Summer Sun and a Whole Lotta Fun—Here’s Where to Head for the Ultimate Desert Road Trip

Set Your GPS to an Omni Resort for a Fun Desert Road Trip

Southern California sunshine, the open road, wind whipping through your hair—there’s something about taking a long drive through the desert that stirs up feelings of true adventure. And while we all know that what matters is the journey and not the destination, these three Omni Resort locations are definitely worth the trip. Whether you’re sun-chasing or seeking a closer connection with nature, these three road trips are bound to yield amazing memories. Grab your favorite passenger, press play on our Roadtrip Essentials playlist and set your GPS to Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, Omni Tucson National Resort and Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. Desert Road Trip

Trip Tip: Don’t worry if your everyday ride isn’t adventure-worthy; you can make the most of your road trip with a rental from The Camper Cartel!


Destination 1: Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, Rancho Mirage, CA

Before this property became what it is now, it was Desert Air Hotel & Resort, designed by notable architect H.L. “Hank” Gogerty in the ‘50s. The hotel was so beloved amongst the Hollywood stars that a few, including Bob Hope and Cary Grant, were present at the groundbreaking of Omni Rancho Las Palmas in 1977. Today, the resort pays homage to its Golden Era roots with a golf course, tennis courts and—of course—lots of pools to dip into.  

Don’t Miss Out: Omni Rancho Las Palmas’ Escape and Save offer helps you save 15% off of your midweek stay when you book for two or more nights.


Lookin’ Good

Want the quintessential Greater Palm Springs experience? Omni Rancho Las Palmas guests can enjoy the resort’s lush, green lawns, a view of larger-than-life mountains and brilliant sunsets speckled by palm trees. And while this destination will definitely beckon you outside, we think you’ll fall in love with your room’s classic California-chic decor.



Splish Splash Desert Road Trip

There are lots of ways to cool off on a hot desert day, and Omni Rancho Las Palmas has thought of them all! For sunbathers and quick-dippers, head to the main pool or the lazy river. For kids, head over to Splashtopia for water slides and a sandy beach—if that’s not your scene, you can traipse over to the adults-only Azure Pool. And if you’re seeking the ultimate serenity, we recommend the relaxing Spa Pool. 


Bon Appetit! Desert Road Trip

With five on-site eateries, you’ll have tons of delicious options for breakfast, lunch, dinner and plenty of snacks in between. For cozy, new-American cuisine, check out the resort’s signature restaurant, bluEmber. Take a break after your golf round at Between the 9s, and Palms Cafe is perfect for grab’n’go bites. Last but not least, take a look at Splash Grill’s poolside menu for kid-friendly food and adult-friendly beverages.



Let go of stress and indulge in some true R&R at Spa Las Palmas, Omni Rancho Las Palmas’ premier luxury spa. Revitalize up your look with a Classic Spa Manicure or Pedicure or unwind with a relaxing, healing CBD Pain-Relieving Massage. You can also refresh your skin with a Desert Mirage Custom Facial that’s created specifically for your needs. Go ahead, you deserve it!

Trip Tip: Don’t worry—the giant brontosaurus and the T-Rex aren’t a mirage. Hop out of the car and take some pics at the Cabazon Dinosaurs on your drive out to Rancho Mirage! 

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
41000 Bob Hope Dr
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Destination 2: Omni Tucson National Resort, Tucson, AZ

At the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains lies a breathtaking resort brimming with experiences that you’ll never forget. Take in the natural landscape as you drive up to the Omni Tucson National Resort and prepare for the ultimate Arizona getaway filled with golf, fine dining and luxurious spa treatments. 

Don’t Miss Out: The Summer Stay and Play promotion helps you save 10% off a one-night stay, 15% off for a two-night stay and 20% off for a three-night stay.


Vibe Check Desert Road Trip

While walking through the sun-drenched property, its classic Tucson atmosphere is unmistakable. Along with a relaxing desert ambiance and beautiful Southwest-chic decor, the Omni Tucson National Resort offers everything you could ever want from an Arizona escape, including tennis courts, multiple golf courses, sparkling pools and a relaxing spa. 


