It is impossible to have a list of desert destinations without including the largest and most famous of them all: the Sahara. Because this desert dominates North Africa, there are plenty of different places to find guided tours and even book sightseeing flights over the dunes. Morocco is one of the most accessible Saharan destinations, and it has some of the most attractive options for tourists.
People in search of an authentic desert experience can head to M'Hamid, a small town that is literally the “last stop” before the Sahara begins in earnest. Here, you can book multi-day camel and 4x4 trips in to the desert. Less remote towns like Erfoud, popular because of nearby dunes, and Ouarzazate, a charming historic town that has a slightly less touristy vibe, are other options for adventure seekers looking to set foot in the world's biggest desert.