It used to be that pioneers and settlers avoided deserts, given their barren lifelessness and lack of resources. It's nothing short of ironic, then, that the calm, desolate ambiance that deserts provide is a serious draw for vacationers today. One of our newest Oyster destinations, Palm Springs, is undergoing a renaissance, and is transforming from a sleepy retirement community to a trendy, young weekend retreat spot (Coachella Festival, anyone?) just two hours away from the smog of Los Angeles. It's amazing what a weekend of spa treatments, golf and panoramic moonscape-esque views can do for weary travelers.
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