Palm Springs is an oasis-like town a couple of hours' drive inland from LA, and the Ace Hotel & Swim Club is its coolest hotel.
Rooms are decorated with black-and-white photos, Persian-style rugs and retro furniture; a record player and private patio with a fireplace add to the quirky vibe.
A pilgrimage to Joshua
Tree National Park is a must, as is a trip on the aerial tramway to
the forest-clad peaks
of the San Jacinto Mountains. Evenings are best spent mingling with fellow guests at a party around the pool, or sipping cocktails in the Amigo Room bar.
Head to the caravan for boozy snow cones and other tasty treats.
WOW FACTOR: Palm Springs' mid-century architecture and sunshine give it a unique glamour.
FLIGHT TIME: 11 hours
WHEN TO GO: Spring, Summer
GO: Doubles from £62 (www.acehotels.com/palm springs). Virgin Atlantic (www.virgin-atlantic.com) flies to San Francisco from £437. Virgin America (www.virginamerica.com) flies from San Francisco to Palm Springs from £134 return.