Poolside Paradise

Take the edge off a hot day and lounge near one of Omni Tucson National Resort’s pools. The zero-edge pool offers a seamless entrance into refreshing waters, and the Catalina pool is perfect for laps or simply dipping in to cool down. The resort also offers cabana rentals, complete with TVs, overhead fans, privacy curtains and service from the Sweetwater Cabana Bar.


Time to Eat Desert Road Trip

Feeling peckish? Omni Tucson National Resort offers four menus to help you feel energized and fueled up throughout the day. Start your morning with The Morning Table menu in Bob’s Steak and Chop House for a wholesome breakfast, then grab a spot at the pool and order a fruity cocktail from the Sweetwater Cabana Bar. For a pick-me-up after an afternoon of golf, we recommend Legends Bar & Grill, then wine and dine the night away with succulent fare and an elegant atmosphere at Bob’s Steak and Chop House.


Tee Up Desert Road Trip

Grab your clubs and head out to the renowned Tucson Golf Courses for a day out on the green. Play like a pro on the Catalina Course, designed by Robert Van Hagge and Bruce Devlin, with eight lakes, 80 bunkers and over 30 PGA Tour events under its belt. Another option is the Tom Lehman-designed Sonora Course with 69 bunkers and traditional fairways amongst the mountains. Omni Tucson National Resort offers golf instruction for first-timers or for players who want to improve their swing, and there’s also Kids Unlimited Golf for young putters who can’t get enough of the course! 

Trip Tip: Want to gain a different perspective? From October through April, you can get a bird’s eye view of the desert with a hot air balloon ride

Omni Tucson National Resort
2727 West Club Dr
Tucson, AZ 85742

Destination 3: Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, Scottsdale, AZ

Romance, relaxation, recreation: is any vacation complete without these three Rs? Fortunately, Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia checks off all three of those boxes! From the second you enter the resort’s property and are greeted by the luxurious, Spanish-style architecture, you’ll feel the stress lifting off of your shoulders and anticipation for all of the wonderful experiences to come.

Don’t Miss Out: With the Experience Montelucia package, you can enjoy daily overnight parking, a daily $45 Joya Spa credit and a daily $60 dining credit. 


Es Bonito Desert Road Trip

Dreaming of meandering through Madrid or basking in the Barcelona sun? This resort will have you feeling like you’re just a road trip away! Inspired by traditional Spanish design, Omni Scottsdale features warm neutral tones, rich dark-colored woods and cool stone tiling, which let the foliage and water features truly shine. Combined with its mountainous backdrop, you’ll be feeling nothing short of awestruck.


Cabana Ooh Na Na

If half of your heart’s in a cabana, you’re in luck—Omni Scottsdale offers cabana rentals for its Kasbah pool and its adults-only Oasis pool. Each rental option offers shaded, misted space for up to six people, poolside service, access to a hot tub and complimentary WiFi.



Everyone knows that the best part of vacation is the food! Experience the taste of Spain with Omni Scottsdale’s Spanish-inspired fare at Prado and Mbar. Should you want to indulge in dishes that reflect the agriculture of Arizona and Mexico, we recommend Taqueria Centro. Pick up a quick artisanal bite at Crave Cafe, enjoy a tropical cocktail while sunning yourself at the pool or nourish your body with a health-forward meal from Joya Terrace. And if you’re looking for a truly special way to highlight your trip, you can opt for private dining!


Jumping for Joya

Joya Spa at Omni Scottsdale is truly an amazing experience for your mind, body and spirit. While the spa and salon offer standard treatments like massages, facials and hairstyling, there are truly luxurious items on the menu that you shouldn’t pass up. Highlights consist of the Hammam-inspired spa room, acupuncture, IV therapy and Healing Dreams. Spa visitors also have access to dining on Joya Terrace and enjoying the Joya Terrace pool. Check out the Summer of Spa specials available while you’re there! 

Trip Tip: Explore Old Town Scottsdale and experience the food scene like a local! Grab a Hangover Burger from Rehab Burger Therapy, satisfy your sweet tooth (and your Insta feed) with Sweet Dee’s Bakeshop, tap into a flight at Goldwater Brewing Company and dine al fresco at FnB.

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
4949 East Lincoln Dr
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

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Born and raised near the Pacific Coast, Jordan Nishkian is a California girl through and through. She graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a BA in Creative Writing and a BA in Anthropology, and her favorite place to be is curled up in a comfy chair with a book in her hand and a pen in her hair.




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