospitality. Kanab has enough flavour to keep you entertained, great views, and a better price and pace than nearby hubs; you won't be disappointed.
Moab is a central base for exploring several of Utah's national parks, including Arches (prioritise Delicate Arch, Landscape Arch, and Fiery Furnace trails) and Canyonlands, which offers scenic hikes and overlooks like Grand View Point, Green River Overlook, and Shafer Canyon & Shafer Trail Viewpoint.
Rock Springs is a tiny town located in Southern Wyoming named after a once flowing spring that's no longer there. While the town itself is quite small, it's considered the preferred base for explorers who want to check out the state's impressive Red Desert.
A quick jaunt from Los Angeles, Palm Springs rose to fame in the 1920s when Hollywood elite made the desert oasis their choice getaway. It still serves as such, attracting everyone from movie stars to everyday folks for a glamorous desert reprieve.
Taos is a must-visit desert town with a thriving art scene, iconic landmarks, and stunning Rockies vistas. It's home to the world's only UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Historic Landmark Native American community. St. Francisco de Asis, 250 years old, is one of the world's most photographed churches.
Scottsdale, Arizona is considered part of the Phoenix metro, though it certainly has its own flair. Its Old Town, which still gives vibes of the Wild Wild West, is a major draw, as are its many resorts, eateries, bars, and shopping stalls.