Palm Springs, CA
Palm Springs is not just for the rich and famous: In fact, this popular holiday destination is ideal for sun seekers and adventure lovers on a budget. “Palm Springs is a great alternative to the popular Los Angeles,” says Day. “And if you book early, the holiday season can be the perfect time to get a great deal on stylish hotels and spa packages.” Hike or horseback ride through the nearby San Jacinto Mountains, and then, relax by the pool or at the spa. Another great budget-friendly activity? Hop on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
, which—for $25 a person—takes you 8,000 feet into the San Jacinto Mountains, so you can get an incredible view of the entire city and beyond. Nab a suite at the 20-room Sparrows Lodge
, a restored circa-1952 boutique property that boasts rustic, lodge-like decor in a classic, relaxed Palm Springs setting.