Palm Springs, California

JW Marriott Desert Springs

In California's Sonoran Desert -- just 90 minutes from San Diego or Los Angeles -- this resort city offers stylish hotels, top-notch golf courses and spas, and wide-open natural beauty, not to mention ideal weather year-round.

The Marriott Convention & Resort Network offers three acclaimed properties in the area: the 884-room JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, which has 234,896 square feet of event space; the 512-room Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, and the 560-room Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa.

Be sure the agenda includes a breathtaking journey on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which runs along the cliffs of Chino Canyon to Mountain Station, at an elevation of 8,516 feet. Also nearby is a BMW Performance Driving School.