Read the full article on Forbes: The 22 Best Places to Travel in the U.S. in 2022
During the pandemic, LA friends joked that Palm Springs was LA’s hippest new suburb. Just 2 hours away when there is no traffic, Palm Springs is always the best desert escape from the madness of LA. See the exciting developments coming in 2022.
Where to Go: Palm Springs, California
Chosen By: Melissa Curtin is a freelance travel and food writer who madly loves California. She is the founder of LaLaScoop.com. Follow her adventures at @lalascoop
Why: Long revered as California’s resort oasis and a hub for arts and design, Greater Palm Springs is the desert hot spot for 2022. “I adore Palm Springs for the peace and quiet, the nonstop fun you can easily seek out and the perpetual sunshine,” says Curtin. “Palm Springs feels like a small community, but has the culture and vibrancy of a large city. There is always something new to discover.”
In 2022, Greater Palm Springs will welcome a number of new hotels and resorts. “I’m super excited about several new properties coming to the desert this year like the 14-room Azure Sky and Hotel ZOSO’s revamped design and refresh, with a new food and beverage program.” Also on the horizon: Sensei Porcupine Creek, Hermann Bungalows and The Paloma Resort, each offering their own unique vibes, from ultra-luxe to wellness-minded.
From Coachella to the BNP Paribas Open, world-renowned events are also coming back on the scene and better than ever. “Modernism Week has expanded to offer more special programming and exclusive tours and events by extending dates to other months like May 12-15 this year,” says Curtin. “Plus, a new Modernism Museum highlighting the best of the modernist era from the 50s to the early 70s is coming soon as an inspirational modernist hub.”
Additionally, in late 2022, the new Coachella Valley Arena will open, serving as the future home of the Seattle Kraken’s American Hockey League (AHL), residencies and major concerts. Another exciting arrival: “Soon surfing in the desert will be possible as the Palm Springs Surf Club arrives—designed by surfers for surfers,” says Curtin.