You’ll find that some of the best scenery in the world is located in the desert. There are numerous desert cities that offer more than just breathtaking views though. These are nine of the best.
1. Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
One of the best ways to see the rugged Sonoran Desert from Scottsdale is from a hot air balloon. Scottsdale is a great place to play golf and the city is filled with some wonderful restaurants. You’ll be able to tour a local winery and working olive mill. There’s also plenty for the kids to do with a fantastic railway museum and a world-class zoo.
2. Casablanca, Morocco
Casablanca shot to fame with the movie of the same name starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman decades ago. It’s a mysterious and romantic place in the Western Sahara Desert.
You’ll be able to visit the Ain Diab coastal road which travels from the Sidi Bou Abderrahmane mausoleum to the El Hank Lighthouse. Casablanca mixes the old and new perfectly and the Maarif district is a must see part of the city.
Dubai is now one of the most popular and hottest tourist areas in the world. It’s an ideal spot for shopping, golfing, and sunbathing. You can cool down slightly in the refreshing waters close to Jumeria, which is where the finest beaches are located. There are plenty of clubs, restaurants, bars, and first-class hotels.
4. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Las Vegas is the liveliest desert city you’ll come across anywhere in the world. It’s a non-stop bustling place filled with world-class casinos, resorts, hotels, restaurants, and entertainment venues.
It’s also one of the best shopping areas in the world and a great place to golf. You don’t have to be a gambler or drinker to enjoy everything this amazing city has to offer, but it definitely doesn’t hurt.
5. Four Corners, USA
This is the opposite of Las Vegas. It’s a quiet area where New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah meet and intersect. It’s rooted in traditional American culture and you’ll be able to explore many Native American sites.
You’ll also be able to view the Navajo culture, such as ceremonies, arts and handicrafts. One of the top resorts is Amangiri, where you can forget about your troubles in a picturesque valley and watch the world drift by.
6. Tucson, Arizona, USA
There are plenty of outdoor activities to keep you hopping in Tucson. These include biking, hiking, caving, rock climbing, and horseback riding. You can also head over to the Kitt Peak National Observatory where you can gaze at the stars outdoors.
The observatory has a fantastic series of telescopes which will enable you to get an excellent view of the star-filled sky. Tucson is also well known for its creative Mexican cuisine and Tequilas.
7. Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
This resort is located on the Red Sea and is one of the world’s best spots for scuba diving. There are colourful coral reefs and thousands of different types of fish. The seafood of course is unreal and there are some other excellent local dishes to try out, especially in the region of Naama Bay.
If you visit Ras Mohammed, which is at the peninsula’s southern tip, you’ll find the national park which allows you to go back in time.
8. Palm Springs, California, USA
Palm Springs is located near the majestic San Jacinto Mountains. It’s filled with a variety of boutique shops and galleries and offers authentic Native American culture. You’ll find a lot of tradition and history mixed with modern conveniences and one of the best ways to explore it all is by the city’s aerial tramway.
9. Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Santa Fe offers an excellent blend of history, culture, and the arts all in a desert setting. It lies in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the foothills of the Rockies. It boasts some top-class museums and galleries which feature contemporary and traditional works of art.