Palm Springs, Calif.
This desert haven in Southern California has long been a popular getaway for Hollywood celebrities. Spas, nightclubs and golf courses are certainly part of the Palm Springs experience, but this city is also one of the best places to use as a base when exploring the California desert. The canyonlands just outside the city center are crisscrossed with hiking trails. Biking and horseback riding options are also available.
There is even an aerial tram that climbs up the San Jacinto Mountains, offering easy access to stunning views and alpine trails. One of the most unique national parks in the country, Joshua Tree National Park is only a short drive from Palm Springs. If you’re looking for a convenient place to get out into the desert, Palm Springs is an ideal choice. It’s even possible indulge in a little nightlife or take a celebrity-themed history tour in between desert excursions.