Deserts may conjure up images of dry barren land, hot weather and inhospitable surroundings, but they offer also solitude, stunning landscapes and lively cities. The 4 major deserts in the US such as the Great Basin Desert, Chihuahuan Desert, Sonoran Desert and Mojave Desert make up a total of 473,000 square miles of all desert land in the country. Cities in the desert offer amazing experiences that you should not miss if you’re looking for a different type of sojourn.
East of the capital Phoenix in Arizona lies Scottsdale, a desert city known for its golf courses, spa resorts and desertscape of hills. Hike to the iconic peak of Camelback Mountain for magnificent views of the city or stroll in the Papago Park which has also a fantastic viewpoint. The Hole in the Rock with its open spaces and geological rock formations are remarkable. In the evening, take advantage of the town’s vibrant nightlife. Indulge in a quiet dinner and afterwards, blow off some steam at a Scottsdale nightclub where you can dance or have a few drinks with pals.
Las Vegas, Nevada
No list of desert cities is complete without Sin City, Nevada’s famous metropolis. There are plenty of things to keep you occupied from spending time on the Strip with its seemingly endless casino tables, entertaining shows, dance clubs, bars and restaurants. If you want to take a break from the glittering lights, head to Red Rock Canyon for a refreshing walk or even a cycling break. A day trip to the Valley of Fire is also a wonderful option with its vivid rock formations and vibrant landscapes. For something more exciting, hop to the Mob Museum and see for yourself the best and worst crime figures in the history of Vegas.
The city located in the eastern part of Utah attracts hordes of visitors not so much for its urban amenities but due to its superb geography. Moab is home to Arches and Canyonland national parks. Arches is known for having the biggest density of natural arches in the world while Canyonlands, as its name suggests, boasts of vivid landscapes of canyons, buttes and mesas. Moab is also close to Dead Horse Point State Park with dramatic and wild panoramas. After all sorts of outdoor activities be it kayaking, canyoneering, or hiking, take the time to visit Moab’s wineries and breweries. Enjoy a good meal in one of the city’s restaurants and afterwards, burn off those calories by exploring the local art scene at the Moab Artwalk.
A stay at a desert city is an unforgettable experience with its gorgeous landscapes, amazing rock formations and beautiful. It’s a trip that offers the best of nature and the convenience of an urban town.